Step 1) Obtain a Copy of the Pennsylvania DBA Registration Form

WebsiteTo obtain your Pennsylvania DBA, you need to obtain and file a Registration of Fictitious Name (DSCB 54-311) Form from the Pennsylvania Department of State.

The complete instructions can be found in the form. If you need other information or data, you can browse through the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website, everything can be found there. Make sure to read the form carefully and prepare the needed information.


Step 2) Completely Fill-out the Pennsylvania DBA Registration Form

Create an Operating AgreementOnce you have the copy of the registration form, the next step is to fill it out. Before doing so, read the instructions thoroughly and jot down the information asked of you in a separate paper. Some of the most basic data that will be asked are the following:

After completing the form, recheck it for inconsistencies and mistakes. Do this twice to ensure that every entry is accurately entered. Once done, you can proceed to the next step.


Step 3) File Your Completely Filled-out DBA Form

Mail in the FormThe last and final step is submitting your registration form in this address:

Pennsylvania Department of State,

Corporation Bureau, P.O. Box 8722,

Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722

Processing of the application can take seven to ten days so you have to wait patiently for your application to get approved. Once you are given a go signal, you can immediately start using your fictious business name.

This article is informational in nature and is not meant to replace legal advice. It should be considered a legal reference as well. For specific questions and concerns on the process of filing a DBA in Pennsylvania, you can consult an attorney.

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