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An assumed business name is a Montana DBA (doing business as). Montana assumed business name registration permits a company to operate under a name other than its legal name.

Your personal assets will not be protected if you register a DBA in Montana. Forming a formal company structure, such as an LLC or corporation, can provide you with liability protection as well as a business name.

In Montana, you may register an assumed business name.

It is simple to register a Montana assumed business name, often known as a DBA.

A DBA is solely used for branding purposes. A DBA does not safeguard your personal assets in the event that your company is sued. As a result, we highly advise that a DBA be utilised exclusively by a formal company structure such as an LLC or corporation to add new brands to an existing firm.

If you operate an informal company (sole proprietorship or partnership), we highly advise you to create an LLC to keep your business and personal assets distinct. The name of the LLC might be chosen to serve as the business’s brand name.

Learn How to File a DBA in Montana in Two Easy Steps:

Begin by doing a Montana Assumed Business Name Search.

Register Your Montana Business Name

A DBA is solely used for branding purposes. To keep your company and personal assets distinct, we propose incorporating an LLC.

Step 1: Conduct a search for Montana Assumed Business Names.

Montana assumed business names must be distinct and comply with Montana’s company name standards.

To begin, go to the Montana Secretary of State’s Business Search Website and check to see whether your new DBA name is already in use

Review the Montana naming criteria next. In Montana, assumed business names shall NOT contain the following words:

Unless the company is genuinely an LLC, corporation, or etc., any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp, etc.

Any phrase used to describe a financial institution, such as “bank,” “banc,” “banco,” “banque,” “banker,” “trust business,” “savings and loan association,” “savings bank,” “credit union,” or other similar names.

Words implying that the firm is established for an illegal purpose.

Step 2: Create Your Montana DBA.

The Secretary of State’s ePass website allows you to submit your Montana assumed business name online.

The following information is included on the form:

Description of the company

Applicant classification (LLC, sole proprietorship, corporation, etc.)

Phone number and mailing address

A DBA does not provide legal protection for your personal assets if your company is sued. Visit our How to Form an LLC page and choose your state for additional information on forming a limited liability corporation.

Manage Your Assumed Montana Business Name

General Concerns

Call the Montana Secretary of State’s office at 406-444-2034.

You must renew your assumed business name with the state.

Every five years, your Montana DBA should be renewed. The renewal charge is $20, and you may finish the procedure online.

Change Your Assumed Company Name

You may change your registered assumed business name online. The cost is $20.

Remove Your Assumed Business Name

You may cancel your assumed Montana business name online. There are no cancellation penalties.