From what I can tell, there are two ways: online, or fill out a form and mail it in.
Method 1: File a Michigan DBA Online
I don’t know why anyone would do it any other way. You can file a DBA or Assumed Business name online at LARA: https://cofs.lara.state.mi.us/corpweb/LoginSystem/ExternalLogin.aspx
I found it difficult to figure out where to file a DBA online, so you’re welcome for the above link. But the next step is logging into the LARA portal with your CID/PIN. I didn’t have mine. So I clicked on the CID/PIN Recovery link. I was emailed a new pin in minutes and then logged into LARA. The efficiency was amazingly awesome.
Once logged in, I selected Form 541 “Certificate of Assumed Name” filled it out, and submitted my payment online using my debit card.
This method is SO MUCH EASIER that printing a form, filling it out, writing out a check, finding an envelope, etc.
The turn around time was refreshingly fast. The turn around time was just a few hours because I elected to receive my DBA paperwork electronically by email. So for me, the online method is definitely preferred.
Method 2: Mailing in the Form
Let’s assume you really like things to take longer and be more difficult. In that case, you can print the Michigan DBA (assumed name) from here: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-10401-69104–,00.html
The difficulty is immediate, as they don’t make what link you are supposed to click very clear. At the time are writing this, the link to download the form is hidden in the sentence “A Certificate of Assumed Name form should be submitted by Corporations, Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies.” Here let me translate for the State of Michigan.
To download From 541: “Certificate of Assumed Name”, click here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/541_08-15_527736_7.pdf
So much clearer!
Once you’ve downloaded the form, print it out, fill it out, find an envelope and squeeze this amazingly long address on it:
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909
Then fill out a check for $25 and add it to the envelope with your form.
Mail the whole thing. In about three days, LARA will receive the envelope and process it, work some magic and spit out a DBA, which they will mail back to you. Three days later, you will receive your DBA.
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