If you’re interested in creating a DBA name for your Wyoming business, then use our step-by-step guide. While we don’t currently offer DBA registration services in Wyoming, we can help you with starting a business. Get started below.
If you own a business and would like to use a different name than your legal business name in the state of Wyoming, you will need to register a DBA name. Also called an assumed name, fictitious business name, or trade name, DBA names are typically used when you want to use multiple names for one business, or if you are a sole proprietor wanting to be recognized as something other than your legal name.
Although we don’t currently offer DBA registration in Wyoming, this guide will cover the basics of what a DBA name is as well as the rules for choosing, registering, and maintaining one in the Equality State.
“Doing business as” refers to a company operating under a different name than its legal name. DBA names are used across the nation, but there are differences from state to state. A DBA name might also be referred to as a “fictitious name,” “assumed name,” or something similar. In Wyoming, a DBA name is known as a “trade name.”
In some states, you must have a DBA name to enact business. The mandate may just be at the state level or a requirement at the county or city level. In Wyoming, it is not necessary to have a DBA name to register and operate a business.
Even so, many businesses see an advantage in having a Wyoming DBA name. For example, a sole proprietorship might want to operate under a name other than the owner’s name. On the other hand, a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) might require a DBA name to identify a new line of business for the company or drop the official suffix from their operating name (“LLC,” “Corp.,” “Inc.,” etc.).
Other advantages in having a Wyoming DBA name include:
It should be noted that a Wyoming DBA name is essentially an alias for your business. It does not affect your tax status at the federal and state levels. These are determined by the type of business entity you have.
Read the following to discover how to choose your Wyoming DBA name, register it, and manage related compliance issues.
You register your Wyoming DBA name by downloading and filling out the appropriate form and mailing it to the Wyoming Secretary of State. Note that there is not an online filing option.
The trade name form instructions point out that the applicant must:
The “Application for Registration of Trade Name” needs to include:
Once a Wyoming DBA name registration is submitted, the typical processing time for a trade name application is three to five business days. There is no provision for expedited processing. Applications are processed in the order they are received.
When choosing a Wyoming DBA name, it’s a good idea to pick one that:
A trade name can’t be registered with the Wyoming Secretary of State if it “is the same as, or deceptively similar to, a trademark or service mark registered in this state, or is not distinguishable from the names of other business entities.” It also cannot contain any word or phrase that indicates it is engaged in the business of banking or insurance unless it is and complies with various state regulations.
You can reserve a trade name for 120 days in Wyoming by filling out the appropriate form and submitting it with a check or money order to the Secretary of State’s office in Cheyenne.
In today’s competitive landscape, it’s fast becoming a necessity to have a strong e-commerce site with an easy-to-remember domain name that reflects the nature of your business. You should reserve your domain name early to prevent a competitor from securing it before you.
Once registered, a Wyoming DBA name needs to be renewed every 10 years, filling in and mailing back the appropriate form, certifying that your trade name is still in use, accompanied by a $50 fee. The renewal cannot be submitted more than six months before the trade name expiration.
Canceling a trade name requires a $10 filing fee and the appropriate signed form, indicating the name to be canceled and the original date of registration. To transfer the Wyoming DBA name to someone else requires filing out the appropriate form and returning it with a $25 fee. The form should include the names and business addresses of the assignor and assignee, the trade name registration number, and the assignor’s signature.
While we don’t currently support DBA registration in Wyoming, we can help you create one in states we do support, including: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas and Utah. We can make creating a DBA name in another state simple.
The content on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
Fees are subject to change over time. Check the Secretary of State’s website for the most current fee schedule regarding DBA registration and renewal.
Processing time for Wyoming trade name registrations, renewals, cancellations, and assignments is three to five business days. There is no expedited processing option available. Forms are processed in the order they are received.
Wyoming doesn’t require that you have a DBA name for your business. However, many businesses find it a good idea to have a DBA name. For example, it allows LLCs to use an operating name for their business other than their own or drop “LLC” (or an equivalent official suffix) from their working name. Or a corporation might want to have trade names for different lines of business.
A DBA name cannot be registered in Wyoming if it “is the same as, or deceptively similar to, a trademark or service mark registered in this state, or is not distinguishable from the names of other business entities.” Also, a DBA name does not override an existing trademark, so to protect your brand going forward, it is a good idea to trademark your name.
Yes, a Wyoming business can have multiple DBA names. This might be used to differentiate different parts of a company’s business. For example, a wedding photographer who also does video shoots of kids’ parties might have two distinct DBA names: “Wedding Shoots by Phil” and “Kids Party Video Mania by Phil.”
In some states, a DBA name and “fictitious business name” can be used interchangeably. In Wyoming, foreign (out-of-state) corporations and LLCs looking to do business in the state need to apply for a fictitious name if their real one is unavailable for use in the state. The DBA name for a domestic business is known as a trade name.
If you’re a sole proprietorship, you’re not allowed to conduct business under any name other than your legal name without the special authorization of a registered Wyoming DBA name.
A DBA name for your business is essentially a legal alias you operate under. It does not establish a new business entity; therefore, it doesn’t have any tax implications for your company at the federal or state level. You are taxed according to the business entity you are (corporation, partnership, LLC, etc.).
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