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StateDBA – FBN – Fictitious Name Filing Requirements
AlabamaAlabama does not require registration or filing of fictitious names for sole proprietorships and general partnerships. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Alabama Secretary of State.
AlaskaWhen organized or certified in Alaska, the names of the following entity types are registered automatically: corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, cooperatives, non-profit corporations, foreign or domestic, and Alaska religious corporations, professional corporations or BIDCOs. Visit Registering a Business Name in Alaska
ArizonaTrade Name Registration – The registration of trade names is not legally required in Arizona but is an accepted business practice. Business names, also known as DBAs, can be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State.
ArkansasA Doing Business As (DBA) Certificate is required for any sole proprietorship or general partnership operating under a fictitious name or names other than the owners. There is a nominal fee that varies from county to county. The DBA Certificate records the full name and address of the business owner and the fictitious name and is kept on file at the county clerk’s office. To do a business name search for a sole proprietorship or partnership, contact the county clerk’s office in the county where the business is located. To do a business name search for a corporation, contact the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, 1-888-233-0325.
CaliforniaWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships must file a Fictitious Name Statement with the county government where the business will be conducted. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the California Secretary of State.

*Any person who executes, files, or publishes a DBA knowing that such a statement is false, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, if convicted, can be fined.

ColoradoCertain items are required from the registrant when filing a DBA in Colorado. The applicant must provide the name and address of the business or the name under which the business is conducted if it is different. The applicant must also provide the nature of the business. Visit Register a Colorado Trade Name Online
ConnecticutCorporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Connecticut Secretary of State. If your business is a sole proprietorship, you do not need to register your business with the state.
DelawareFor sole proprietorships and general partnerships, Fictitious Name Certificates are registered in the Superior Court Prothonotary’s office in the county in which you are doing business:New Castle County Fictitious Name Certificate
Kent County – call for form (302) 739-3184
Sussex County – call for form (302) 856-5742Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Delaware Secretary of State.
District of Columbia – Washington D.CThe District of Columbia allows you to register and use a business name (trade name) different from your true name, if you are an individual, or from your corporation, partnership, or company name. You do not need to register the name used for your corporation, partnership, or LLC as your trade name; it is considered as your true name.
FloridaWithout a Florida DBA (’Doing Business As Florida’) or Fictitious name, your Florida business is required to operate under your personal name or names of your partners. Florida State law requires that you file the proper paperwork in order to not only operate under another name, but even to open a bank or checking account in a name other then your own!

Required for all businesses. Visit the Florida Division of Corporations, Online Fictitious Name Registration

GeorgiaWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships must register fictitious trade names with the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where business will be conducted. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division.
GuamRules for the Use of Fictitious Names in Guam

Certificate of Transacting Business Under a Fictitious Name

HawaiiTrade Name Registration – Guidelines, forms and fees.
IdahoIdaho Secretary of State – Assumed Business Name Registration Forms
IllinoisWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), the Illinois Assumed Name Act requires sole proprietorships and general partnerships to register with their local county clerk’s office. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Illinois Secretary of State.
IndianaIn Indiana fictitious names are registered with the County Recorder’s office in the county where your principal place of business is located.
IowaWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships to register with their local County Recorder’s office. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Iowa Secretary of State.
KansasKansas does not require registration or filing of DBAs or fictitious names for sole proprietorships and general partnerships. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Kansas Secretary of State.
KentuckyCorporations, a non-profits, LLCs and partnerships (limited, or limited liability) must register with the Kentucky Secretary of State. Sole proprietorships should file an assumed name certificate with the county clerk’s office where the business is located.
LouisianaIf your business is a corporation, a non-profit, a limited liability company or a partnership (limited, or limited liability) you must register with the Louisiana Secretary of State. Sole proprietorships should file a trade name certificate with the Secretary of State.
MaineThe Maine Division of Corporations files nonprofit and business corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and marks. There is no provision under Maine law for filing trade names of sole proprietorships or general partnerships at the state level. If you are operating your business as a sole proprietor, under a trade name, or as a general partnership you are required by Maine law to file with the municipal clerk where your business is located.
MarylandA fictitious name filing, also known as Doing Business As or DBA, allows you to create name for your business that is different than your personal name, the names of your partners or the officially registered name of your LLC or corporation.

