How to File a DBA in Wyoming

Filing a Wyoming DBA (doing business as), also known as a trade name, is a simple process that you complete with the Secretary of State.

Our How to File a DBA in Wyoming 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 Wyoming:

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How to Set up a DBA in Wyoming

Step 1: Start With a Wyoming DBA Name Search

If you haven't already, head over to the Wyoming Secretary of State website to make sure your trade name isn't taken by another registered Wyoming 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 Wyoming, your trade 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.

You can find more information about the Wyoming business name guidelines 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 Wyoming DBA with the State

In Wyoming, you register your DBA with the Secretary of State. When you are ready to register your name, you can complete and return the notarized application for registration of trade name form. Note that the trade name must be in use before it can be registered.

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

  • Name and address of the applicant
  • The business structure of the applicant
  • Applicant’s state of incorporation (if an incorporated entity)
  • The business address of trade name

Wyoming gives you the option to reserve a trade name for up to 120 days by completing this reservation form. It's not mandatory, but it could be useful if you aren’t yet ready to file your trade name but want to keep it from being registered by someone else. The fee is $30.

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 Application for Registration of Trade Name Form

Mail

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

Fees

  • $100 Filing Fee


Manage Your Wyoming DBA


DBA Questions

Call the Wyoming Secretary of State: (307) 777-7311


Renew Your DBA with the State

Your Wyoming DBA needs to be renewed every ten years. The renewal fee is $50. Complete this renewal form and mail it to:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020


Withdraw Your DBA

To cancel your trade name, complete this cancellation form. Mail it and the $10 cancellation fee to:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

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FAQ DBA Wyoming

Can I file a DBA online in Wyoming?

No.

How can I withdraw my DBA?

To cancel your trade name, complete this cancellation form. Mail it and the $10 cancellation fee to:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

How often should I renew my Wyoming DBA?

Your Wyoming DBA needs to be renewed every ten years. The renewal fee is $50. Complete this renewal form and mail it to:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

When is a DBA required in Wyoming?

Trade names are optional in Wyoming.

How do I transfer my DBA in Wyoming?

You can transfer your trade name in Wyoming by submitting the assignment of trade name registration form. Mail the form and the $25 filing fee to:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

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

There are some state-level laws that prevent DBAs that are too similar to existing ones from being used, but your name is not protected in Wyoming. 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 expenses 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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