By clicking “Accept”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
View our Privacy Policy for more information or to change your preferences.

DBA - Fictitious Name

Obtain a commercial name different from your legal business name.

Happy business woman because her business already have commercial name, different from the legal name of the company
What is DBA?
What are the requirements?
When is it necessary?

Sometimes companies require or decide to acquire a commercial name different from the legal business name.

This trade name is commonly referred to as a fictitious name or DBA (Doing business as), and refers to any supposed designation that is not the same as the company name.

It's important to know that your company may have several fictitious names, but these will not give you a new EIN (Company Identification Number). Each company can have only one EIN.

Additionally, each fictitious name has a specific validity time. For more information on this, contact us.

At Prodezk we carry out the entire process for you. The only documents required are:

  • Articles of organization or incorporation of the company.
  • Current documents of the partners.
  • Company EIN Letter.
  • Name options for verification.

 The main reasons why I company may need to get a Fictitious name are the following: 

  • The products and services the company sells have changed.
  • The owners want to do business under a different name for privacy reasons.
  • To open a bank account under that name.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the fictitious name include the words LLC, CORP or INC?

Yes, the fictitious name can include them, but they must correspond to the type of company initially established.

How long does the process take?

The process can take between 3 to 5 business days.

Can I create a DBA instead of a company?

To carry out any business management, you need to form a company. A fictitious name will not protect your business name. Forming an LLC or a Corporation is one of the best ways to secure the legal name of your business. Thus, to get a DBA you must own a company.

What documents do I get when creating a fictitious name?

When getting a Fictitious Name, your company will receive a Certificate in which the registration number and the DBA are stipulated in the state.

Can I get a bank account in the name of this DBA?

Yes, it is possible to obtain a bank account for a fictitious name.

Are there other terms for a DBA?

Yes, DBA can also be known as: Trade name, Assumed trade name and Fictitious Name.

happy guy at the office wearing glasses

Sign up for the newsletter and learn to grow your business in the United States.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.