As an LLC in Washington, you may want to conduct business under a name that is different from your LLC’s legal name. This is known as doing business as (DBA) or a trade name. Adding a DBA to your LLC allows you to create a separate brand identity for your business, which can be helpful for marketing and branding purposes. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps for adding a DBA to your LLC in Washington and explain what you need to do to update the public record of your LLC’s trade name.
To add a DBA (doing business as) to an LLC in Washington, you’ll need to file a trade name registration with the Washington Secretary of State. A trade name is a name that your LLC uses to conduct business that is different from its legal name. Here are the steps to add a DBA to your LLC in Washington:
- Choose a trade name: Choose a trade name that is not already in use by another business in Washington and that is distinguishable from your LLC’s legal name. You can check the availability of a trade name by searching the Washington Secretary of State’s business name database.
- File a trade name registration: To register your trade name in Washington, you’ll need to file a trade name registration form with the Washington Secretary of State. You can do this online or by mail. The trade name registration form must include your LLC’s legal name and the trade name you wish to use.
Use the trade name: Once you have registered your trade name, you can start using it to conduct business. Be sure to use the trade name consistently and prominently in all of your business communications, including on your website, business cards, and marketing materials.