How to File Your Fictitious Business Name
Chances are you already know that “DBA” stands for “Doing
Business As.” But many of you still have questions about
why you need a DBA and what the process entails, so we’ve
developed a convenient guide to answer your questions.
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DBA filing requirements for your state so that you can stick
DBA stands for "doing business as" and is an official
registration of your business name.
With a DBA you can:
Open a bank account under the name for business and
Market and advertise to increase visibility of your business
Create a professional business identity for your customers
DBAs are also known as
- Fictitious Names
- Fictitious Business Names
- Assumed Names
- Trade Names
In most states, DBA registration is necessary if your company
conducts any business under a name other than your own
"Conducting business" can include marketing, advertising,
letterhead, business cards, etc.., in addition to actual business
DBAs are not just for sole proprietors. If you are a corporation
or LLC and want to do business under a name different than
your corporate name, you are also required to file for a DBA.
If your name were Jane Brown and the name of your business
was Donuts Unlimited, you would register your business as
Jane Brown, doing business as Donuts Unlimited.
If you were a corporation named ABC, Inc., and you conducted
business under the name Express Cabinets, you would
register your business name as ABC, Inc., doing business as
Many banks ask for a
certified copy of your DBA
before opening a business
A DBA can be almost any name under which you are
You cannot, however,