A Certificate of Assumed name is the form used for an organization to conduct their business under a different name. Depending on the scope where business will be conducted, this form can usually be filed with either the county or State.

Another term commonly used is DBA, or Doing Business As. I had a small computer business in San Diego called Pentagraphics years ago. In order to get a business bank account and the tax forms, I needed to get my DBA Certificate filed. I filled out a few forms and checked if my business name had been already taken. I then paid a few bucks and walked out with my DBA cert. When you file a DBA certificate, you have to have it circulated in a newspaper. Most cities have a small newspaper that you pay $20 or so to advertise your legal notice. After that, I filed my tax certificate under my new business name and opened up a new bank account. It was a tidy little side business, building up 286 computers and the new 386 systems.

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