California DBA (Doing Business As)

We provide DBAs for all 50 US states and DC

DO I NEED A CALIFORNIA DBA?

When a company, organization or individual wants to conduct business under a name other than their own (this is called a fictitious name), most U.S. states require that entity to file a DBA (these are referred to in the UK as trading as). In other words, John Smith’s lawn mowing business called "John’s Best Cuts" would file that name as its DBA. Then, legally, John can advertise his business as "John’s Best Cuts." Usually your DBA is required to open a business bank account, advertise, accept payments and create contracts. By registering your DBA you can often prevent other competing area companies from using that same name. Corporations can create more than one DBA without having to create separate business entities for each of them.

Sole Proprietors are one business type for which DBAs make a lot of sense. John’s internet-based business called "Worldwide Clamshell Exporters" does not betray the fact that the business is just him working alone out of his house.

ARE THERE ANY RULES ABOUT CALIFORNIA DBAs?

There are certain rules that must apply to DBA names: You can’t obtain a DBA for something illegal (e.g. "John’s Heroin Emporium"). The name cannot make false claims (e.g. "John’s U.S. Department of Defenses"). When you start your company they will be registered under the names of the owners. The California Secretary of State's office is at: 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Or you can call us at (800) 246-2677, and our trained professionals will gladly help you.

WE CAN HELP YOU GET A CALIFORNIA DBA IN JUST MINUTES!

  1. Click the order button (below) and you will be taken to a short orderform where you can enter all your relevant information.
  2. You will receive your California DBA paperwork in the mail.

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