How to File a Montana DBA

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Registering a Montana DBA, also known as an assumed name, is a simple process that you complete with the Secretary of State. To learn more about why you may need a DBA, read our What is a DBA article.

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Use our free guide below to file for a DBA in Montana:

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DBA Montana - Follow These Steps to File a Montana DBA

Step 1: Start With a Montana DBA Name Search

If you haven't already, head over to the Montana Secretary of State's website to make sure your assumed name isn't taken by another registered Montana business. Your name can be similar to other business names, but it’s still a good practice to create a unique name.

In Montana, your assumed name should not include:

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp., etc unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, or etc.
  • Any terms given to financial institutions, including: "bank," "banc," "banco," 'banque," "banker,``''trust company," "savings and loan association," "savings bank," "credit union" or other similar words.

Next, a quick search on the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System will tell you whether someone else has already trademarked your name.

Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA as well.

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Step 2: Register Your Montana DBA with the State

In Montana, you register your DBA with the Montana Secretary of State on its ePass website.

The application will ask for your new DBA name and information about your business, such as:

  • Business description
  • Applicant type (LLC, sole proprietorship, corporation, etc.)
  • Mailing address and phone number

Important Tip:

A DBA does not offer any protection for your personal assets in the event that your business is sued. For more information on setting up a limited liability company, visit our How to Form an LLC page and select your state.


Submit Your Assumed Business Name Registration

You must complete your assumed name registration online at the Montana Secretary of State’s ePass website. Registration is required to access the site.

Fees

  • $20 Registration Fee

Manage Your Montana DBA

DBA Questions

Call the Montana Secretary of State: 406-444-2034

Renew Your DBA with the State

Your Montana DBA should be renewed every five years. The fee is $20, and you complete the renewal process online.

Change Your DBA

You can amend your assumed name registration online. The fee is $20.

Withdraw Your DBA

You can cancel your Montana assumed name online. There is no cancellation fee.

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FAQ DBA Montana

Can I file a DBA online in Montana?

Yes, you must file online at the Montana Secretary of State’s ePass website.

How do I change my DBA in Montana?

You can amend your assumed name registration online. The fee is $20.

How can I withdraw my DBA?

You can cancel your assumed name online. There is no cancellation fee.

How often should I renew my Montana DBA?

You need to renew your Montana assumed name every five years. The filing fee is $20, and you complete the renewal online.

When is a DBA required in Montana?

A DBA is required whenever a business is operating under a name other than its legal name.

How do I transfer my DBA in Montana?

You can transfer your assumed name online.

Is my Montana DBA protected from being used in other places?

Montana will not register an assumed name that is not distinguishable from another registered name. It is possible to create a federal trademark for a DBA, which would offer stronger protection across state lines.

How many DBAs can I have?

You can have as many DBAs as you can afford to create and are able to keep track of. However, more isn’t necessarily better. Each one will come with additional incremental expense and paperwork, so you will want to make sure you have a good reason for each one you have.

Can a DBA get an EIN or Tax ID?

DBAs aren’t required to have a separate EIN because DBAs aren’t a business entity. The business entity that the DBA is under would have an EIN if an EIN is required.

To learn more about EINs and when you would need one for your business, read What is An EIN from our friends at TRUiC.

Can a DBA become an LLC?

Your DBA is just a name. A DBA is often confused with a sole proprietorship. If you mean “can my sole proprietorship become an LLC?” then the answer is “Yes. Absolutely.”

To learn how to form an LLC, visit our Form an LLC state guides.

Can a DBA have "Inc." in the name?

A DBA can only have "Inc." in the name if the business entity the DBA is attached to is a corporation.

How do I set up a DBA for a rental property?

It’s always best to consult an attorney. Usually, the best option is to form an LLC to protect your personal assets in the event of an issue with the rental property. Holding the rental property in your name and with a DBA will not afford you any protection.

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