How to Set Up a DBA in California
- Come up with a business name to register as your DBA.
- Check your chosen name against the California Secretary of State’s online database of registered business names to see whether it is available.
- Contact your local county clerk’s office and request a Fictitious Name Statement form.
How much does it cost to set up a DBA?
The cost to file a DBA varies based on the city or county clerk where the business operates. A business that files a DBA may expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $100, according to the Entrepreneur website. The costs to file formation documents for an LLC vary from state to state.
How do I create a DBA?
File your DBA forms.
- In most states, you only have to register your name at the county level. However, some states require you to register with the secretary of state, just as you would if you were a corporation or LLC.
- When you file your forms, you’ll have to pay a filing fee, usually between $10 and $50.
How do I apply for a fictitious business name in California?
To file a Fictitious Business Name Statement in person:
- Search the “Index of Fictitious Business Names” located at the Recorder/County Clerk’s office or online to ensure the name you intend to file IS NOT already registered.
- Complete the filing form provided.
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