In the State of Utah, registering a business name and registering a business are one and the same. All business entities in the state must register with the state, as well as with their local county and city governments, as applicable. The state registration will require a fee, and most city and county registrations will require a small fee, as well. Some business registrations will require other licensing or neighbor approvals. The only way to check the availability of a business name and to register a business name is through the Utah Department of Commerce. City and county registrations are additional steps in the process of legally doing business in Utah. Read on to learn more about how to register a business name in Utah.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with Internet access
- Complete information regarding the business being registered
- Funds for fee payment (credit/debit card to use for online payment)
Check business name availability with the Utah Department of Commerce. If the name is available, you may register it. If not, you will need to choose a different business name and repeat this step.
Enter the “OneStop” section of the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code site in order to register your business name and business. You will need to answer some preliminary questions before you may begin.
Create a Registration Account for the OneStop site. Once you have completed the registration, if you need to stop and save at any point in the process you may do so. Your information will be saved so you may continue the process later. Information will be saved for up to 120 days.
Complete the online registration application and pay the appropriate fee through the OneStop site.
Use the OneStop site Local Municipality Contact Information page to contact your city and county about their business registration requirements. Generally, you will need to fill out more paperwork and pay another fee. These registrations usually are only valid for one year, but your municipality will send out a renewal notice before expiration.