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Idaho – DBA

File a Idaho DBA

Before beginning a business in the state of Idaho, the assumed business name or DBA must be registered with Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. The DBA can be from a sole proprietorship or a corporation, LLC, LLP, or partnership using a different name other than the parent name.

Choosing an Effective Assumed Business Name

Choose a name that explains what the business does such as Suzie’s Flower Shoppe versus Suzie’s Little Shoppe.

Stay away from any words that might be considered offensive, vulgar or obscene.

Keep the chosen assumed business name short and sweet to make it easy to remember.

Avoid using the words: corporation, incorporated, inc. or corp as these are indicative of an actually registered corporation.

Assumed Business Name Filing Facts

The fee for filing an assumed business name with the state of Idaho is $25.00.

Download the form required to file an assumed business name with the state by going to http://www.sos.idaho.gov/corp/corindex.htm

Each filing is good for five years and must be renewed for the owner to continue possession of the assumed business name.

The Assumed Business Name filing does not have to be notarized.

Turnaround time is 3-5 business days for the assumed business name filing unless a rush is requested and then an eight-business hour turnaround can be expected.

Why File an Assumed Business Name?

  • Filing an assumed business name will let any other business owner know this specific registered name is being used.
  • Filing an assumed business name allows the business owner to open a bank account in the assumed business name.
  • Filing an assumed business name gives the business credibility in the eyes of the consumer and potential customers.

Prior to registering the assumed business name do an on-line business name search to be sure the assumed business name has not already been registered. To do an on-line business search go to: http://www.accessidaho.org/public/sos/corp/search.html?SearchFormstep=crit.

If the name has been chosen try not to pick another name that is too similar to avoid any confusion amongst the companies.

Plan on doing an Internet search as well for the assumed business name to be sure a business in another state is not using the intended fictitious name. Even though the business might be in another state, law suits, a poor reputation or credit issues might become associated with your business because of name association.

Contact Information

Idaho Secretary of State’s Office
Attn: Commercial Division
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0080

Commercial Division Business Entity phone numbers: 1-208-334-2301 & 1-208-334-2080

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