Your personal, legal name is
your first and last name.
A corporation's legal name is the one appearing on
the face of the registered, stamped state corporate, Limited Liability
Company or Ltd Partnership Document.
Thus, if your name is John Doe and you are doing business as
as a sole proprietor with the DBA "John's Plumbing," you are required to
register a DBA , DBA statement.
On the DBA Document / statement, you will be the registrant,
John Doe, doing business as the DBA name "John's Plumbing".
If you have registered a corporation, or Limited Liability
Company with that name (i.e., "John's Plumbing") you don't need to
file a DBA with the same name (i.e., with "John's Plumbing" DBA
However, if you have filed "John's Plumbing"
corporation, or Limited Liability Company and you decide you
also want to do business as a corporation but with a different than
the corporation's name. For instance, you want to do business with the
DBA "Plumber 4 You," you need to register a DBA under "John's
Plumbing" corporation (in such case, "John's Plumbing" corporation will be
the registrant of the DBA "Plumber 4 You".
Why is it called a "" DBA ,
assumed name or a trade name?
It is called a "" name, mainly because it is not the
"legal name" of the owner.
An individual has a legal name because he or she has a birth
Document and or a social security number.
A corporation has a legal name because it has a corporate
Document filed with the state as well as a federal Tax Id Number.
Thus, a person with a legal name, doing business as a name
other than its legal name, has to file a DBA of the name he is doing
A DBA , an assumed name or a trade name, is simply a
company's DBA , when the DBA is not the same as the owner's name of the
For example, the DBA of a sole proprietorship is "Joan's
Burger Queen". If the DBA was the
name of the owner of the business, "Joan Doe," the first and last name
of the owner, it would not be a "" DBA.
Likewise if the owner of the
business is a corporation, as for example, IBM corporation, doing business
as the DBA "Computers to Go," "Computers to Go" would be a DBA for IBM
corporation because the name is not the corporation / owner's name (namely,
the name is not " IBM corporation").