Finance & Accounting Blog


Posts about Finance & Accounting topics to help you succeed
Finance and Accounting Help

What is a DBA? Do I need one for my business? If so, how do I get one?

Oct 21, 2009
DBA stands for “doing business as.” It’s known in some states as an “assumed name certificate.” Your DBA is an assumed or fictitious name under which you conduct business.

In many instances, a DBA is required before you can obtain a state or local business license. With a DBA, you can use your assumed business name when opening a business bank account, making payments to suppliers, receiving payments from customers, and entering legal contracts.

In some states, DBA registration is conducted with a state agency, such as the secretary of state. In other states, you register your assumed name at the county level, usually with the county clerk’s office.

You can call your county clerk’s office to find out how DBA registration is handled in your locality.

After you determine where to register you DBA, you must search through the agency’s database to confirm that the business name you want isn’t already taken. These databases may be on computer, paper or microfiche. Searching the databases is usually free.

When you confirm that the business name you want is available, your next step is to complete and submit a simple form. You’ll also have to pay a nominal fee for filing a DBA. The fee generally runs from $10 to $50. Filing your DBA gives you legal claim to the business name.

NASE Social Media

res-footer-facebook res-footer-twitter res-footer-linkedin

res-footer-blog res-footer-huffpost res-footer-youtube

Related News...

Investing in Your Small Business
Running a successful small business isn’t just about the day-to-day actions of keeping your operations afloat. You need to have a firm focus on the future. As such, making the right investments into your small business is an essential element in ensuring your future is well guided and supported.
Posted on Oct 08, 2021
When to Splurge and When to Save: a Guide to Helping Self-Employed Individuals Budget for Their Organization
Congratulations on starting your own small business. You’re finally self-employed. Being your own boss comes with a lot of perks. You can take long lunches and create your own schedule, but it’s also a big step with a definite learning curve. Much of that learning relates to money. You’re not getting a regular paycheck anymore. How are you going to pay the bills every month and still save for retirement?
Posted on Oct 21, 2020
Business Funding Options in the Age of COVID-19
Although financing in the post COVID world will be more challenging for many small businesses, there are financing options available, you just need to look in the right places. As we’ve witnessed in past recessionary times, the sad truth is that there will be fewer options available as many lenders tighten up their creditworthiness criteria and others step away from lending to small businesses entirely—at least for the short term.
Posted on Oct 10, 2020
Want to see more news items? Click here  

Related Videos...

Tax Reform and how the NASE is demanding simplification and fairness for small business owners.
Tax Reform and how the NASE is focused on simplification and fairness. Contact your congressman and voice your opinion today.
Posted on Mar 21, 2018 by Keith R. Hall
Open a Separate Bank Account for Your Business
Watch Keith explain why opening a separate bank account is extremely important.
Posted on Jan 10, 2018
Want to see more related videos?  Click here  

Still Have Questions?

Ask The Expert

Courtesy of NASE.org
https://www.nase.org/business-help/get-help/finance-accounting/finance-accounting-blog/finance-accounting/2009/10/21/What_is_a_DBA_Do_I_need_one_for_my_business_If_so_how_do_I_get_one