How to Set Up a DBA. From a legal standpoint, the basic format of your name becomes "Your Name, d/b/a Name's Business.". Once you've registered a DBA, you can open bank accounts and conduct other business activities using the business name rather than your own name.
Draft an Articles of Incorporation. Follow the guidelines at the Florida Department of State website, which essentially includes the same information outlined in Step 1 in the previous section. Include a cover letter with a contact name, phone number and email address.
If your business has a name other than yours, you will need to register that name as a DBA. You can check the records of the Florida Department of State at Sunbiz.org to make sure your business name is not too similar to an existing corporation. Register with the IRS and get a tax ID number.
Organizing Your LLC Choose your management structure. Pick a registered agent. File your articles of organization. Draft your operating agreement. Publish a notice. Obtain your Employer Identification Number (EIN). Register with your state tax office.
Setting Up a DBA in Florida. No two business can have the same, or similar, names. This means the first step in filing a DBA is to search the Fictitious Name database to check if the desired trade name is available. If it is, then the filer may proceed to the registration process.
How to Add a DBA to an LLC. If you have an LLC and want to file a DBA, you don’t have to choose between one or the other—you are allowed to add a DBA to your LLC. A Doing Business As (DBA) is a good idea if your existing LLC wishes to operate under a name other than the legal name of the company.
To cancel your DBA in Florida, you must complete only section 4 of the application for registration of a fictitious name form. Include an updated address if your business’ address on file is no longer valid.
Follow our step-by-step How to Get a DBA in Florida guide to get started today. Important: A DBA is only used for branding purposes. A DBA isn't a type of business structure and won't protect your personal assets.