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Why Are These Licenses Legally Required

Why Are These Licenses Legally Required

A Free DBA Filing is the same as a Free fictitious firm name filing which is the same as a trade name.

It is the name of the business when officially registered with the government.

For example, you do business as a sole proprietor using the business name "National Remodeling Company".

The business name is called a fictitious firm name (as in Nevada).

In other states, it goes by a fictitious business name, as in California, and assumed business name in Texas or Business Name Certificate in New York etc.

It is also known as Doing Business As ( DBA ) because a business is doing business as a certain name as in the example above.

The point is that it has to be registered with a DBA certificate and in some cases also be published in a legal newspaper and a proof of publication obtained.

You can obtain it here online.

Business License:

One reason the government wants you to obtain a business license is a general small business tax ( $10 to $50 or more annual, usually, flat tax) they impose on you. Another is the regulations the subject you too. For example, no commercial signs showing from your residential home business, etc.

All businesses are legally required to get one because either the state, county or city will not let you legally start before you register with them, follow their rules and pay them a small BUSINESS tax ( as opposed to gross INCOME tax or NET INCOME tax, SALES tax, EMPLOYMENT tax, or FEDERAL income tax).

Note that a corporation, a LLC, or a DBA, Seller's Permit, State or Federal Tax ID Number, is NOT a business license -- this is a required business registration separate from the others.

Seller's Permit.. Legally required to buy or sell wholesale and sell retail.

Federal Tax ID

To use as a business tax ID, to Report Fed Employment Taxes, to open a business bank account, to identify a partnership, to work for companies as an independent contractor, etc.

DBA Trade Name Registration.

Legally required to register your business name, open a business bank account, advertise in the company name, protect it from others etc.

State Employer Tax ID

To report and pay employment state taxes.

LLC agreement

Free if you purchase the LLC filing. Required to open a bank account. In addition to the LLC registration certificate, you will need this to open a business bank account because it is the only document that state who owns what in the LLC.


Incorporation is not legally required but recommended to save on taxes and protect your personal assets.

Business Name Search

Required if you want to make sure no one locally or nationally has or uses your company name.