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New Hampshire DBA / Trade Name In 3 Easy Steps

New Hampshire DBA / Trade Name In 3 Easy Steps

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New Hampshire DBA / Trade Name In 3 Easy Steps

A Trade Name, also known as a DBA or “Doing Business As,” “Assumed Name,” or “Fictitious Name,” is a name used by a business that is different from the legal name of the business.

When a business wants to operate under a name other than its legal name, the state of New Hampshire, like most states, requires the business to register its business name.  The registration requirement was designed to protect consumers from business owners hiding anonymously behind the name of a business.

Related: How to start a business in New Hampshire

Who needs to register for a New Hampshire Trade Name?

The requirements and need to register for a Trade Name vary depending on the type of business entity.

Sole proprietorships and general partnerships are the most common business structures to register for a New Hampshire DBA. By default, the name of a sole proprietorship and general partnership is the owner(s) legal name, but if the small business owner wants to operate under a specific name, they will need to complete the Trade Name registration.

For example, if John Walker starts a New Hampshire business repairing computers but doesn’t use a business name, he doesn’t have to register.  If John decides to name his business John’s Computer Repair, then he will need to register.

Related: How to start a sole proprietorship in New Hampshire

Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Partnerships won’t typically register for a New Hampshire 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 a New Hampshire corporation or Limited Liability Company without having to form another entity

Steps to Register a New Hampshire Trade Name?

Step 1: Verify Name Availability

Every business name registration must be unique and not too similar to any other names on record. To see if your name is available, do a New Hampshire business search on the New Hampshire Department of State’s business name database.

Step 2: Fill out the Trade Name Form

You can fill out the online form or download the mail-in form (TN-1)

Information needed on the form includes:

  • Business name
  • Principal office address
  • Description of the business
  • Date the business was organized
  • Name and address of the applicant

Step 3: Submit the Application for Registration of Trade Name Form

File the form along with the filing fee online, or mail it to:

New Hampshire Department of State, Corporation Division,
107 N Main St, Rm 204
Concord, NH 03301-4989

If you have questions about the process, you can contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State at corporate@sos.nh.gov or 603-271-3246.

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.

New Hampshire DBA FAQs

How much does a New Hampshire Trade Name cost?

The filing fee to register a Trade Name in New Hampshire is $50.

Trade names need to be renewed every five years.

After registering the Trade Name, can someone use my business name?

While registering your Trade Name will keep someone else from registering the exact same name in the state of New Hampshire, it does very little to stop someone else from operating that business name in other states. If stopping others from using your business name is important, you can protect it through a trademark.

Related: How to trademark a business name

What is the difference between a New Hampshire Trade Name and a business license?

These are actually two different business registrations. In addition to the New Hampshire Trade Name registration, most businesses will also need a business license. The licenses a business will need vary depending on what the business does and local registration requirements.

Related: What business licenses are needed in New Hampshire?

Does a Trade Name need an EIN?

An EIN or Employer Identification Number (also informally referred to as a 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 New Hampshire

Are there any naming restrictions when filing a Trade Name?

A Trade Name can’t use a business entity suffix that is different from the type of business entity. For example, a sole proprietorship can’t use LLC or corporation in its name.

Words that infer a financial institution, such as “bank,” “banker,: “savings and loan,” “credit union” or other similar words, are restricted. 

Additionally, a Trade Name can’t include terms such as a political party or farmers’ market unless the entity has prior approval.

New Hampshire DBA / Trade Name In 3 Easy Steps

New Hampshire DBA / Trade Name In 3 Easy Steps

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