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Colorado – DBA

File a Colorado DBA

A DBA, also called an “assumed name” or a “fictitious name” is the business name seen by the public in advertisings, shop signs, stationary, and written on business checks. A DBA is completed by filing the fictitious name with the state or county where business is being conducted.

For those operating a business in Colorado the business name must be registered as a DBA under two specific conditions.

If a sole proprietor chooses to operate under a name other than the personal owner name a DBA fictitious name must be filed in the state of Colorado.

If a corporation or LLC plans on operating a business using a name other than the parent company name, a DBA must be filed with the state of Colorado

Selecting a Name
The following words cannot be included in the name of a DBA:

  • Corporation
  • Corp.
  • Incorporated
  • Inc
  • The name cannot be similar to a DBA that has dissolved in the past 120 days.

Choose a name that includes the type of business in the DBA title so potential customers will not have to guess at the nature of the business.

Why File a DBA
Banks in Colorado will not allow a bank account to be opened until a DBA is filed and the filing paperwork is presented to the bank. Take note that some banks will require the original notarized paperwork while other banks only require a copy of the original paperwork. Be sure to verify in advance what type of DBA filing paperwork the bank will require.

Advertising, contracts and stationary cannot be issued without a DBA filing within the state of Colorado.
Filing a DBA allows the public easy access to business and ownership information.

What is required to file a DBA?

  • The fictitious name of the business must be disclosed.
  • The address of the business must be included in the filing form.
  • The owner’s name, be it an individual or parent corporation is a requirement.
  • The type or nature of business is required for the DBA filing.

A filing fee will have to be paid to the state or county where business is being conducted.

A company must file its fictitious name as a DBA with the state of Colorado within 30-60 days of conducting business or be subject to fraud charges.

A filed DBA will expire in five years.

For questions about filing a DBA contact:

Colorado Department of State
1700 Broadway
Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290
Or call: 1-303-894-2200 and then press 2

Some businesses require a special license or permit along with a DBA filing. To determine if a particular type business requires any specific licensing go to: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CO-Portal/CXP/1165693060265

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