How to File a DBA in Montana

by Michael Keenan
Montana's Secretary of State registers DBAs.

Montana's Secretary of State registers DBAs.

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DBA in a business context stands for "doing business as." Having a DBA for your business allows you to use a name other than your own full legal name for your company. For example, if you wanted to call your gas station "Super Fill-Ups," you would have to register the DBA because it's not your name. In Montana, DBAs are referred to as "assumed business names." Registering your name establishes your rights to use the name.

Step 1

Search the Montana Business Entity Search to make sure that no one else has already registered the name you want. Go to the Montana Secretary of State website, click on "Business Services," and then select "Business Name" under the "Search" category. When searching, spell out any numbers and use "and" instead of "&." Also, do not include any other symbols, even if they are in the name. For example, if you want to search for "A+ Tutoring," type in "A Tutoring."

Step 2

Download the Montana Assumed Business Name Application form from the Montana Secretary of State website. Click on "Business" under "Forms," and then click the "Assumed Business Names" link, which takes you down the page to the "Assumed Business Names" category. Click the "Application for Registration" link to download the form.

Step 3

Complete the Montana Assumed Business Name Application. The application requires the assumed business name, the type of business that will be using the name, the date the name was first used, the person who is applying for the name, and the contact information for the applicant. You must also sign and date the application.

Step 4

Mail the Assumed Business Name Application along with the registration fee to the Montana Secretary of State, P.O. Box 202801, Helena, MT 59620-2801. If you need the application expedited, you can pay an additional fee to receive an answer in one day or even one hour.