If I am operating a sole proprietorship under my personal name, do I need to file a DBA?
No. DBA filings are only required if you are operating a sole proprietorship or partnership under a name other than your personal legal name or last name. For example, if your name is John Smith and you are operating a plumbing business as "Superior Plumbing Services," or a partnership as "Smith & Associates Plumbing," you would need to file a DBA to conduct business. If you are a sole proprietorship, you would not need to file a DBA to legally be called "Smith's Plumbing" that business name consists of your surname in combination with words that accurately describe the business.
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