How to file a DBA in California
Filing a California DBA ('doing business as'), also known as an 'assumed name', is a simple process. California requires sole proprietorships and general partnerships to file a DBA. In California, this is knowns as a Fictitious Business Name Statement (FBNS). Other entities can register an assumed name as part of their legally required business filings.
Read below for answers to your questions about DBAs, plus important details and links, why you might consider filing an assumed name (DBA), and how a DBA can help or hurt you. If you need to research how to file a DBA in another U.S. state or territory, select it below.
Do I need a DBA in California?
California requires that all sole proprietorships, general partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), or out of state companies that regularly transact business in California under a name different from their legal name, must file a DBA with the California Secretary of State. Sole proprietorships and general partnerships must file the form directly, while other types of legal business entities file their forms as part of their overall registration.