The requirements for operating a business through a name other than its official legal name, known as a DBA or Doing Business As name, involve researching the name to find out if it is available and then submitting a form to the county clerk for the county in which the business exists. Depending on the nature of the company, it may also need to provide proof of headquarters within that county and other information about its purpose.Continue Reading
When a corporation, limited liability company or other type of business entity registers as an official company with the state, it must provide a name for the organization. If that business wishes to operate as or advertise itself with any other name it must file a special form that allows it to legally do so without having to establish itself as a new entity, with the new name known as a DBA name. This process only requires that no other company currently hold registration over the DBA name and that the company files with each county in which it operates.
Each county has its own specific requirements for registration in addition to collecting a registration fee, with some including forms that show proof of headquarters or another physical address within that county. If a person operating a sole proprietorship, which is an individual acting as a business through a self-employment model, wishes to use another name for the company, she must file an Assumed Name Records Certificate of Ownership for Unincorporated Business or Profession with that county as well.Learn more about Business Resources