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ESTABLISH YOUR BRAND BY FORMING YOUR DBA (DOING BUSINESS AS) TODAY
  • DBA is an abbreviation for "doing business as."
  • If you're a sole proprietor, you need a DBA to register your business name
  • We'll prepare and file all required documents to start your DBA
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Getting Started is Easy

Our three step process will have your business up and running Swyftly TM

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Tell us about your business

Provide business details

We have taken the complexity out of forming your DBA. Our simple online application can be completed in as little as 10 minutes.

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We file the paperwork

After a comprehensive business name search, we will draft and file your DBA application directly with the Secretary of State or city county.

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Receive your documents

Once your DBA has been approved by the state or county, we will mail your completed DBA package directly to you.

Why Business Owners Choose Swyft Filings

Trusted and Experienced

Our Business Specialists will form your new business the correct way, saving you time and money by avoiding costly errors. Let us handle your business filings while you focus on growing your business.

Personal Customer Support

Each one of our customers is assigned a personal Business Specialist. Have a question? Just call your personal Business Specialist directly. No need to wait in a pool of phone calls.

Fast Turnaround Time

When you place your order through Swyft Filings, we can immediately start the process of forming your new business. Our processing times are some of the fastest in the industry.

Advantages of forming a DBA

Your business name is how customers find and recognize you, so a unique
DBA name can have a positive impact for your company

Increased Credibility

A well-chosen name can enhance the credibility of a business, especially for sole proprietors and general partnerships.

Open Financial Accounts

Many banks require sole proprietorships and general partnerships to take on a DBA before opening an account.

Branding Purposes

There are numerous ways that a DBA can assist a company's branding efforts such as expanding and growing your business.

Multiple Names

A DBA allows companies to effectively run multiple branding campaigns, or even separate businesses.

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  • What benefits does filing a DBA provide?

    There are numerous reasons to file for a DBA. The most common are:

    1. Increased credibility – A well-chosen name can enhance the credibility of a business, especially for sole proprietors and general partnerships.
    2. The ability to open financial accounts – Many banks require sole proprietorships and general partnerships to take on a DBA before opening an account.
    3. Branding purposes – There are numerous ways that a DBA can assist a company's branding efforts. Some of the most common are to integrate a company's name with their online properties (domain names, social media profiles, etc.), or to position themselves differently to multiple demographics.
    4. Multiple Names – A DBA allows companies to effectively run multiple branding campaigns, or even separate businesses, under one legal entity. As long as the chosen names are not misleading to consumers, and reflect the company's products or services, there is no limit to the number of DBAs that a business can have.
  • Is acquiring a DBA ever mandatory?

    A DBA is mandatory any time that an organization wishes to transact business under a name other than their incorporated name.

    While it isn't mandatory for sole proprietorships and general partnerships to acquire DBAs, there are some severe limitations placed on them if they do not have one. Without a DBA, these types of business cannot typically open a bank account with most institutions, and must represent themselves strictly as the owner's personal name(s).

  • How long does the DBA filing process take?

    Swyft Filings DBA service takes approximately 2 weeks to complete from start to finish.

  • Is there any way to speed up the DBA filing process?

    Yes. While Swyft Filings cannot control how long it takes for your local jurisdiction to handle your DBA application, we do offer a DBA filing option that relies on the expedited shipping of documents in order to ensure that the process is a fast as possible. If you elect to choose our expedited filing option, the whole process will typically take 1 week to complete from start to finish.

  • Are there any publication requirements involved with DBAs?

    Some states require that any business that acquires a DBA run a public notice in a local newspaper. Depending on where you are located, the exact details will vary. Swyft Filings DBA service DOES NOT include the fulfillment of any publications that your local jurisdiction requires.

  • What exactly is a doing business as (DBA)?

    A Doing Business As (commonly referred to as a DBA, assumed name, fictitious business name, or trade name) provides businesses a legally recognized way to conduct themselves under a name other than the incorporated name.

  • Are there any restrictions on who can file a DBA?

    There are no restrictions on who can file for a DBA. Informal business structures such as sole proprietorships and general partnerships will benefit greatly by obtaining a DBA. Without a DBA, informal business structures must conduct business under the personal name of their owners. Also, many banks require a business to have a DBA to open an account.

  • Why would a formal business entity file for a DBA?

    Filing for a DBA allows formal business entities such as LLCs and corporations to represent themselves with multiple names. This is beneficial if the company is offering unrelated products and/or reaching out to different demographic groups.

  • Where should my business file for its DBA?

    You will need to file your DBA at either the state, county or city level depending on the location of your business. It should also be noted that you might need to obtain a DBA to operate locally if your business was established in a foreign state.

  • What does filing for a DBA involve?

    The first step in filing for a DBA is to do a preliminary check for name availability in the jurisdiction in which you will be filing. If your desired name is available, you will then fill out the required paperwork with the appropriate agency and pay any related fees. Some jurisdictions will require that you publish a notice (or notices) of your company’s new alias in the local newspaper(s). Swyft Filings DBA filing service can complete this process for you as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

  • Are there any limits placed on terms that can be used for DBAs?

    Some states require that any business that acquires a DBA run a public notice in a local newspaper. Depending on where you are located, the exact details will vary. Swyft Filings DBA service DOES NOT include the fulfillment of any publications that your local jurisdiction requires.

  • Do DBAs ever expire?

    Yes, most DBA expire after 10 years of existence. Typically you will receive an official notice before the expiration date and be given the option to renew.

  • Do DBAs grant exclusive rights to the chosen name?

    Yes, when you file for a DBA this prevents other organizations from using the business name in your local area. This is ideal for businesses that have long term branding or marketing plans. It is recommended that you explore registering your business name as a trademark if you would like to protect a name from being used by other organizations outside of your area.

  • Is there any limit to the number of DBAs a business can have?

    A business may have many DBAs as long as each name does not violate any restrictions and is properly obtained.

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