Do I need a DBA/Tradename?
If you want to use a name that isn't your personal name, you will need a DBA/Tradename.
LLC / Corporation
If you want to use a name for marketing that isn't your business's legal name, you will need a DBA/Tradename.
DBA/Tradenames help brand your business and communicate the value you provide to your customers.
Drawbacks of a DBA/Tradenames
In most states, DBA/Tradenames don't have to be unique. Multiple businesses can use the same name.
Registration does not equal trademark
Registering a DBA/Tradename is not the same as trademarking a name. You do not have intellectual property rights to the name.
County by County
If you are a sole proprietor, you might have to register your DBA/Tradename in the county you live in. This sometimes requires notarized docs.
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WizForm checks state rules for DBAs/Tradenames to ensure that your name qualifies.
If you own an LLC/Corporation, WizForm can take care of DBA/Tradename filings at the same time as registering the business.
DBA vs. Fictitious Name vs. Tradename
Each state uses a slightly different word to describe a made-up name. They all mean the same thing.
Do I have to register a DBA in each place I do business?
What happens if I don't register a DBA/Tradename?
Some states consider it a misdemeanor and will fine the business owner thousands of dollars. Some states will issue a cease and desist letter to stop you from doing business with the name. It varies widely by state.
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