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Form a Pennsylvania DBA



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PENNSYLVANIA 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.

In Pennsylvania, a DBA must not contain the words "college," "university" or "seminary" as to imply that the entity is an educational institution unless certified. In addition, the words "engineer,กจ "engineering," "surveyor," "surveying" or any other word implying the practice of engineering unless properly registered and a certificate from the board to that effect is submitted cannot be used. Also not permitted are the words "bank," "banking," "banker" or "trust" or any other word implying that the entity is a banking company unless approved by the Department of Banking. The word "cooperative" or any abbreviation thereof unless it is subject to cooperative corporations laws is also not permitted, along with the words "architect" or "architecture" or any other word implying that any form of the practice of architecture is provided unless properly registered and certificate is submitted. The words "credit union" or any other words implying that the entity is a credit union unless approved by the Department of Banking are also not allowed. The words "annuity," "assurance," "beneficial," "bond," "casualty," "endowment," "fidelity," "fraternal," "guaranty," "indemnity," "insurance," "insurer," "reassurance," "reinsurance," "surety" or "title" when used in such a way as to imply that the entity is engaged in the business of writing insurance are not permitted, unless there is submitted a certificate from another jurisdiction certifying that the entity is duly licensed as an insurance company or a certificate from the Insurance Department certifying that it has no objection to the use by the entity of such designation. Also, the "electric cooperative" is not allowed unless it is subject to electric cooperative corporation laws, and the number "911" is prohibited unless the entity is a public agency located in whole or in part within the Commonwealth and authorized.

When filing a DBA in Pennsylvania, one must submit the following:
  • The DBA
  • A brief statement concerning the character or nature of the business or other activity to be carried on under or through the DBA
  • The address, including street and number, if any, of the principal place of business of the business or other activity to be carried on under or through the DBA
  • The name and address, including street and number, if any, of each individual interested in such business or other activity
  • A statement that the applicant is familiar with the provisions of section 332 (relating to effect of registration) and understands that filing under the DBAs Act does not create any exclusive or other right in the DBA
Those other than individuals should provide the following:
  • The name of the entity and a statement of its form of organization
  • The name of the jurisdiction under the laws of which it is organized
  • The address, including street and number, if any, of its principal office under the laws of its domiciliary jurisdiction
  • The address, including street and number, if any, of its registered office, if any, in this Commonwealth
Publication is required if the entity includes an individual party. One must officially publish in the county in which the principal office or place of business of the entity is located, and provide a notice of its intention to file an application for registration of a DBA. The notice may appear prior to or after the day upon which the application is filed in the department and must set forth the DBA, the address, including street and number, if any, of the principal office or place of business, the names and addresses, including street and number, if any, of all persons who are parties to the registration, and a statement that an application for registration of a DBA is to be or was filed under the DBAs Act.

If there are one or more participants, only the constituent participants must be named in the application, and a partner or other authorized representative of a participant may execute the application on behalf of the participant. For a trust or similar entity, only the trustees of the trust or the governing body of the similar entity must be named in and must execute the application. All others must be executed by each individual party thereto and, in the case of any other entity, by the entity. The application of any party may be executed by the attorney-in-fact of the party.

The application may designate one or more parties who must be authorized to execute amendments to, withdrawals from or cancellation of the registration.