How to quickly file a DBA in the US

Filing a DBA, as described by TRUiC, is quite easy. Let’s walk through this:

Filing a DBA or ‘fictitious business name’ is usually quite a simple process. Remember a DBA is only necessary if you are doing business as a name other than your personal name on the legal name of your LLC. If you have read up on this and believe you need to file for a DBA, here is a simple set of instructions to help you start this process today.

Steps to file your DBA

Select Your State

DBA guidelines and laws vary depending on what state you plan to do business in. There are some cases where you will need to register your DBA with the state government and in others, the county or city government. Several states also require you to register a DBA with more than one level of government. For example, a general partnership may have to file at the state and county level in one state, while another state may require that same general partnership to file with just the county. The best place to discover what type of requirements you need to follow is on this site. Please check it out after reading this article as it should clear up any doubts you might be having thus far

In New York, sole proprietorships and general partnerships are required to file a business certificate listing their assumed names with the county clerk’s offices. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs and limited partnerships, on the other hand, must file assumed names with the New York Department of State. In contrast, the state of Kansas has no requirements for businesses to register fictitious names.

Complete a DBA Name Search

Before you file, you should make sure your name isn’t taken by somebody else or is too similar to another registered business in your state. You will also want to make sure your DBA meets your state’s naming guidelines. The guidelines are usually pretty self explanatory but different states do have specific rules.

Having difficulty choosing a DBA Name?

If you need help coming up with a DBA name, TRUic has a DBA name generator which you can use. This tool generates both business names and domain names. Please focus on securing your domain name (URL) for your DBA before you go any further. If you are reading this it’s safe to presume that the naming rights of your business are important to you, so please don’t let somebody get ahead of you. Reserving your domain name ensures it won’t be acquired by another business owner. Once it has gone, that’s it! and your naming plans will have to change. Act quickly and make sure you are not left in this position.

Register Your DBA in Your State

You will need to file your DBA with the state or with the county/city clerk’s office depending on your location and business structure. Several states require you to register a DBA with more than one level of government. For example, a sole proprietorship may have to file at the state and county level in one state, while another state may require that same sole proprietorship to file with just the county.

File your DBA today

Regardless of what type of business you have, filing a DBA can make it easier to create or build a particular brand. If your business has many facets to it and offers distinct products or services, registering a DBA can help you highlight and market certain ones in a unique way. If you have a product for example that will primarily reach an older demographic, you are likely to want to brand the product in a different way. This can help your business attract more customers and widen your general reach and appeal.

It’s easy!

There is very little else to explain now. Complications shall only arise in specific circumstances and if you follow these simple steps with the help of the link I provided earlier in this piece, you should be just fine. Good luck with filing your DBA!