When you submit your paperwork for a DBA, you will need to pay any required fees.
The fee for setting up a DBA varies between counties.
For example, the fee in Los Angeles County is $26 for the first name and $5 for any additional name.
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.
Can an LLC have a DBA in California?
There is no option to file for a DBA on the state level. Under California law, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations must file a DBA if they plan to operate under a different name.
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.
Where can I check if a business name is taken?
To find out if your business name has been claimed online, do a simple web search to see if anyone is already using that name. You’ll also need to check whether a domain name (or web address) is available. You can do this using the WHOIS database of domain names. If it is available, be sure to claim it right away.
How do you obtain a business license in California?
To get a business license in California, visit the CalGold website and enter your information to identify the specific permit office you need to contact. Next, visit the appropriate business license department in person or visit their website to obtain the required application forms.
Do I need a separate bank account for a DBA?
A DBA name is a company’s “doing business as” name. You also need a separate business bank account if you operate as an LLC or a corporation. LLCs and corporations are separate entities from the owners. Sole proprietorships and partnerships without DBAs are not legally required to have a business bank account.
Can a DBA have employees?
A business operating as a sole proprietorship has many of the same powers as other business entities, as long as business affairs are properly conducted under the name of the owner or through a registered DBA or trade name. Any individual can become an employer, even if it’s not in a business context.
Where do I go to get a DBA?
To do business under a DBA, you must complete and file the appropriate paperwork and pay a filing fee. This is typically done with a local or county agency; however, some states require a filing with a state agency instead of or in addition to the county.
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