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Assumed Business Name
Assumed Business Name
$ 119
Without an Assumed Business Name, your business has to use its legal name which is the owner's last name.  

State law even requires you to operate your business under a filed Assumed Business Name even if a variation of your legal business name is used, and even if used for a short  time.


Assumed Business Name is the same as a trade name.  It is the name of the business when officially registered with the government.

For example, you do business as  a sole proprietor using the business name  "Best Widgets Company".   

The business name is called an Assumed Business Name, or  fictitious firm name (as in Nevada).  


In other states, it goes by a fictitious business name, as in California, and assumed business name in Texas or Business Name Certificate in New York etc.  

It is also known as Doing Business As ( DBA ) because a business is doing business as a certain name as in the example above.

The point is that it has to be registered with a DBA certificate and in some cases also be published in a legal newspaper and a proof of publication obtained.



You can obtain it here online.



The price is a starting price.  Check the price for your state.  Click on the Fees link.


DBA Trade NameFictitious Business Name - In most states we send a representative to your home or office to have it signed and notarized. Filing takes an average of 3-5 Business Days - could take longer in some states.





In some cases, it can be obtained on the same day but normally it takes about 3-5 business days or if expedited can be done same day.  You will have the opportunity to choose expedited service when you check out.


Businesses using a name other than the owner's name are required to register a DBA / Fictitious Business Name Certificate. Note that you can incorporate or form an LLC instead of filing a DBA. If you are an LLC or Corporation you don't need a dba.

Users of a trade name other than their last name or the corporation's or LLC's legal name.
Do I Need a Free Business License ? You Need a Free Business License If:

YES! All businesses must obtain a business license. You also need these licenses below as they apply to your business.
1. You are a partnership, an employer, an LLC, a Corporation or Independent Contractor, you will need a federal tax ID Number IRS EIN.

2. If you buy or sell wholesale, or retail or even if you lease personal property such as equipment or appliances or any type of items or merchandise, you will need a Sales Tax License.
3. If you are an employer, you will need both a federal Business Tax ID and a state employer Tax ID.
4. In addition, businesses that use a trade name to do business, need to file a DBA doing business as fictitious business name certificate.
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