Georgia law requires that every person, firm or partnership operating a business under any name which does not disclose the individual ownership of the trade, business or profession must file a registration statement in the office of the Clerk of Superior Court and that notice of such filing must be published in the legal organ of the county once a week for two weeks.
The law further provides that any person or entity subject to such law carrying on any trade or business without registration as required shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be subject to other penalty or forfeiture.
This requirement allows creditors and others the opportunity to learn the identity of the actual owner, since it will be the owner who is personally liable for the debts and obligations of the business.
A Trade Name "DBA" can be obtained at the County Clerk of Superior Courts at the Screven County Courthouse, 216 Mims Rd. in Sylvania. For more information call 912-564-2614.