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A DBA stands for “Doing Business As.” If an individual operates a sole proprietorship under a name different then their legal name, then a DBA is required. The same is true for a Corporation or LLC that plans on conducting business under a name different from their legal business name. In some jurisdictions a DBA can also be referred to as a “Trade Name”, “Assumed Name” and more commonly a “Fictitious Name.”
Examples of DBA's
Brad Smith (an individual) wanted to do business as “Flat Top Landscaping.” In order for Brad to legally conduct business under a name different then his legal name, a DBA needs to be filed.
Jonathan the owner of Market’s & More, LLC has decided to open up a furniture store next door to his grocery store and knock the wall down and connect the two stores. Jonathan has decided not to open another LLC for this business venture. He has decided to file a DBA for his current LLC so he can do business as Furniture & More. Once completed, Market’s & More, LLC will be able to conduct business as Furniture & More as well.
DBA’s are most commonly filed for sole proprietors that are looking to open up a business bank account and for existing corporation and LLCs that want to conduct business under a business name that differs from their legal name.
After a DBA filing is completed there are some jurisdictions that require the filing be published in the newspaper. The publication must run in authorized newspapers pursuant to DBA filing requirements set forth in that jurisdiction.
Usually publication is required to be completed within the first 1-3 months after the DBA was approved. Publication generally includes the DBA name, business address and who filed it. DoMyLLC will ensure that the filing for the DBA is completed along with any additional publication required. Failure to complete the required publication will generally cause the DBA to not be valid for use.
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What is a DBA?
A DBA is a name of an individual or company conducting business under what is different than their legal name.
Where do you file a DBA?
Where to file depends on state requirements. Some states require you file at the city, others the county or even the state office. To find out what the requirements are in your state, please contact our office toll free at (888)-DoMyLLC (366-9552).
Who can file a DBA?
- Individual/Sole Proprietor.
- S Corporation.
- Nonprofit Corporation.
- Professional Corporation.
Is a DBA needed to open a business bank account as a sole proprietor?
Banks generally require a DBA be filed prior to opening a business account for a sole proprietor.
Do I have to file a DBA once I start using one?
In most jurisdictions you are required to file your DBA within about 60 days after you first started using the name.
Can I have more than one DBA?
There is no limit to the amount of DBA’s a person or entity can have.