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Obtaining a D.b.a. name in Arizona is straight forward and simple. In fact, rather than explain how to do it, I'm going to send you directly to the Arizona Secretary of State's publication which clearly tells you everything you need to know, including how to submit your application:
However, a few points may be helpful before you jump feet first into this publication:
- D.b.a. stands for "doing business as," and it is really just your company's nickname. For instance your company might be a corporation filed as "Abernathy, Bertholomew, and Calisto, a Wiget and Gadget and Sundry Things Corporation," but everyone calls it "ABC." ABC is your D.b.a. name
- Fictitious names, trade names, and tradenames are almost always the same thing as a D.b.a. name
- Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and sole proprietorships can apply for a D.b.a. name
- In many cases you can't use a D.b.a. name with banks, customers, or vendors until you have had your D.b.a. name officially registered and you have a certificate to show. Many banks won't allow you to put your D.b.a. on your checks until you provide your certificate of registration
- If you don't register your D.b.a. before anyone else, you may lose the right to use it