Register a Business

Once you have written your business plan and you have chosen a name you will need to register with Albany County and New York State.

Due to legal, liability and financial concerns you should consult with an attorney and a financial advisor for assistance on how best to proceed with this step.

How to File a DBA in Albany County

A “DBA” (shorthand for “doing business as”) is officially referred to as an “Assumed Business Name” in New York State law. Section 130 of the State’s General Business Law sets out the requirements and conditions of DBAs.

Banks require a certified copy of your filed DBA before they will allow you to open a bank account for your new business.

To download a blank DBA form and for filing instructions please visit the Albany County Clerk’s website.

New York State Department of State Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code

The Division examines, files, and maintains numerous documents vital to business and state government including state and local laws, oaths of office, trademarks, certificates of incorporation, and Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 financing statements. The Division is also responsible for the authentication of public documents for use in other countries.

Checkout their website for more information: NYS Existing Corporations and Businesses