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Wyoming DBA / Trade Name Registration In 4 Easy Steps

Wyoming DBA / Trade Name Registration In 4 Easy Steps

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Wyoming DBA / Trade Name Registration In 4 Easy Steps

In Wyoming, a business operating under a fictitious name may want to register for a business name that is different from the legal name of the business. This name is commonly referred to as a Wyoming DBA, “Doing Business As. or Assumed Name, but is officially called a Wyoming Trade Name.

Learn who needs one, how to register, the costs, and more!

Related: How to start a business in Wyoming

Who Needs to Register for a Wyoming Trade Name?

Sole proprietorships and general partnerships are the most common business structures to register for a Trade Name. By default, the name of a sole proprietorship and general partnership is the owner(s) legal name. But, unlike most states, it is optional for a Wyoming business to register for a Trade Name1. For example, if John Smith starts a business repairing computers operating under John Smith, he doesn’t need to register for a Wyoming Trade Name.  If John decides to name his business John’s Computer Repair or even John Smith’s Computer Repair, he will need to register for a Wyoming Trade Name.

Even though name registration is optional in Wyoming for a sole proprietor or partnership, it’s commonly needed, as some vendors and banks will require this registration to provide proof of business ownership.

Related: How to start a Wyoming sole proprietorship

Corporations and Limited Liability Companies won’t typically register for a Wyoming Trade Name since a unique entity name is created during the entity formation process. However, some will want to register for a Trade Name 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 corporation or Limited Liability Company without having to form another entity.

Steps to Register for a Wyoming Trade Name

Step 1: Verify Name Availability

A business may not register a name that is the same or similar to another business in Wyoming.

Trade Names also can’t be registered using words that are related to banking or insurance unless the business is licensed to provide those services.

Names can be searched on the Secretary of State’s website.  Learn how to do a business name search in Wyoming.

Step 2: Fill out the Form

The Application for Registration of Trade Name form is available from the Wyoming Secretary of State. The information needed on the form includes:

  • Trade Name to be registered
  • Name of the applicant
  • Business address
  • Mailing address
  • Type of business entity
  • What the business does
  • Date the name was first in use. The name has to be used in commerce before applying for a Trade Name
  • Date and signature of the applicant

Step 3: Notarize the Form

Before signing the form, be sure to have a notary witness the signing of the documents.  Most County Clerk’s offices offer notary services at no cost.

Step 4: Submit the Form

Submit the filing fee and form by mail to:

Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

If you have questions about the process, you can contact the Wyoming Secretary of State at 307-777-7311 or business@wyo.gov.

Wyoming DBA Trade Name Registration Form
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.

Protecting your Business Name

While registering your Trade Name will keep someone else from registering the exact business name in Wyoming, it does very little for someone else 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 trademark.

Related: How to protect your name through a trademark

Wyoming Trade Name FAQs

How much does a Trade Name cost in Wyoming?

The filing fee to register a Trade Name in Wyoming is $100, payable to the Wyoming Secretary of State.  The Trade Name registration is good for ten years and is renewable. The renewal fee is $50.

How long does it take to get a Wyoming DBA?

The time for the Wyoming Secretary of State to process a Trade Name application is up to 15 business days.

Does a Wyoming Trade Name need an EIN?

An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a unique nine-digit number that some businesses will register for through the Internal Revenue Service (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 a Wyoming EIN

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

In addition to the Wyoming Trade Name registration, most businesses will also need business licensing. The licenses a business will need vary depending on its activities and local registration requirements.

Related: What business licenses are needed in Wyoming?

Sources

  1. Wyoming Statute 40-2-101 – 109 ↩︎

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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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Wyoming DBA / Trade Name Registration In 4 Easy Steps

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