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Alaska DBA Registration In 4 Easy Steps

Alaska DBA Registration In 4 Easy Steps

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Alaska DBA Registration In 4 Easy Steps

If you’re planning to start a business in Alaska using a specific name, you may need to register for a business name. Business name registration is commonly referred to as an Alaska DBA or “Doing Business As.”

To see if you need to register for an Alaska DBA and steps on how to register, check out our guide.

Related: How to start a business in Alaska

Who needs to register for an Alaska DBA?

When a business wants to operate under a name other than its legal name, many states require the business to register its new business name, but it is optional in Alaska. Even though it’s optional, here are some reasons to consider registering.

Sole proprietorships and partnerships are the most common entity to register a DBA. The legal name of a sole proprietor or partnership can be the owner’s full first and last name, which doesn’t need to be registered. That works for many self-employed business owners, however many businesses want to operate under a distinct and brandable business name.

Other reasons a sole proprietorship or partnership will want to register:

  • Proves the business exists.
  • No other business can register the same name in Alaska.
  • Banks, merchant processors, and vendors may require one.

Related: How to form a sole proprietorship in Alaska

A corporation and Limited Liability Company won’t typically register for an Alaska DBA since a unique entity name is created during the entity formation process. However, some will want to register for a DBA if they have another business or brand name they want to operate in addition to the legal name of the business. This can allow multiple businesses to operate with the liability protection of an Alaska corporation or Limited Liability Company without having to form another entity.

Steps to Register an Alaska DBA

Step 1: Register for a business license

Before registering a business name in Alaska for a sole proprietorship or partnership, a business license is required.

See how to register for an Alaska business license

Step 2: Check for name availability

Before you move forward with the DBA filing process, you need to make sure that your business name is available. Conduct a name search on the Alaska Department of Commerce website to see whether another business is using your name.

See how to do a business name search in Alaska

In addition to this search, you will also want to search other records such as an internet search, business license records, professional license records, phonebooks, etc.

Step 3: Fill out the Business Name Registration form

Download the application (Form 08-557) or fill it out online.

Information needed on the form includes:

  • Requested business name
  • Business license number
  • Type of business entity (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC)
  • Business street and mailing address
  • Name & address of the business owner(s)
  • Business description

Step 4: Submit the application and filing fee

If filing online, pay, and submit the application. If mailing, send the form and fee to:

Corporations Section
Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing
Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
P.O. Box 110808
Juneau, AK 99811-0808

If you would prefer to have a someone else research DBA name availability and file the required forms, Bizee and LegalZoom offer a DBA registration service for $99, plus state fees.

Alaska DBA FAQs

How much does an Alaska DBA cost?

The filing fee for a DBA is $25.00 paid to the Division of Corporations.

The DBA is renewed every five years.

Are there any naming restrictions when filing an Alaska DBA?

There are a few restrictions when registering a fictitious name in Alaska.

– Registered entity designator – The words “incorporation,” “corporation,” “Inc.,” “LLC,” “Limited Liability Company,” “Ltd.,” “Co.,” “Limited Partnership,” “Limited Liability Partnership,” “LLP” or any other entity identifier cannot be used.

– Government affiliated words – Words such as “city,” “township,” “village,” “borough,” or other words that may indicate affiliation with the government may not be used.

– Vulgar or obscene words – No wording in a business name can be used that is considered vulgar or obscene.

– Distinguishable – Each registered business name has to be distinguishable from other names on record. Alaska Regulation 3 AAC 16.120(a)(1) defines what makes a business name distinguishable. Some common elements that don’t make a name distinguishable include:

Punctuation
– Capitalization
– Spacing of words
– Spelling a number versus the number itself
– Words such as “a,” “an,” “the,” “by,” “to,” “for,” “with”…

Can someone use my business name after registering an Alaska DBA?

While registering your Trade Name will keep someone else from registering the exact same name in Alaska, it does very little to stop someone else from operating a business under that name in other states.

If stopping others from using your business name is important, you can protect it through a federal trademark through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Learn more about trademarking a business name.

Does a DBA need an EIN?

An EIN or Employer Identification Number (also informally called a business tax ID number) is a unique nine-digit number that some businesses will register for through the Internal Revenue Department (IRS). An EIN is required for partnerships, corporations, multi-member LLCs, or any business that has employees.

Sole proprietorships and single-member LLCs without employees can use the owner’s social security number to identify the business.

There is no cost to get an EIN when registering directly from the IRS.

Related: How to register for an EIN in Alaska

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  • Greg Bouhl

    With over two decades as an entrepreneur, educator, and business advisor, Greg Bouhl has worked with over 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses. Fed up with clients finding and acting on inaccurate and outdated information online, Greg launched StartUp101.com to be a trusted resource for people starting a business.

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Alaska DBA Registration In 4 Easy Steps

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