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Fictitious Business Name

Also commonly referred to as DBA (doing business as), a fictitious business name, or FBN, is a name used by businesses who want to operate under a different name than what they are legally registered as. They are typically used by individuals (sole proprietors). However, a fictitious business name can be used in the instance of a partnership or a corporation. Whether or not you need to file for a fictitious name certificate depends on your location and how to do so varies by state.