DBA Las Vegas

Starting a sole proprietorship or partnership?

You have the option of choosing a business or DBA

When company is said to be “doing business as”, they operate their business under different , legal, registered name. If you’d like to operate your business under a name other than your own, for example John Lebowski doing business as “The Dude’s Smoke Shop”, then you may be required to register under a fictitious name. Only a corporation that is registered with the Secretary of State, may include words like “Inc,” or “Corp.”

Every person doing business in the state of Nevada, under an assumed or fictitious name who owns an interest in the business must file a certificate within the county. The DBA designation is a form of consumer protection that prevents unscrupulous business owners from operating under different name to avoid legal trouble, and these filings let the public know the true owner of a business.

If you’re the sole proprietor or part of a general partnership doing business using a name different from your own, your business needs to file a DBA registration. If John Lebowski opened a smoke shop called “The Dude’s Smoke Shop,” he would need to file a DBA. If, however, he opened a smoke shop called John Lebowski Smokes, he may not have to file a DBA. If a business name implies a group, like “The Lebowski Group” he’ll have to file a DBA.

If you’ve incorporated or formed a limited liability company (LLC) and are operating the business under a name that is different from the company or LLC you will need to file a DBA registration. If “The Dude’s Smoke Shop” wanted to expand into another business, such as T-shirts, then John Lebowski would need to file a DBA to do business as John Lebowski T-shirts.

The Benefits of Filing a DBA Registration

A DBA registration will keep a business in compliance with the law, it allows a sole proprietor to use a typical business name without creating a formal legal entity, and it is often the least expensive way to legally conduct business under a different business name.

As a sole proprietor, a DBA is required to open a bank account and receive payment under your business name. A bank will not allow you to open an account without receiving a copy of your filed DBA, which is why it is best to file for DBA registrations from the beginning.

The DBA can be a valuable way to structure your business and provide you some protection of your rights as a business owner. They offer greater flexibility when it comes to your expanding, evolving business. While there are limitations to filing a DBA, for example, you do not have the right to prevent another individual from using the same business name, and filing a DBA is not part of corporate umbrella like an LLC so you will not be provided with any special tax benefits. It can be a fast and effective option to make your business “legal” while providing some benefits, it’s important to be aware of the limitations of this business name designation.

The DBA can be a valuable way to structure your business and provide you some protection of your rights as a business owner. They offer greater flexibility when it comes to your expanding, evolving business. While there are limitations to filing a DBA, for example, you do not have the right to prevent another individual from using the same business name, and filing a DBA is not part of corporate umbrella like an LLC will not provide you with any special tax benefits, it can be a fast and effective option to make your business “legal” while providing some benefits, it’s important to be aware of the limitations of this business name designation.

If you’re starting a business and need assistance filing a DBA, contact Stacy Chapman at DMV Vegas.