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Doing business as (DBA) definition

What is the definition of "doing business as (DBA)"? 
"Doing business as," or DBA, is when a corporation operates a business under a name that is different from the incorporated name on file with the state in which it is domiciled. The reason for identifying a DBA is to ensure that business owners can be identified and held accountable as necessary.

The majority of states require a business with a DBA name to be registered, but the law does vary from state to state. 
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