How to File a DBA in Arkansas

Filing an Arkansas DBA (doing business as), also known as an assumed name or fictitious name, is a simple process done at the county level or with the Arkansas Secretary of State depending on your business structure.

Follow our step-by-step How to File a DBA in Arkansas guide to get started today.

To learn more about why you may need to set up a DBA, read our What is a DBA article before you start.

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First, Choose Your Arkansas Business Type:

Sole Proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is a business owned by a single individual that isn't formally organized.

LLC, Corporation, General Partnership or LLP

If your business is an Arkansas LLC, Corporation, General Partnership, or LLP, the information on how to get a DBA can be found in this section.

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Filing a DBA in Arkansas for Sole Proprietorships

Sole proprietors are required to file their Arkansas DBA with the County Clerk in the county that their business is located.

A sole proprietorship is a business owned by a single individual that isn't formally organized. If you run a business and file taxes under your own name, you are a sole proprietor.

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

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Step 1. Start With an Arkansas Assumed Name Search

Arkansas assumed names must be unique and must also meet Arkansas’s business name requirements.

First, visit the Arkansas Secretary of State's website and search for your new DBA name to make sure it isn’t already in use.

Next, review the Arkansas naming requirements. In Arkansas, assumed names should NOT include:

  • Words that could confuse your business with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.)
  • Words that imply that the company is organized for any unlawful purpose
  • Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) may require additional paperwork and a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of your business.

Need Help Choosing a DBA Name?

If you need help coming up with a DBA name, try our business name generator. You can use this tool to generate both business names and domain names.

We recommend checking if your name is available as a web domain (URL). You might not plan on starting a business website today, but you may want to prevent others from acquiring your URL.

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Step 2. Filing a DBA in Arkansas with the County Clerk

Sole proprietors are required to file an assumed name registration with the appropriate county clerk’s office(s) in order to operate under a DBA.

Sole proprietors and partnerships must file in any county where your business conducts or transacts business.

We will give you step-by-step directions to get a Pulaski County DBA. For directions in other counties, please contact your county clerk.

You can find your counties' contact information with the Arkansas State Association of Counties.

How to File a Pulaski County DBA

Before you start the DBA filing process, it is a good idea to search the Pulaski County assumed name database to make sure your name is unique.

Once you have selected your name, you will then complete the Assumed Name Certificate and submit it to the Pulaski County Clerk. The certificate can be submitted either by mail or in-person.

File a Pulaski County Assumed Name

File the Assumed Name Certificate by Mail or In-Person

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Cost:
$25 
filing fee

Filing Address:
Pulaski Circuit/County Clerk
401 W Markham St, Ste 100
Little Rock, AR 72201

Manage Your Pulaski County DBA

DBA Questions
Call (501) 340-8500 for general questions about assumed names.

Renew Your DBA
Your assumed name does not expire.

Change Your DBA
You will need to file a new assumed name registration to change your assumed name.

Filing a DBA in Arkansas for LLCs, Corporations, General Partnerships, and LLPs

The following types of businesses file their Application for Fictitious Name with the Arkansas Secretary of State:

  • For-profit Corporations, Nonprofit Corporations
  • Professional Corporations, Professional Associations
  • General Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Any Foreign Filing Entities

To file an Arkansas DBA for a sole proprietorship, go back to the county-level requirements.

Step 1. Do an Arkansas Business Entity Search

Arkansas assumed names must be unique and must also meet Arkansas’s business name requirements.

First, visit the Arkansas Secretary of State's website and search for your new DBA name to make sure it isn’t already in use.

Next, review the Arkansas naming requirements. In Arkansas, assumed names should NOT include:

  • Words that could confuse your business with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.)
  • Words that imply that the company is organized for any unlawful purpose
  • Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) may require additional paperwork and a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of your business.

Learn more about Arkansas naming guidelines by reading the state statutes related to naming corporations and LLCs.

Need Help Choosing a DBA Name?

If you need help coming up with a DBA name, try our business name generator. You can use this tool to generate both business names and domain names.

We recommend checking if your name is available as a web domain (URL). You might not plan on starting a business website today, but you may want to prevent others from acquiring your URL.

Find a Domain Now

Powered by GoDaddy.com

After registering a domain name, consider setting up a professional email account (@yourcompany.com). Google's G Suite offers a business email service that comes with other useful tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, and more. Try it for free

Step 2: Filing Your Arkansas Application for Fictitious Name

You are required to set up your DBA with the Arkansas Secretary of State if your business is NOT a sole proprietorship. You can file a hard copy or file online.

Unless your business’s registered office is in Pulaski County, you must submit a copy of the Application for Fictitious Name to the County Clerk in the county where your registered office is located.

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 (LLC), visit our How to Form an LLC page and select your state.

Submit Your Application for Fictitious Name

Option 1: File Online With Arkansas’s Corporations Online Filing System

File Online

- OR -

Option 2: File the Application for Fictitious Name by Mail or In-Person

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Cost:
Corporations and LLCs: $22.50 online, $25 by mail or in-person
All Partnerships: $13.50 online, $15 by mail or in-person

Filing Address:
Arkansas State Secretary of State
Business Services Division
1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72201

Manage Your Arkansas DBA

DBA Questions
Call the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Business and Commercial Services office: (501) 682-3409

Renew Your DBA with the State
Your fictitious name registration does not expire.

Change Your DBA
You must complete a new registration to change your fictitious name.

Withdraw Your DBA
To withdraw or cancel your fictitious name, you must complete and submit the Cancellation of Fictitious Name form and submit it by mail or in-person.

Need Help Filing Your Arkansas DBA?

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DBA Arkansas FAQ

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. Each one comes with additional incremental expenses and paperwork, meaning more is not necessarily better.

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 need one for your business, read our What is an EIN guide.

Can a DBA become an LLC?

No. An LLC is a business entity, while a DBA is just a name for a business.

Sole proprietorships are often confused with DBAs, but they are not the same: a sole proprietorship is a business entity, therefore it can choose to become an LLC.

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?

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

When would it be good to get a DBA versus a legal name change?

Getting a DBA is often a better choice than changing your business’s legal name. If you want to rebrand your company or focus on another line of business, filing for a DBA is a simpler process than filing for a legal name change.

Is my DBA protected from being used in other places?

Some state-level laws prevent DBAs that are too similar to existing ones from being used, but this varies from state to state. It is possible to trademark a DBA, which would offer stronger protection across state lines.

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