May 9, 2021

DBA / Business Names

DBA is an abbreviation for “doing business as”. Registering a DBA is required if you plan to operate your business under a name that differs from your company’s legal name.

With a DBA you can legally open a bank account and conduct other transactions using your trade name. This is a critical first step toward building name recognition for your business. RI Legal Forms Online can help you register your DBA in 3 simple steps.

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More about filing for a DBA in Rhode Island

For a corporation, LLC, or other state registered entity, the legal name is the name on the filed articles. For all other business entities, the legal name is the personal name of the business owner or owners. Conducting business and opening a bank account under any name other than your legal business name is only possible after fulfilling your state’s DBA filing requirement.



DBA is an abbreviation for “doing business as.” Certain jurisdictions may also use the terms fictitious business name, trade name or assumed name. DBA registration is necessary if your business operates under a name other than its legal name.


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Contact the RI business attorneys at the Rhode Island law firm of Bardorf & Bardorf with any questions regarding filing for a DBA in Rhode Island.