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West Virginia – DBA

File a West Virginia DBA

In any case where a business wants to transact under a name that is actually not similar to the one used to start up the company, it may be necessary that the new name (fictitious name or trade name) be registered. The procedure to registration of the trade name is usually referred to as filing for a DBA (doing business as). In West Virginia this process is exceptionally essential especially if the trade name is not the owner’s surname.

Why Do You Really Need To File A West Virginia DBA?

The main reason why you should really consider filing for a West Virginia DBA is that the law of the state demands so. Typically, there are various requirements for each type of entity operating from the state. They include:

  •  Unincorporated firms, nonprofit associations, partnerships, sole proprietorships and individual associations are all supposed to be registered by filing paperwork with the clerk of the county in which main branches of their companies are located.
  • For business trusts, voluntary associations, LLPs (limited liability partnerships), LPs (limited partnerships), LLCs (limited liability companies) and corporations, fictitious names are usually registered by the Secretary Of State.
  • Out – of – state associations are usually registered by county clerks of the relevant counties in which most of the company’s businesses are transacted from.

Setting up a West Virginia DBA

The process usually begins at choosing a precise trade name for the business. The West Virginia trade name database can help you find out if the fictitious name you pick is unique or not. Actually, when choosing a trade name you should ensure that the name you pick is not linked to any kind of state or federal trademark rights. It should neither be viewed as fraudulent or deceptive nor should it be confusingly same to other names registered in the database.

It is important to note that registering a trade name for your business does not give you any kind of special trademark rights. This entails that if you register an already trademarked business name and try to utilize it in your business transactions you may be subjected to lawsuit.

What Is Usually Required To File a West Virginia DBA?

  • The trade name to be registered.
  • The original business name chosen at formation.
  • The principal location of the business.
  • Some relevant information about the nature or general purpose of the business.

Above all, it is imperative to note that having your trade name registered through filing of a DBA cannot change how the company gets taxed.

 

Reference:

http://www.dbaform.com/DBA-West-Virginia.htm

 

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