DBA stands for “doing business as” other states do not refer to this as a DBA, instead refer to it as an - Assumed name, Fictitious name, or Trade name or other variation types.
If you’re a sole proprietorship or partnership, you’ll most likely need a DBA. It’s necessary because you’re not incorporated, meaning that you did not file any entity formation paperwork or registered a business name. Hence, your legal name will be your business name, unless you file a DBA name to operating behind.
Typically, C Corps, S Corps, LLCs and limited partnerships don’t need a DBA if their legal business name convey their product and/or services to the public.
Assumed name, Doing Business as, Fictitious name or Trade name are filed on the County’s website, or Secretary of State or Commonwealth website; And the application are typically submitted via online filing in minutes or by snail mail. There is a filing fee in most States for this application process. Start by looking them up, using RCA’s "Doing Business As - Rules & Fees by State" tool.
Unless you form an C Corp, S Corp or an LLC, your business automatically takes on your name as the business owner. A DBA allows you to legally separate your name from your business name so you can maintain anonymity.
DBAs can be regional specific, allowing to operate under a desired name, specific to the Goods and Services been offered to the customers.
At presently, many of our clients, who currently operates many businesses, are using DBAs to identify each of their ventures.
So, no matter what type of entity type you're forming, make sure you check with your State on the proper procedures to follow when filing for a DBA.
If you're using a name other than the registered business name, within any state, you must officially register that fictitious name in that state.
Failure to file a BDA / Fictitious name registration in some states, may result in a violations, causing the business to be subjected to fines and thousands of dollars in civil penalties; Other states considers this to be a misdemeanor of the second degree and is punishable by state's law.
Use RCA’s DBA filing service and we’ll go to work for you.
RCA will file the paperwork for you to obtain your Fictitious name, so you may operate under the branding that helps convey what products and services you offer.