How to File a DBA in Nebraska

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

Follow our step-by-step How to Get a DBA in Nebraska 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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Getting a DBA in Nebraska is Easy

Step 1. Start with a Nebraska Trade Name Search

Nebraska trade names must be unique and must also meet Nebraska’s business name requirements.

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

Next, review the Nebraska naming requirements. In Nebraska, trade names should NOT include:

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp, etc., unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, 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.
  • Any words that imply that the company is organized for any unlawful purpose.
  • The word “geologist

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 Nebraska DBA

Your Nebraska trade name can be filed online or by mail with the Secretary of State. You can file online with the Secretary of State’s website or you can complete the hard copy Application for Registration of Trade Name.

The application asks you to provide information about your business, including:

  • Type of applicant (individual, corporation, LLC, etc.)
  • State under which laws the entity was formed (if not an individual)
  • Date of the name’s first usage in Nebraska
  • General nature of business

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 Nebraska Trade Name

Option 1: File Online With the Secretary of State’s Corporate Document eDelivery

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Option 2: File the Application for Registration of Trade Name by Mail

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Cost:
$100 Filing Fee

Mailing Address:
Secretary of State’s Office
Business Services Division (Corporations)
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509

Step 3. Publish Notice of Your Nebraska DBA

You must publish a legal notice of your trade name in a newspaper after your name is registered. The notice must be published by a newspaper that circulates in the city or village of the principal location of the business. If there is no newspaper in the city or village, you can use a newspaper in the county in which your business is located.

The notice of the trade name must include information exactly as it is stated on the application.

Manage Your Nebraska Trade Name

General Questions
Call the Nebraska Secretary of State: (402) 471-4079

Renew Your Trade Name With the State
Your Nebraska trade name expires 10 years after its registration date. You must call (402) 471-4079 to receive a renewal form. The fee is $100, and you cannot renew online.

Change Your Trade Name
You can change the owner’s name, address, and state of incorporation or organization by filing an Application to Amend Trade Name Registration. The fee is $10, and you can mail the completed form to the address below:

Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509

Withdraw Your Trade Name
You can withdraw your Nebraska trade name by filing a voluntary request for cancellation with the Secretary of State. Call (402) 471-4079 for more information.

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DBA Nebraska 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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