A Connecticut DBA—or "trade name," as it is known in the state—is formed
not in the County Clerk's office, as many DBAs are, but in the Town or City Clerk's
office; a Connecticut trade name application would be submitted to the town in which
the DBA itself is physically located.
Since a town-level DBA is not an incorporated business, it does not provide the
limited liability protection that other types of businesses would, like
LLCs. Therefore, a DBA or trade name is a great structure for businesses
not engaged in a highly litigious industry that might leave the owner open to an
expensive lawsuit, or smaller business that do not need to take out a great deal
of business loans.
DBA or Trade Name Application
While there is no general Connecticut trade name application for use all around
the state, each town's application is rather similar. Regardless of whether you're
located in Hartford or New Haven, Waterbury or Westport, your trade name application
will likely ask for:
- The name of the person (called the sole proprietor) or the multiple partners conducting
- The DBA name under which the business will be conducted
- The location of the DBA in Connecticut (which should match the town in which you're
- Each owner's notarized signature
- Each owner's home address
There may also be zoning issues to be dealt with, depending on the rules of your
town; check with your local authorities for details specific to your area.
Rules for Connecticut DBAs
Each Town Clerk will provide its own set of rules and instructions for Connecticut
trade name applications, but in general:
- The DBA name must be available in the town. (Rejections based on name availability
can be avoided by doing a
name availability search before submitting the application.)
- In most towns in Connecticut, DBA applications cannot be submitted as photocopies.
(Original notary signatures and seals are usually required.)
- The trade name filing fee can vary; check with your town clerk for your local fees.
- Only unincorporated businesses, such as sole proprietorships and general partnerships,
are registered with the town clerk. For corporations, both domestic and foreign,
any DBA in Connecticut should be filed with the Secretary of State's office in Hartford.
- A trade name application is only necessary when the name of the business does not
include the last name of the owner (or one of the owners).
- There may be certain restricted words, such as "bank" or "trust," that cannot be
used in a DBA name.
It is important to check with your local town clerk for DBA requirements specific
to your area, as there may be small differences from town to town.
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Other types of businesses in Connecticut
If a DBA is not right for you, perhaps because you're uncomfortable with retaining
all liability for the business yourself, you might consider one of the following
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