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SunDocs Filings specializes in California Fictitious Business Name (DBA) filing and publishing. We have an easy online form to help you prepare your document. We take it from there. Having access to all California counties, including Los Angeles county [Fictitious Business Name / Los Angeles] , and connections with local newspapers allows us to expedite your filing. Since 1999, SunDoc has helped thousands with their document filings.
- Fill out our online form.
- We check for name availability. Then email you the form for signature.
- After we receive the signed document, we file and publish your new DBA in the county. (San Francisco has additional requirements).
(Note: Original documents required for ALL counites. Notary may be required for certain counties.)
Routine: 5 - 10 Weeks (Not Including Publishing).
$99 plus agency and publishing cost.
RUSH: 2 – 4 Weeks (Not Including Publishing).
An additional $49 will be charged to expedite your filing.
Begin the process by answering a few questions on our online form. We take it from there. Your document is thoroughly checked for completeness. Our staff checks on your name for availability, prepares the legal document and forwards to you for signature. Once we receive it back from you we promptly file at the appropriate county agency.
Once filed, the document is ready for publication. We have a statewide network of newspapers ready to receive your filed document.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME BENEFITS
- Sole Proprietorship and General Partnerships can utilize Fictitious Business Name to conduct business, enhance credibility and open a business bank account without the need of incorporating.
- Corporations and LLC's can carry out business transactions using Fictitious Business Names – very helpful for businesses that offer new services and/or products.
- There is no set limit on the number of Fictitious Business Names a business can have.
Some counties or states may require that you publish your Fictitious Business Name(s) in the appropriate publication and re-file publication with the appropriate county or state agency. This helps to inform consumers of services associated with your main company, if it is a corporation or LLC.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME DO'S AND DON'TS
Make sure that the desired Fictitious Business name name does not deceive or mislead the public about the kind of business or services provided by the DBA. For businesses that are not registered as a corporation or an LLC do not include any variation of corporation or limited liability company in the Fictitious Business Names. Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships do not have to be incorporated, but the same rule applies to them too; SP's and GP's cannot have any variation of corporation or limited liability company in their Fictitious Business Name.
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DBA: The What, Where, When, and Why
With so many acronyms being tossed around it is useful to know what exactly a DBA is. DBA stands for “Doing Business As” and it can also be referred to as an assumed name, fictitious business name or trade name. It can be used as an official business name and allows a business to advertise its services, carry out transactions on behalf of the business, produce business or stationary cards and open a business bank account. Once approved and registered DBA’s are usually published to help inform the public of which DBA names belong to which businesses.
DBA’s are usually registered with the county or state’s regulatory authority - the government body responsible for business-relevant activities - but please note that you may need to contact the city or county clerk to be sure of the location where to register your DBA. The county or state to register DBA names is determined by where the main business was formed or where it resides.
A DBA needs to be registered as soon as possible, usually within 30 days of starting your business. DBA names are used when you would prefer not to use your personal name, rather a business name. If your company is a C Corporation, S Corporation, LLC or Nonprofit Corporation and you decided to conduct business with a name that is not the legal name of your business - the name stated in the incorporation documents filed with the state – then you would need to register and file a DBA. The legal name(s) of the owner(s) and the name of the business for a Sole Proprietorship or a General Partnership are the same, which means that if your name is John Doe and you have a landscaping business then your business name is John Doe. Obtaining a DBA allows you to use a name other than your personal, legal name to conduct business transactions.
A DBA helps to facilitate many business-related activities such as:
- Sole proprietorships (SP) and general partnerships (GP): Beneficial and more affordable than incorporating, SP’s and GP’s can utilize DBA’s to conduct business, enhance credibility and open a business bank account without the need of incorporating first.
- Incorporated businesses (such as C Corporations, S Corporations, LLCs, LPS, LLPs, and nonprofit corporations).
- Business transactions can be conducted without having to use the official business name (DBA as the domain name) if a DBA is included in filed incorporation documents.
- Allows a business to market a new product or service or open up a new line of business.
- DBA’s are part of the public records so other businesses and the public will be aware of the DBA names in use. This protects your DBA from fraudulent activity.
- Because real names and addresses are required on the application, creditors and other interested parties can connect a business name to the actual owner of the business by looking up the DBA.