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How Many DBAs Can an LLC Have?

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How Many DBAs Can an LLC Have?

How Many DBAs Can an LLC Have?

When you first form your limited liability company (LLC), you’ll choose a business name and register it as part of the formation process. But for several reasons, you may later wish to use a different business name. To do so, you’ll file for a DBA. 

So, a business can have more than one name. But can it have more than one DBA? If you’re wondering just how many alternate names or DBAs an LLC can have, this guide covers you with all the relevant info. 

What is a DBA?

DBA is an acronym for “doing business as” and refers to an alternative business name you file at the local or state level.

A DBA, also known as a fictitious or trade name, allows a business to operate under a name other than its official legal name. 

For instance, if you run “Jane’s T-shirts” and want to start selling shoes, you might file for a DBA called “Jane’s Shoes.” Creating a DBA does not impact taxes and is not a legal entity or structure like a corporation. 

However, if you operate your business as a sole proprietorship or a partnership, you must operate under your name unless you register a DBA. It’s standard in most states to file a DBA with your county or municipality where the business operates, but in some states, it’s filed at the state level. 

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Why Should I Choose a DBA?

Remember that a DBA is not a formal legal entity, meaning you would never choose to form a DBA over an LLC. And in fact, an LLC can also have a DBA

But you should know that, unlike an LLC name, a DBA may not give your business exclusive rights to that name. In addition, some states allow multiple businesses to file and use the same DBA name, so be sure to check the laws in your state. 

Though DBAs do not offer liability protection like LLCs, there are still some good reasons to file a DBA. For one thing, if you come up with a DBA that’s more attractive than your official business name, it might help you generate more business. 

Also, if you’re preparing to offer a new line of products, a DBA will help you differentiate your brands while keeping all your products under one official business entity.

LLCs Can Have Multiple DBAs 

In most states, an LLC can register an unlimited number of DBAs, though some states do set a DBA registration limit. You should know that each DBA must be filed separately, and each filing carries fees. Check with your state for all the details about DBAs for LLCs.

Many LLC owners register several DBA names shortly after forming their business to be ready when they need them. But it’s important to consider how the DBA name you choose will affect the perception of your LLC. Therefore, choosing DBA names that help attract customers and boost your brand image is generally wise.   

How to File a DBA Name

Adding a DBA to your LLC is relatively straightforward, although the requirements of state, county, city, and business structure differ. Visit your state and local government websites to learn more.

The cost ranges from $50 to $500; depending on your state, you can usually file online.

Some states require a business owner to place an ad in a local newspaper announcing the intention to use the DBA name to fulfill public notice requirements. You should also perform web searches to ensure your chosen name isn’t already being used. Most state websites have tools to help you do this. 

Remember, if you’d like to operate under a business name other than your official LLC name, you’ll need to file for a DBA. If you’re an LLC and operate under a name that’s not your LLC name and have not registered as a DBA, you can face serious fines. 

In some states, you may have to renew your DBA name registration periodically, so ensure you stay on top of expiration dates and comply.


Now that you know an LLC can have multiple DBAs, you can choose a few trade names that align with your business and brand. Filing for a DBA is simple, but check your local requirements. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and file those DBAs and create new opportunities for your business.