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Without a registered DBA , your business has to operate only under its one official legal name, which if you are a Sole Proprietor, is your personal name! State law requires that you file the proper paperwork to operate even under a variation of your legal business name, and even for a short amount of time. Two examples are below:

Example #1: Jane Doe begins doing independent consulting work, marketing herself as Can-Doe Consulting. Since Jane hasn't filed the paperwork to create an LLC, Corporation, etc., that makes her a Sole Proprietorship by default. So she must register Can-Doe Consulting as a DBA, since her legal business name as a Sole Proprietorship would be Jane Doe.

Example #2: The official legal name of an entrepreneur's Limited Liability Company is "John Doe Enterprises, LLC". He markets a home building business in the summer as "JD Homes", and a snow-plowing business in the winter as "JD Enterprises". Those are both DBAs that would need to be registered, because neither matches exactly with his official legal business name.

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Do I need a Federal Tax ID (EIN) in order to register a DBA? By law, your business must be identified using either your Social Security Number or a Federal Tax ID (also known as an Employer Identification Number). Sole Proprietors can use their Social Security ...
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Are any words prohibited in a DBA name? There are restrictions on the words that a DBA can contain. However, most of the restrictions are in place to ensure that your DBA name does not mislead the general public or imply that the business ...
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Does an LLC or corporation need to file a DBA? Yes, the laws requiring DBA registration extend to LLCs and Corporations. If the company conducts business under any name other than the exact legal name that appears on the LLC's or Corporation's ...
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What steps are involved in registering a DBA? While the steps involved in registering a DBA vary for each individual filing, the main steps are usually as follows:• Complete and submit the DBA Registration Application on this site.• We review ...
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