Information required when filing a DBA form, an abbreviation for "doing business as," include the business name of the owner or owners, the location where business is being conducted, and the name of the business being filed, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In most states, exclusive use of a business name is not guaranteed, regardless if the name is already being used. A DBA statement in a local newspaper that posts legal notices is required by some states.Continue Reading
A DBA form requires an individual, company or organization to choose a business name, complete appropriate paperwork and pay a filing fee in order to formally establish a business, states BizFilings.com. After completion of the DBA filing, the business name may be legally used.
A DBA is required when naming a business other than the owner's personal name, the names of the partners, or the officially registered name, explains SBA.gov. It is mandatory for business owners to use the name on contracts or to open business accounts. A DBA is required if a business is already established and wants to do business under a different name. If a DBA is not registered, the official business name defaults to the owner. A DBA can be registered online, with the county clerk's office or the state government where the business is located.Learn more about Taxes