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Form a Florida DBA

Today is the day to file for your DBA! LegalZoom take the hassle out of filing your official business name with all the required authorities. A DBA, or Doing Business As, is the last piece you need before you open your bank accounts and legally transact business with your official business name. Also known as a fictitious business name, get your DBA and get legally established.

FLORIDA STATUTORY GUIDELINES 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.

When filing a DBA in Florida, the DBA may not contain the words "corporation" or "incorporated," or their abbreviations, unless the person or business for which the DBA is registered is incorporated or has obtained a certificate of authority to transact business in Florida pursuant to chapter 607 or 617. A DBA for a corporation, LLC, limited liability partnership, or limited partnership is not required to contain the type of legal entity in which the person or business is organized, including the terms "corporation," "LLC," "limited liability partnership," "limited partnership," or any abbreviation thereof. One does not have to file if the business is formed by an attorney licensed in Florida, or by a person licensed to practice by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation or the Department of Health. In addition, one does not have to file any corporation, partnership, or other commercial entity that is organized or registered in Florida, unless the business uses differs from the name as licensed or registered.

When filing a DBA in Florida, one must provide the name and address of the business and the name and address of each owner. For corporations, the Federal employer's identification number (EIN) is required, as well as the Florida incorporation/registration number. Any other information deemed necessary to adequately inform other governmental agencies and the public of the DBA must also be submitted.

From a procedural standpoint, the DBA must be notarized, and there is a fee for registration, cancellation, or renewal. A Certification of publication, at least once, in a newspaper as defined in chapter 50 in the county where the applicant's principal place of business is located is also required. Forms are available at the Secretary of State and may include the Uniform Business Report to create index records as a substitute for any annual report or renewal filing, to apply for the issuance of a Federal Employer Identification Number, to comply with a license permit or registration, or to facilitate the creation and maintenance of a database (including a directory of businesses containing any information regarding the activities of such businesses).

There are some continuing obligations associated with filing a DBA in Florida. The name is valid for five (5) years and expires on December 31st of the fifth year if it is not renewed before December 31st. If the ownership changes, the owner must file a cancellation re-register within thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the change.