Michigan DBA Filing
Getting a DBA in Michigan
A Michigan DBA filing may be necessary for your business to open a bank account or conduct business under a name that is different from your own. DBA is simply an abbreviation for “doing business as”, and it's meaning is just as simple. Getting a DBA in Michigan means that you are doing business under a name that is different than either your legal name or your businesses legal name.
It is a common practice for banking institutions to require a DBA be on file for a business bank account to be opened. In some states, this is referred to as an “assumed name” or as a “fictitious name”. In any case, it is an official registration of the name you conduct business in and is necessary if you conduct business or collect money in a name other than your own.
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Here's how it works:
- Speak with our specialist:
We will ask you simple questions related to your business to ensure a smooth filing. This often takes as little as 10 minutes and will keep you from guessing whether you've done everything that's needed.
- We file your paperwork with the state:
Once we have Step 1 completed, we will create the documents that the state needs for the formation. We give them a quality check to make certain your answers are accurately reflected and the actual filing with the state takes place.
- Final steps:
Once we receive your documents back from the state, we will forward them to you along with any other related papers or directions.
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Q: What is a DBA (Doing Business As)?
A: Very simply put, DBA stands for "Doing Business As" and it is an official registration of the name you are conducting business in. This is used anytime you are conducting business in a name that is different from your personal legal name or your businesses legal name.
Q: Do I need to file a DBA?
A: This type of registration is necessary if you are conducting business in a name other than your personal name or the legal name of your business. Also, it is customary for banks to require a DBA registration to open a bank account. It is an extremely common filing and is used by both sole proprietors and corporations on a regular basis.
Q: To open a business bank account, do I need a DBA?
A: Generally, you do. Most banks require it to open a business bank account and in many states, they require that you provide them with a certified copy of the DBA.
Q: Can you give me an example of what a DBA might be?
A: For this first example, Mark Thomas runs a landscaping and lawn care business, which he advertises as QuickCuts. His customers make checks out to QuickCuts and Mark needs to deposit them into his bank account or cash them. Usually, advertising the name alone would require a DBA filing, but add in the checks and Mark will almost certainly be required to file a DBA.
Q: Are there names that a DBA cannot be?
A: Yes. DBA's are not allowed to imply that they are a formal corporation. So, you would not be allowed to add "Inc" to the end of the name. From the above example, Mark would not be able to file his DBA as QuickCuts, Inc. However, almost any other name would likely be fine.
Q: Am I required to file a DBA and, if so, how soon must I do so?
A: Some states require the filing happen within a short amount of time from when you begin to use the name, usually within 30-60 days. However, it is best to file your DBA prior to ever using it.
Q. Can a doing business as (DBA) be filed for all entity types?
A. DBAs can be filed for all entity types. We can assist sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships (LPs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and nonprofits in filing a DBA.
A. A corporation or LLC files a DBA registration if it intends to transact business under a name other than the legal name that appears on the corporation's or LLC's state-approved formation document(s). The corporation or LLC must file the DBA with the appropriate state and/or county agency in the state in which the company is formed or foreign qualified.
Q. Why should I file a doing business as (DBA)?
A. One of the most important reasons for filing a DBA is for banking purposes. Most banks will require the filed DBA registration prior to opening an account under the business name. In addition, the DBA filing becomes part of the public record, thereby giving other businesses official notice that this name is in use.
Q. Are doing business as (DBA) filings mandatory?
A. An individual or company will be required, in most jurisdictions, to file a DBA if they choose to transact business under a name other than the owner's personal name(s), for sole proprietorships and partnerships, or the name used on the company's formation documents.
Q. Do I have to file a doing business as (DBA) before I can begin transacting business?
A. In most cases the state or other local agencies require a DBA to be filed prior to transacting business under a name other than the owner's personal name or the name listed on the company's formation documents. Additionally, without the DBA registration document, you may not be able to open a business banking account in the DBA name.
Q. Where should I file my doing business as (DBA)?
A. DBAs are typically filed in the state and/or county where the principal business address or street address of the business is located. In some cases, it is necessary to file the DBA in other local jurisdictions, such as with the city or town clerk.
Q. What steps are involved in filing a doing business as (DBA)?
A. Filing a DBA involves the following steps:
- Preliminary name check with the appropriate state and/or county agency (if applicable)
- Preparation and filing of the DBA document(s)
- Payment of DBA filing fees to the state and/or county agency
- Publication of DBA filing with local newspapers (if applicable)
- Re-file publication with state and/or county agencies (if applicable)
Q. What words are prohibited in a doing business as (DBA) name?
A. There are restrictions on the words you may use in your DBA name. In addition, you cannot use words that may mislead the general public into believing the company is something other than what is being portrayed by the DBA name. For example, you may not use corporate name endings such as Inc., Incorporated or Corp. if the company is not filed as a corporation. Additionally, you may not use Limited Liability Company or LLC if the company is not filed as an LLC.
Q. How long does it take to complete the filing of a doing business as (DBA)?
A. The typical completion time for the DBA Filing Service is 4 to 8 weeks.
Q. How many doing business as (DBA) names can I register?
A. There are no state and/or county restrictions as to the number of DBA names you may file.
Q. Can someone else use my doing business as (DBA) name?
A. Registering a DBA typically does not reserve the name against future use by another party. In most cases, registration of a DBA or fictitious name is for public notice only and should not be presumed that the registrant's rights to own or use the name are protected.
Q. Do doing business as (DBA) filings expire?
A. DBA filings can be valid for any number of years and may or may not expire. Each state and/or county where the DBA is registered establishes the expiration date. If your DBA filing expires, the appropriate agency will notify you at the address you have on record with that agency and you will need to re-file the DBA name. Therefore, maintaining a current DBA business address with the appropriate agency is very important.
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