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Form a Kentucky DBA

Stop putting off your filingŚlet LegalZoom take care of your DBA statement today! A DBA is what you'll need to open bank accounts and legally transact business under the name of your new venture. It's quick, it's painless and it's all done online for you. Also known as a Doing Business As or fictitious business name, a DBA is the next step towards making your business official. Let's get to work!


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 Kentucky, one does not have to file a DBA if the business name is a last name, the name of partners in a general partnership, the name registered for a limited liability partnership, the name stated in a certificate if it is a limited partnership, or the name stated in a declaration of trust. For a corporation, one does not have to file a DBA due to the articles of incorporation. For an LLC, one does not have to file a DBA due to the articles of organization. Please note that this is applicable to foreign businesses as well.

When filing in Kentucky, one must provide the name of the business, and the name and address of the owner.

From a procedural standpoint, one must file with the County Clerk in the county where the principal place of business is located. For corporations, one must file with a registered agent. For limited partnerships, one must file with a process agent. For general partnerships, registered LLCs, limited partnerships, business trusts, corporations, or LLCs, one must file with Secretary of State, and then file a copy (may be photocopy) with the County Clerk if the business, registered agent or process agent is in Kentucky. If you are not in Kentucky, you do not have to file with County Clerk. There must be a separate filing for each DBA. The DBA must be signed by the individual for the sole proprietorship, by at least one partner for a partnership or limited liability partnership, by the business trustees for a business trust, by a person authorized by a corporation, and by a member or manager authorized to act for LLC.

In Kentucky, the DBA is effective for five (5) years. A renewal is required every five (5) years, at least six (6) months before the expiration date. A Certificate of Withdrawal must be filed where the DBA was originally filed (same requirements), and must include the date originally filed. If one needs to make an amendment by a general partnership, one must provide the DBA and date of filing, the changes in identity of partners, and must be signed by at least one authorized partner.