How to File a DBA in Wyoming

Wyoming DBA (doing business as) is called a trade name. Wyoming trade 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 Trade Name in Wyoming

Registering a Wyoming trade name, also known as a DBA, is easy!

Learn How to File a DBA in Wyoming yourself in 2 steps:

  1. Start with a Wyoming Trade Name Search
  2. Register Your Wyoming 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 Wyoming Trade Name Search

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

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

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

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp, etc., unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, etc.
  • The words (or words of similar meaning) bank, banker, banc, bancorp, bancorporation, banque, banquers, banco, banca, trust without approval from the state Division of Banking.
  • The words academy, college, educate, education, educational, institute, institution, school, or university without approval from the state Department of Education.

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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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 Wyoming DBA

Note that your trade name must be in use before you register it. If you would like to reserve your trade name before registering it, you can do so for up to 120 days by submitting an Application for Reservation of Trade Name.

Your Wyoming trade name registration can be filed by mail with the Secretary of State with the Application for Registration of Trade Name.

Some important sections of the form include:

  • Section 1: Trade name being registered
  • Section 7: Description of the business
  • Section 8: Date the trade name was first used in Wyoming

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 Wyoming Trade Name

File the Application for Registration of Trade Name by Mail

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Cost:
$100 Filing Fee

Mailing Address:
Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

Manage Your Wyoming Trade Name

General Questions
Call the Wyoming Secretary of State: (307) 777-7311

Renew Your Trade Name With the State
Your Wyoming DBA needs to be renewed every ten years. The renewal fee is $50. Complete the Application for Renewal of Trade Name Registration and mail it to the address below:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

Change Your Trade Name
You need to complete a new registration to change your trade name.

Withdraw Your Trade Name
To cancel your trade name, complete the Cancellation of Trade Name form. Mail the form and the $10 cancellation fee to the address below:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

After Filing Your Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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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