Trade Name Application
[PDF Document]
Business Registration and Trade Name FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions about registering your business in Maryland.

MassachusettsMassachusetts requires anyone who is conducting business under an alias (i.e., any name other than their own), including corporations, to file a business certificate (“doing business as”) in the community where their business is principally headquartered
MichiganWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships to register with their local county clerk’s office. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Michigan Secretary of State.
MinnesotaMinnesota Secretary of State – Assumed Name Registration
MississippiMississippi statute requires that any that every business enterprise operating under an assumed name must register that name in the city or town in which it is located. If you incorporate, become a limited partnership or limited liability company, the name of the business would be registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State.
MissouriMissouri Secretary of State – Online Registration of Fictitious Name
MontanaMontana Secretary of State –
Application for Reservation of Name
Application for Registration of Assumed Business Name
NebraskaNebraska Secretary of StateApplication for Registration of Trade Name
NevadaWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships to register with their county government. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Nevada Secretary of State.
New HampshireNew Hampshire Secretary of State – Trade Name Registration Forms
New JerseyWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships to register with the county clerk office where business will be conducted. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the New Jersey Department of State.
New MexicoThe State of New Mexico does not require that a business register its use of a trade name
New YorkWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships to register with the county clerk office(s) where business will be conducted. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the New York Department of State.
North CarolinaCertificate of Assumed Name
Includes links to online forms that are to be filed at your County’s Register of Deeds Office in which your business is conducted.
North DakotaNorth Dakota Secretary of State – Trade Name Registration
OhioOhio Secretary of State – Trade Name Registration
OklahomaOklahoma Secretary of State – Trade Name Registration
OregonOregon Secretary of State – Assumed Name Registration
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Dept of State

Application for Registration of Fictitious Name
Guidelines for Fictitious Names

Puerto RicoBusinesses in Puerto Rico can both register their trademark and a trade name (i.e. fictitious name) through the Department of State’s Registry of Marks and Commercial Names: Registro de marcas y nombres comerciales (Registry of marks and commercial names).
Rhode IslandWhen a business name is different from the owner(s) full legal name(s), sole proprietorships and general partnerships to register with the city or town government where business will be conducted. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Rhode Island Secretary of State.
South CarolinaAdopting a Fictitious Name in South Carolina – Answers to frequently asked questions from the South Carolina Secretary of State.
South DakotaSouth Dakota Secretary of State – Fictitious Business Name Registration
TennesseeTennessee does not require registration or filing of DBAs or fictitious names for sole proprietorships and general partnerships. Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Tennessee Secretary of State.
TexasIn Texas, if the business will operate as a sole proprietorship or a general partnership, an Assumed Name Certificate or d.b.a. (doing business as) for each name (or deviation of that name) the business will use must be on file with the county clerk in each county where a business premise will be maintained. All businesses operating in Texas as limited partnerships, registered limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, professional corporations, nonprofit corporations, and professional associations must register with the Secretary of State.
U.S. Virgin IslandsLieutenant Governor of the Virgin Islands – Certificate for Registration of Trade Name
UtahIn Utah, registration of assumed business names, often called “DBA” (Doing Business As) is required of all businesses that are not corporations, limited liability companies or limited partnerships: Business Name Registration / DBA Application
VermontVermont Secretary of State

Trade Name Registration Form
For small businesses. [PDF Document]
Trade Name Registration Information
All business types. Includes information on incorporation.

VirginiaIf business is conducted in Virginia under a name other than the legal business name, an assumed or fictitious name certificate must be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in each county or city where business is to be conducted. In addition, if the entity is a limited partnership, a limited liability company, or a corporation, it must obtain a copy of each fictitious name certificate, attested by the Clerk of the Circuit Court where the original was filed, and file it with the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission.
WashingtonWashington State Dept of Licensing – Trade Name Registration
West VirginiaWest Virginia Secretary of State – Trade Name Registration
WisconsinState of Wisconsin – Registration of Firm Name (aka “Doing Business As”)
WyomingWyoming Secretary of State – Trade Name Registration
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