How to File a DBA in Utah

A Utah DBA (doing business as) is called an assumed name. Utah assumed name registration allows a business to operate under a name that’s different from its legal name.

DBA registration won’t protect your personal assets like forming an LLC or corporation will. Learn why in our DBA vs LLC guide.

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Register a DBA in Utah

Registering a Utah assumed name, also known as a DBA, is easy!

Learn How to File a DBA in Utah yourself in two steps:

  1. Start with a Utah Assumed Name Search
  2. Register Your Utah DBA

Note: A DBA is only used for branding. We recommend forming an LLC to separate your business and personal assets.

Step 1. Start with a Utah Assumed Name Search

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

First, visit the Utah Business Search website and search for your new DBA name to make sure it isn’t already in use.

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

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp, etc., unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, etc.
  • The following words: Bank, Banker, Banking, Banc, Banque, Banco, Bancorp, Bancorporation, Bankcard, Bancard, Savings Association, Building Association, Savings and Loan Assoc., Building and Loan Assoc., Savings Bank, Industrial Loan Corp., ILC, Thrift, Credit Union, Trust, Trustee, Trust Company, ESCROW, escrow.
  • Any words that suggest in any way that the business is an agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions.

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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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.

Step 2. Register Your Utah DBA

Your Utah assumed name can be filed online or by mail with the Secretary of State. You can file online with the State of Utah's website or you can complete the Business Name Registration/DBA Application.

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

  • Business purpose
  • Registered agent’s name and address
  • Owner’s name and address
  • Owner’s entity number (if a registered business)

For more information Utah provides application instructions.

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 Utah Assumed Name

Option 1: File Online With the Utah Department of Commerce

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Option 2: File the Business Name Registration / DBA Application by Mail or In-Person

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Cost:
$22 Filing Fee

Office Address:
Heber M. Wells Building
160 E 300 S, 1st Floor
Salt Lake City Utah 84111

Mailing Address:
Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
P.O. Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

Manage Your Utah Assumed Name

General Questions
Call the Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Corporations and Commercial Code: (801) 530-4849 or (877) 526-3994

Renew Your Assumed Name With the State
Your Utah DBA should be renewed every three years. It can be done online or by filling out the Annual Report / Renewal Form. The renewal fee for a DBA is $27. If filing by mail, send to the address below:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
P.O. Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

Change Your Assumed Name
You can make changes to your DBA online or by filling out the Doing Business As (DBA) Registration Information Change Form. The filing fee is $15. If filing by mail, send to the address below:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
P.O. Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

Withdraw Your Assumed Name
To cancel your assumed name, complete the Letter of the Cancellation Form. Mail the completed form to the address below:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
P.O. Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

After Filing Your Utah 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 Utah 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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