DBA (DOING BUSINESS AS) REGISTRATION APPLICATION

A Doing Business As (aka – DBA, trade name, assumed name or fictitious business name) extends businesses the legal right to conduct business under a name other than the incorporated name.

  • Some of the most common benefits of filing a DBA include:
  • Business bank account requirements – Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships are typically required to have a DBA in order to open a business bank account.
  • Branding and public relations – A DBA can help a company with branding and PR initiatives. One example of this is when a company wants to transact business under their domain name.
  • Multiple naming options – A company can use an unlimited number of DBAs under a single entity as long as the names are not misleading or deceiving.
  • Additional credibility – For Sole Proprietorships and General Partnership a DBA often provides added credibility.

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HOW OUR SERVICE WORKS

1. DOCUMENT PREPARATION

Our specialists prepare your documents for filing with the appropriate government agency.

2. NAME AVAILABILITY CHECK

A check is conducted to ensure your desired name is available for registration with the state you are incorporating in.

3. FILING OF DOCUMENTS

Your documents are properly filed by our specialists with the appropriate government agency.

4. DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS

We deliver your documents to you in a timely manner depending on which shipping option you prefer.

5. SECURE ONLINE STORAGE

We securely store your documents online so in the event you ever need them they are only a few clicks away.

6. ONGOING SUPPORT

Based on which package you select and what your needs are we can keep you informed to ensure you meet ongoing compliance requirements.

DBA FAQs

What is a doing business as (DBA)?
A Doing Business As (aka - DBA, trade name, assumed name or fictitious business name) extends businesses the legal right to conduct business under a name other than the incorporated name.
Who can form a DBA and are there any restrictions?
Typically there are no restrictions on who can form a DBA. Business structures that most commonly use a DBA include Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships because most banks require them with these entity types. Reason being is that in a Sole Proprietorship and General Partnership the owner is considered the same as the business and without a DBA - business would be conducted using the personal names of the owners.
What are some of the benefits of a DBA?

Some of the most commonbenefits of filing a DBA include:
Business bank accountrequirements – Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships are typicallyrequired to have a DBA in order to open a business bank account.
Branding and public relations– A DBA can help a company with branding and PR initiatives. One example ofthis is when a company wants to transact business under their domain name.
Multiple naming options – Acompany can use an unlimited number of DBAs under a single entity as long asthe names are not misleading or deceptive.
Additional credibility – ForSole Proprietorships and General Partnerships a DBA often provides addedcredibility.

Is a DBA filing required under any circumstances?
For Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships a DBA is required in most jurisdictions if the individual or company wants to conduct business under a name other than personal name of the owner(s). A DBA is also required when a company wants to conducts business under a name different than the name incorporated at the state level. Both Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships cannot typically open a business bank account without a DBA.
Why would a business need to file a DBA?
Using a DBA, business entities such as an LLC or a Corporation can leverage multiple names to represent themselves. For a company that offers unrelated products and services this can help them to gain exposure to various demographic groups.
Where do I file a DBA for my business?
A DBA is filed at either the state, county or municipality level depending on the geographical location of your business.
How long does it take to file my DBA?
This often depends on which state, county or municipality the DBA is being filed in, but in most cases a DBA filing takes 2 weeks or less to complete using the DBA Filing Service provided by Express Form Filings.
Can my DBA filing be expedited?
Yes. Express Form Filings offers expedited shipping options which ensures your documents are processed as quickly as possible. However, we have no control over the time it takes your local jurisdiction to process your DBA application.
What all does a DBA filing include?
A name availability check in the state, county or municipality the DBA is being filed in is the first step. If the name is available next a form must be completed with the appropriate agency and you must pay all applicable fees. In some jurisdictions a publication is required to be published disclosing your company’s “assumed” name in the local newspaper(s). Express Form Filings can handle the entire DBA filing process for you so you can focus on what really matters, your business!
Are there any terms that are prohibited from being used in a DBA?
Yes. A DBA is not allowed to include terms that are deceptive or misleading to the general public leading them to believe you are operating under a business that has been incorporated. A few examples of prohibited terms in a DBA for a Sole Proprietorship include: “Company”, “Corp”, “Corporation” and “Incorporated”. A few examples of other prohibited terms in a DBA include: “LLC” and “Limited Liability Company” unless the company is officially formed as an LLC.
Are there any publication requirements for a DBA?
In certain states and/or counties a notice of DBA filing is required to be published in the local newspaper(s). All DBA publication requirements are included in the DBA filing services offered by Express Form Filings.
Does a DBA filing ever expire?
This depends on which state/county the DBA is filed in. Expirations for DBAs vary across different jurisdictions. Upon DBA expiration, the appropriate agency will send you notification informing you to update or re-file the DBA name to ensure it remains in good/active status.
Is a DBA required to have a Registered Agent?
No. A DBA is not required to have a Registered Agent. Reason being, is that a DBA is an “assumed” name for a legal business entity that is already on file with the state of incorporation. In most cases the legal business entity will already have a Registered Agent.
How much does it cost to file a DBA using your service?
Express Form Filings charges a one-time fee plus applicable state, county or municipality filing fees to file your DBA. The fees for filing a DBA differ depending on which state, county and/or municipality you wish to conduct business in. For more information visit our DBA Form
If I register a DBA name is that name protected from use by another party?
Yes. Filing a DBA prevents other parties from filing the same name in your local jurisdiction. This is why a name availability search is one of the first steps to filing a DBA. Another step you can take to protect your DBA name is to register a trademark. With a registered trademark, your name will be protected from other parties using it outside of your local jurisdiction.
What is the maximum number of DBAs a business can use?
There is no limit or maximum number of DBAs that a business can use as long as each DBA name is available and is not deceptive or misleading to the general public.
How can I get started setting up my DBA today?
Depending on your jurisdiction, a DBA filing will take place at the state, county or municipality where the name will be used. A name availability search needs to be conducted to ensure that the DBA name you want to use to transact business under is available. In certain states and/or counties a notice of DBA filing is required to be published in the local newspaper(s). Express Form Filings can handle the entire DBA filing process so you can focus on what really matters, your business!
What is a doing business as (DBA)?
A Doing Business As (aka - DBA, trade name, assumed name or fictitious business name) extends businesses the legal right to conduct business under a name other than the incorporated name.
Who can form a DBA and are there any restrictions?
Typically there are no restrictions on who can form a DBA. Business structures that most commonly use a DBA include Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships because most banks require them with these entity types. Reason being is that in a Sole Proprietorship and General Partnership the owner is considered the same as the business and without a DBA - business would be conducted using the personal names of the owners.
What are some of the benefits of a DBA?

