How to File a DBA in Utah

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Registering a Utah DBA (doing business as), also known as an assumed name, is a simple process that you complete with the Utah Department of Commerce.

Our How to File a DBA in Utah guide will help you get started on branding your small business.

Important!

A DBA is used for branding purposes. A DBA isn't a type of business structure and won't protect your personal assets.

Forming an LLC is the best choice for most small businesses. Visit our DBA vs LLC guide to learn what types of businesses need limited liability protection.

How To Use This Guide

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

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DBA Utah - Learn How to File a Utah DBA in Two Easy Steps

Step 1: Start With a Utah DBA Name Search

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

TIP: Our business name generator tool is a great resource for entrepreneurs who are still working to create the perfect business name or website address.

In Utah, your assumed name should not include:

  • 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.

You can find more information about naming restrictions here.

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 Utah DBA with the State

In Utah, you register your DBA with the Department of Commerce. You can file online at Utah's Department of Commerce website or you can complete the DBA application form and file it by mail, fax, or in person.

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

  • Business purpose
  • Registered agent’s name and address
  • Owner’s name and address
  • Owner’s entity number (if a registered business)

Utah provides instructions for the form here.

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 Registration Form

Walk-In

Heber M. Wells Building
160 E 300 S, 1st Floor
Salt Lake City Utah 84111

Mail

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

Fax

(801) 530-6438

Fees

$22 Filing Fee

Payment

Means of payment are: cash, check, credit card, or money order made payable to the State of Utah. If faxing, you must include, on a cover sheet, the number of a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express with the expiration date.

Manage Your Utah DBA

DBA Questions

Call the Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Corporations and Commercial Code: (801) 530-4849 or (877) 526-3994

Renew Your DBA with the State

Your Utah DBA should be renewed every three years. It can be done online or by filling out this form. The renewal fee for a DBA is $27. If filing by mail, send to:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

Change Your DBA

You can make changes to your DBA online or by filling out this form. The filing fee is $15. If filing by mail, send to:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

Withdraw Your DBA

To cancel your assumed name, complete the Letter of the Cancellation Form. Mail the completed form to:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

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FAQ DBA Utah

Can I file a DBA online in Utah?

You can file your DBA online here.

How do I change my DBA in Utah?

You can make changes to your DBA online or by filling out this form. The filing fee is $15. If filing by mail, send to:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

How can I withdraw my DBA?

To cancel your assumed name, complete the Letter of Cancellation form. Mail the completed form to:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

How often should I renew my Utah DBA?

Your Utah DBA expires after three years. It can be done online or by filling out this form. The renewal fee for a DBA is $27.

When is a DBA required in Utah?

A DBA is required whenever a business is operating under a name other than its legal name. In the case of a sole proprietorship, you will need a DBA if you are operating under a name other than your own personal name.

How do I transfer my DBA in Utah?

You can transfer ownership of your DBA by filling out this form. Mail the completed form to:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

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

According to the state of Utah, “Registration allows the business owner to have the name on file so the owner's business name should not be used by another business. This registration provides you with use of your exact business name. The more you use it and become known to the public by name, the more legal protection your name earns against "predatory encroachment" by other businesses.”

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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