Business Name Filings – DBAs
Overview of Business Name Filings – DBAs
A "DBA" is an acronym for "doing business as" and is also referred to as a fictitious business name (FBN), trade name, or assumed name. DBA registrations are required when the business name being used is different from the owner’s or entity's legal name. Below are some examples of when a DBA is required:
- If John Smith starts a sole-proprietorship called "Donut Factory", he must file a DBA because his actual legal name does not appear in the business name. However, if he decided to use the business name "John Smith's Donuts" then DBA registration is generally not required, but is still recommended.
- If Jane Doe and Janet Smith start a partnership called "Top Notch Consulting", they must file a DBA because their actual legal name does not appear in the business name. However, if they decided to use the business name "Doe & Smith Consulting Services" then DBA registration is generally not required, but is still recommended.
- If Widgets Investments Inc. (the corporation’s legal name) is created to run a restaurant named "Hamburger World", then a DBA must be filed. However, if Widgets Investments Inc. only uses their legal name "Widgets Investments Inc." to conduct business, then DBA registration is generally not required, but is still recommended.
Even if you are exempt, filing a DBA is still recommended because most financial institutions will not open a business bank account until they receive proof that a DBA is properly registered. In addition to the filing, some states also require that the DBA be legally published in a local court approved newspaper. The legal publication is intended to provide legal notice to the general public of the recently filed business name.
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