Some of the most commonbenefits of filing a DBA include:
Business bank accountrequirements – Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships are typicallyrequired to have a DBA in order to open a business bank account.
Branding and public relations– A DBA can help a company with branding and PR initiatives. One example ofthis is when a company wants to transact business under their domain name.
Multiple naming options – Acompany can use an unlimited number of DBAs under a single entity as long asthe names are not misleading or deceptive.
Additional credibility – ForSole Proprietorships and General Partnerships a DBA often provides addedcredibility.

Where do I file a DBA for my business?
A DBA is filed at either the state, county or municipality level depending on the geographical location of your business.
Is a DBA filing required under any circumstances?
For Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships a DBA is required in most jurisdictions if the individual or company wants to conduct business under a name other than personal name of the owner(s). A DBA is also required when a company wants to conducts business under a name different than the name incorporated at the state level. Both Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships cannot typically open a business bank account without a DBA.
Why would a business need to file a DBA?
Using a DBA, business entities such as an LLC or a Corporation can leverage multiple names to represent themselves. For a company that offers unrelated products and services this can help them to gain exposure to various demographic groups.
How long does it take to file my DBA?
This often depends on which state, county or municipality the DBA is being filed in, but in most cases a DBA filing takes 2 weeks or less to complete using the DBA Filing Service provided by Express Form Filings.
Can my DBA filing be expedited?
Yes. Express Form Filings offers expedited shipping options which ensures your documents are processed as quickly as possible. However, we have no control over the time it takes your local jurisdiction to process your DBA application.
What all does a DBA filing include?
A name availability check in the state, county or municipality the DBA is being filed in is the first step. If the name is available next a form must be completed with the appropriate agency and you must pay all applicable fees. In some jurisdictions a publication is required to be published disclosing your company’s “assumed” name in the local newspaper(s). Express Form Filings can handle the entire DBA filing process for you so you can focus on what really matters, your business!
Are there any terms that are prohibited from being used in a DBA?
Yes. A DBA is not allowed to include terms that are deceptive or misleading to the general public leading them to believe you are operating under a business that has been incorporated. A few examples of prohibited terms in a DBA for a Sole Proprietorship include: “Company”, “Corp”, “Corporation” and “Incorporated”. A few examples of other prohibited terms in a DBA include: “LLC” and “Limited Liability Company” unless the company is officially formed as an LLC.
Are there any publication requirements for a DBA?
In certain states and/or counties a notice of DBA filing is required to be published in the local newspaper(s). All DBA publication requirements are included in the DBA filing services offered by Express Form Filings.
Does a DBA filing ever expire?
This depends on which state/county the DBA is filed in. Expirations for DBAs vary across different jurisdictions. Upon DBA expiration, the appropriate agency will send you notification informing you to update or re-file the DBA name to ensure it remains in good/active status.
Is a DBA required to have a Registered Agent?
No. A DBA is not required to have a Registered Agent. Reason being, is that a DBA is an “assumed” name for a legal business entity that is already on file with the state of incorporation. In most cases the legal business entity will already have a Registered Agent.
How much does it cost to file a DBA using your service?
Express Form Filings charges a one-time fee plus applicable state, county or municipality filing fees to file your DBA. The fees for filing a DBA differ depending on which state, county and/or municipality you wish to conduct business in. For more information visit our DBA Form
If I register a DBA name is that name protected from use by another party?
Yes. Filing a DBA prevents other parties from filing the same name in your local jurisdiction. This is why a name availability search is one of the first steps to filing a DBA. Another step you can take to protect your DBA name is to register a trademark. With a registered trademark, your name will be protected from other parties using it outside of your local jurisdiction.
What is the maximum number of DBAs a business can use?
There is no limit or maximum number of DBAs that a business can use as long as each DBA name is available and is not deceptive or misleading to the general public.
How can I get started setting up my DBA today?
Depending on your jurisdiction, a DBA filing will take place at the state, county or municipality where the name will be used. A name availability search needs to be conducted to ensure that the DBA name you want to use to transact business under is available. In certain states and/or counties a notice of DBA filing is required to be published in the local newspaper(s). Express Form Filings can handle the entire DBA filing process so you can focus on what really matters, your business!

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