How to File a DBA in Missouri

Filing a Missouri fictitious name, also known as a Missouri DBA (doing business as), is an easy process that is achieved by filing the Missouri Registration of Fictitious Name form with the Secretary of State.

Follow our step-by-step How to Get a DBA in Missouri 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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Follow These Steps to File Your Missouri DBA

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Getting a DBA in Missouri is Easy

Step 1. Start with a Missouri Fictitious Name Search

First, visit the Missouri Secretary of State's Business Entity Search and search for your new DBA name to make sure it is unique. When you register your Missouri fictitious name, you are essentially letting other business owners know that the name is in use. Your fictitious name isn’t protected from being used by others.

Next, review the Missouri naming requirements. In Missouri, fictitious names 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.

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.

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. Register Your Missouri DBA

Your Missouri fictitious name can be filed online or by mail with the Secretary of State. You can file online with the Missouri Corporations Online Portal, or you can complete the Registration of Fictitious Name form.

The following information is needed on the form:

Type of filing (registration, renewal, amendment, correction)
Name being registered
Owners’ names and addresses
Owners’ charter number (if a business entity)

A DBA does not offer any legal 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.

File a Missouri Fictitious Name

Option 1: File Online With the Missouri Corporations Online Portal

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Option 2: File the Registration of Fictitious Name by Mail or In-Person

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Cost:
$7 Filing Fee

Office Address:
Corporations Division
600 W. Main St., Rm. 322
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Mailing Address:
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Manage Your Missouri Fictitious Name

General Questions
Call the Missouri Secretary of State: (866) 223-6535

Renew Your Fictitious Name With the State
Your Missouri fictitious name expires five years after its registration date. You can renew online, or by completing and returning the Registration of Fictitious Name form with the “Renewal” box checked. The renewal fee is $7.

Mail the completed form to the address below:
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Or, drop off the form in-person at the office address below:
Corporations Division
600 W. Main St., Rm. 322
Jefferson City, MO 65102


Change Your Fictitious Name
You can make address changes to your fictitious name registration online or by filling out this Registration of Fictitious Name form with the “Amendment” box checked. The fee is $7. You cannot make changes to the name itself or ownership without filing for new registration.

Mail the completed form to the address below:
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Or, drop off the form in-person at the office address below:
Corporations Division
600 W. Main St., Rm. 322
Jefferson City, MO 65102


Withdraw Your Fictitious Name
You can cancel your Missouri fictitious name online or by filling out the Cancellation of Registration of Fictitious Name form. There is no fee for canceling your Missouri fictitious name.

Mail the completed form to the address below:
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Or, drop off the form in-person at the office address below:
Corporations Division
600 W. Main St., Rm. 322
Jefferson City, MO 65102

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DBA Missouri 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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