DBA stands for "doing business as." Nearly all states require that if you are operating a business under a name other than the name of the business owner or business partners, than you must register this name, which is referred to as the DBA. In Colorado, DBAs are known as trade names. Business owners may register their trade names online via the Colorado Secretary of State's Business Division's website. Trade name registration costs $20 per name.
Visit the Colorado Secretary of State's Business Division website. Click on "File a business document" under the "Online Services" section. Then click on "Trade Name" under "Register a." Trade names can only be registered online. If you have any questions regarding the process, you may contact the Secretary of State's Business Division.
Colorado Secretary of State Business Division 1700 Broadway Suite 200 Denver, Colo. 80290 303-894-2200 sos.state.co.us/pubs/business/main.htm
Select which type of entity you wish to file a trade name for. Trade name filings are most often done for sole proprietorships and general partnerships.
Fill out the form. You will need to include your name, address, your business' address, your desired trade name and a brief description of the kind of work your business conducts.
Submit the form by clicking the "Submit" button. You will need to enter your payment information. Trade name registrations cost $20 per trade name.
Trade name registrations are effective for one year. To maintain your trade name, you must renew it annually.
Filing your trade name does not legally stop other businesses from using your trade name. Failing to register a trade name is illegal. You may incur fines and be issued an injunction that will stop you from conducting business.
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