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Iowa – DBA

File a Iowa DBA

A fictitious business name, or DBA (short for ‘doing business as’) allows you to legally do business in Iowa as a particular name at minimal cost, and without having to create an entirely new business entity. You can accept cash check or credit card payments, properly advertise, and otherwise present yourself under that name. In fact, if you use a “business” under a name other than your proper legal name without proper notification, it may be considered fraud.

Without a Iowa DBA (‘Doing Business As Iowa’) or Fictitious name, your Iowa business is required to operate under your personal name or names of your partners. Iowa 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!

Register Your Trade (Business Name)

You can register a business (trade) name that’s different from your individual, corporation, partnership, or company name.

Advantages of registering your trade name:

  • Use it to conduct business
  • Business’s official records are associated with the business name
  • Take legal action under the business name

You do not need to register the name you use for your corporation, partnership, or LLC as your trade name: it’s your legal name. However, if you do business under the llc with another name, you need to get a trade name.

In general, you need to file a Iowa trade business name – it is a certificate of your business name as opposed to a certificate of a business such as a business license.

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