Go to Virginia's Secretary of the Commonwealth's website, where you will find the Name Registration Form (see Resources below). Completely and accurately fill out the form if your business name is available in Virginia.
Find a notary public in your community by using the Virginia Notary Public Directory (see Resources below), where you will find notary publics in Virginia listed by county and city. Take the Name Registration Form to the notary public where he will witness as you sign the form then he will notarize it.
Write a check to the Secretary of the Commonwealth or purchase a money order for $7.50, the fee for registering your name with the Commonwealth. The $7.50 and the Name Registration Form should be mailed to the Organization Registrar at the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth; P.O. Box 2454; Richmond, VA 23218.
Do not use your business name until the Commonwealth advises you, with a letter in the mail, that the registration has been successful. Once you have received that confirmation, you can officially begin operating under your new business name.
Pay the registration fee of $7.50 annually, which will renew your name for another year. The renewal registration fee must be received by December 31 of each year and the Commonwealth will confirm that your registration has gone through via a notification letter in the mail.