D.B.A. Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of D.B.A., written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is D.B.A.?

n. Abbreviation for “doing business as.” Utilized when a business name is used by a person or entity instead of their own. The public can learn the real person or entity that is behind a business name through the state requirement to file certificates of “doing business under a fictitious name” either with the County Clerk, the state Secretary of State, or another official.

However, if the business includes the name of the true owner which isn’t easily confused with the use of a corporate name then it is not necessary to file the certificate.