File a DBA

DBA (Doing Business As)
or Ficticious Business Name

A "DBA" stands for "Doing Business As," also known as a "trade name," "fictitious business name," or "assumed name." It's not a separate legal structure like a corporation or LLC, but rather a registration that allows a business to operate under a name different from the legal name of its owner or the entity.

Here are the key points about a DBA:

  • Name Usage: A DBA allows a business to operate and conduct transactions using a name other than the legal name of its owner(s) or the officially registered name of the business entity (such as a corporation or LLC). For example, John Smith can register a DBA for his sole proprietorship, “Smith’s Tech Solutions,” instead of operating solely under his personal name.

  • Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships: Sole proprietors and partnerships often use DBAs to create a more marketable or recognizable brand without the need for establishing a separate legal entity like a corporation or LLC.

  • Separate Legal Entity: It’s important to note that a DBA does not create a separate legal entity. The business remains legally tied to its owner(s). The DBA is simply a way to conduct business under a different name.

  • Registration Requirements: Registering a DBA typically involves filing with the appropriate state, county, or local government agency. The requirements and procedures for registering a DBA vary by jurisdiction. Usually, this involves submitting an application, paying a fee, and ensuring that the chosen name is not already in use by another business in the same locality.

  • Public Disclosure: Once registered, a DBA becomes public information. It allows customers, vendors, and the general public to identify the individuals or entities behind the business operating under that name.

  • Banking and Legalities: With a DBA, businesses can open bank accounts, receive payments, and enter into contracts using the registered fictitious name.

  • Limited Liability: Using a DBA doesn’t provide any legal protection against liabilities or debts. Sole proprietors and partnerships using a DBA are generally personally responsible for the business’s obligations and debts.

DBAs are a straightforward way for businesses to operate under a different name while maintaining the legal structure of the owner(s). However, they do not provide the same level of legal protection or tax benefits as forming a separate legal entity like a corporation or an LLC. As regulations and requirements regarding DBAs vary by location, consulting with a local attorney or business advisor is recommended to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations.

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NOTE: Most people now choose to form an LLC which starts at $59, provides liability protection and, in many states, is actually formed faster (and typically doesn’t require “publishing”), is taxed the exact same, and is sometimes as inexpensive as a filing a DBA. We can help you do either!

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NOTE: If you wish to file a DBA name for a Corporation or LLC, you must have already formed the Corporation or LLC before using this order form.

Do I Need a DBA?

A DBA serves two purposes:
  • 1. If you are starting your business as a sole proprietorship or a partnership, then you will need to file a DBA so that you can “do business as” a name other than your real name.

  • For example: If you are named John Smith and wanted to operate as “JS Enterprises”, you would need to file a DBA so that you can a) operate under that name and b) open a company bank account to accept payments made to “JS Enterprises”.

  • 2. If your business is already set up as a corporation or an LLC, and you want to do business under a different name than your existing corporate or LLC name, you will need to file a DBA.

  • For example: If your company name is ABC Services, LLC and you want to operate as “QuickKleen Services”, then you would file a DBA. If you want to operate only as “ABC Services, LLC”, then the DBA would not be required.

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