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Do I need to register my company's Fictitious or DBA Name

Fictitious Business/Doing Business As (DBA) name is a business name that is different from the officially registered name of a company. When a business is first formed, the legal name of the business defaults to the name of the person or entity that owns the business.

A DBA is typically needed for the following scenarios:

  • For Sole Proprietors or Partnerships, if you wish to start a business under anything other than your legal name, you’ll need to register a DBA.
  • For Existing Corporations or LLCs, if you want to do business under a name other than your existing corporation or LLC name, you will need to register a DBA.

Depending on the business's location, registering a DBA is done either with your county clerk’s office or with your state government. There are a few states that do not require the registering of DBA names.

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