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Form a Michigan DBA



You're ready to take the next step—make that business name you've been using legal and official. You've come to the right place! With a quick online process, LegalZoom will file your DBA (a.k.a. Doing Business As or fictitious business name) with all the appropriate Michigan authorities. Open bank accounts and transact business under your newly registered name. Get started and get your DBA filed—today!



MICHIGAN STATUTORY GUIDELINES

LegalZoom.com customizes your legal DBA filing to comply with local requirements, no matter where you live. However, if you're interested in the specifics, they are listed below.

Except for a state or nationally chartered bank, savings bank, or an affiliate of a bank or savings bank, the person subject to this act must not include in its DBA, the words "bank," "banker," "banking," "banc," "bankcorp," "Bancorp," or any other words or phrases that would imply that the person is a bank. It is not a violation of this subsection to use the term "mortgage banker" or "mortgage banking." Violations result in a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof one must be punished by a fine or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding thirty (30) days, and cannot bring suit.

One must file a DBA certificate in duplicate on a form furnished by the clerk of the county where the person conducts business (except for corporations and limited partnerships). This form will include the name under which the business owned is, or is to be, conducted or transacted, and the true or real full name and address of the person owning, conducting, or transacting the business. For domestic limited partnerships, one must provide the name as set forth in the certificate of limited partnership. For foreign limited partnerships, one must provide the name under which it has registered in this state. For domestic or foreign LLCs, one must provide the true name of the company, and the DBA or names under which business is to be transacted. For a corporation, one must provide the true name of corporation, and the name to be used.

The certificate must be executed and notarized by the person owning, conducting, or intending to conduct the business (except for corporations and limited partnerships). The certificate must be executed and notarized by the person owning, conducting, or intending to conduct the business. For a domestic limited partnership, each certificate must be executed by at least one general partner.

A DBA in Michigan expires in five (5) years, and a renewal fee extends the DBA for five (5) additional years. Six (6) years after an original or renewal certificate has expired, the County Clerk may destroy the certificate.

For name changes or changes of address, except for corporations and limited partnerships, it is the duty of the person(s) conducting business to file with the County Clerk a certificate stating the change in business location, and if the business location is changed to some other county, one must file with that county.

For a co-partnership, it is the duty of one of the members of such co-partnership to file a certificate stating change in business location and, if business location is changed to some other county, to file with that county.

Except for corporations and limited partnerships, if one is going out of business, it must be the duty of the person(s), who have conducted business, to file a certificate with the clerk, of the discontinuance of the operation of the business. For a co-partnership, it must be the duty of one of the members of such co-partnership to file a certificate with the clerk of the discontinuance.

Concerning mergers, a corporation surviving a merger may use as a DBA the corporate name of a merging corporation, or the name of any other entity participating in the merger. This can be done by filing a certificate of a DBA under subsection (1) or by providing for the use of the name as a DBA in the certificate of merger. The surviving corporation also may file a certificate of a DBA under subsection (1) or provide in the certificate of merger for the use of a DBA of a merging entity not transferred under subsection (3). A provision in the certificate of merger under this subsection must be treated as a new certificate of a DBA. An LLC surviving a merger may use as a DBA the name of a merging LLC, or the name of any other entity participating in the merger, by filing a certificate of DBA under subsection (1) or by providing for the use of the DBA in the certificate of merger. An LLC participating in a merger, or any other entity participating in a merger, may transfer to the survivor the use of an DBA if noted in the certificate of merger as provided in section. This will expire at the expiration date of the original filing.