How to File a DBA in Indiana

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

Follow our step-by-step How to Get a DBA in Indiana guide to get started today.

Important: A DBA is only 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.

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How to Use This Guide

First, Choose Your Indiana Business Type:

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

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

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Filing a DBA in Indiana for Sole Proprietors and General Partnerships

General partnerships and sole proprietorships are required to file their Indiana DBA with the County Recorder in the county that their business is located. Estates and real estate investment companies are also required to file with the county.

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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To create a DBA for an LLC or Corporation, you can click here to skip ahead.

Step 1. Start With an Indiana Assumed Business Name Search

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

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

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

  • Words that could confuse your business with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.)
  • The word “bank” or any variation without approval from the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions.
  • The word “medical” unless the company is a professional corporation in which all shareholders are licensed physicians.

Need Help Creating a Brand Name and Logo?

If you need help coming up with a DBA name, try our business name generator. Then, create a unique logo for your brand with our free logo generator.

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 Indiana with the County Recorder

Sole proprietors and partnerships are required to file a Certificate of Assumed Business Name with the appropriate county recorder 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 Marion County DBA (Indianapolis). For directions in other counties, please contact your county recorder.

You can find each counties' contact information from the Indiana Secretary of State's list of county recorders.

How to File a Marion County DBA

Before you start the DBA filing process, it is a good idea to search the county assumed business name records in the county office.

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

File Your Marion County Assumed Name

File the Certificate of Assumed Business Name by Mail or In-Person

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Cost:
$35 
Filing Fee

Filing Address:
Marion County Recorder’s Office
200 E. Washington Street
Suite T-741
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Note:
Marion County also accepts electronic document filing through several third-party services.

Manage Your Marion County DBA

DBA Questions
Call (317) 327-4020 to reach the Marion County Recorder’s Office.

Renew Your DBA
Your assumed name does not expire.

Withdraw Your DBA
File the Dissolution of Doing Business As (DBA) form with the Marion County Recorder’s Office. This form must be notarized.

Filing a DBA in Indiana for LLCs, Corporations, and LLPs

Incorporated businesses file their Certificate of Assumed Business Name with the Indiana Secretary of State.

The following business types are considered incorporated:

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

To file an Indiana DBA for a sole proprietorship or general partnership, go back to the county-level requirements.

Step 1. Do an Indiana Business Entity Search

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

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

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

  • Your name cannot include words that could confuse your business with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.)
  • The word “bank” or any variation without approval from the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions.
  • The word “medical” unless the company is a professional corporation in which all shareholders are licensed physicians.

You can also read the Indiana state statutes that cover LLC and corporation naming guidelines for more information.

Need Help Creating a Brand Name and Logo?

If you need help coming up with a DBA name, try our business name generator. Then, create a unique logo for your brand with our free logo generator.

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 Indiana Certificate of Assumed Business Name

You are required to set up your DBA with the Secretary of State if your business is incorporated. The Certificate of Assumed Business Name can be filed online or with a hard copy by mail or in-person. The form will ask for your new DBA name and information about your business.

File Your Indiana Assumed Name

Option 1: File Online With INBiz

File Online

- OR -

Option 2: File the Certificate of Assumed Business Name (Form 30353) by Mail or In-Person

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Cost:
$30 ($20 online) filing fee for LLCs, for-profit corporations, LPs, and LLPs
$26 ($10 online) filing fee for nonprofit corporations

Filing Address:
Indiana Secretary of State
Business Services Division
302 West Washington St. Room E018
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Manage Your Indiana DBA

DBA Questions
Call the Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division: (317) 232-6576

Renew Your DBA with the State
Your assumed name does not expire.

Change Your DBA
To make changes to your Certificate of Assumed Name, you must complete and re-submit the Certification of Assumed Business Name form.

Withdraw Your DBA
You can withdraw or cancel your DBA online or by completing the Cancellation of Assumed Business Name form. There is no filing fee.

After Filing Your Indiana DBA

If filing a DBA marks the beginning of your business journey, then there are a few more steps that you should take before getting started:

  • Create your Business’s Website - Every business needs a website. Luckily, drag-and-drop builders like GoDaddy and Wix make the job quick and easy. Check out our Best Website Builder article to find the tool that’s best for you.
  • Get your Business Finances in Order - You’ll need to separate your business finances from your personal ones. This is accomplished by opening a business bank account. If your business has long lead times or other cash flow irregularities, you can also look into a business credit card.
  • Protect Your Business - While an LLC will help to protect your personal assets in the case of a lawsuit, your business’s assets also need protection. Having the right business insurance will ensure that you’re covered if the worst happens. Most businesses start with general liability insurance as their base coverage.

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DBA Indiana 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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