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All businesses in California that uses a DBA name must file their DBA registration within 40 calendar days from the date the business began using the DBA name.

In the State of California, DBA filings are valid for 5 years from the date of filing. A renewal must be filed before the expiration.

Legal Publication:
California law requires four-weeks of legal publication for new DBA filings or DBA filings which contain changes. Legal publication must start within 30 calendar days from the date of filing. Generally, DBA renewals do not require publication as long as all the business information has not changed.

Requirement to Update Information:
If any information listed on the DBA registration changes (change of business name, ownership, business structure, addresses, etc), California law requires that another DBA be filed and legally published in order to update the record. The DBA update filing must be made within 40 calendar days from the date the information changed otherwise the DBA record will be considered expired.

Requirement to Report Discontinued Use of a Name / Closing the Business:
California law requires the registrants to file a “Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business Name” whenever a DBA is no longer being used. This document must be filed and legally published. If you need to file a Statement of Abandonment, please contact our office at 1-800-820-2144.

For California DBA Laws, please see: California Business and Professions Code Sections 17900 to 17930
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