DBA stands for Doing Business As. Filing a DBA allows you to conduct business under a different name. DBA filings are useful and practical for all types of business.

Sole Proprietors may not want to use their social security number or their own name for their business. For sole proprietors, filing a DBA offers a low-cost option to operate a business and obtain a Federal tax id number without having to formally incorporate their business.

Corporations and LLCs can also file a DBA in order to operate under an additional name. For example, if Joe's Roofing Company wants to start doing flooring, Joe can file a DBA for Joe's Flooring. This allows Joe to use a business name that accurately reflects his work without having to incur high legal fees involved in incorporating a second business.

Who are DBA filings for?

All types of businesses can file a DBA, including corporations, nonprofits, partnerships and sole proprietors.

What kind of name can I choose for my business?

You may choose any name available in your state or county. Typically, if there's not another business with the same thing doing the same thing than you may use that name. Filing a DBA does not allow you to use a corporate ending such as LLC or Inc. with your name. Joe's Flooring, but not for Joe's Flooring, Inc.

Where will my DBA be filed?

Depending on the type of business (corporation, llc, sole proprietor, etc.), your DBA filing may occur at either the state, county or city level. Rules vary in each state. For example, Texas requires filing at both state and county level. California requires that you publish notice of your DBA filing in a newspaper.

The good news is that no matter where you live, Click&Inc.com Will:

  • Check the availability of your business name to ensure that your chosen DBA name is available.
  • Draft the correct Application or applications, depending on local laws where you live.
  • File your DBA for you. Or, if you signature is required, we will send you all of the completed forms with explicit, step-by-step instructions on how to complete your DBA filing on your own.
  • Publish your DBA filing in accordance with local law, where required.

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