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If you run a business in Missouri and you transact business in the state under a name other than the name you have registered with the Secretary of State, you could be committing a crime if you have not taken the time to file a Fictitious Name Registration on behalf of the original entity.

Filing a Fictitious Name Registration does not give you the exclusive right to use that fictitious name, but it can keep you from violating the law. Once the d/b/a is legal, you should be able to conduct any business under that name, including opening a bank account, conducting business, and legally publishing under your d/b/a name.

A Missouri DBA registration form must be filled out and notarized before filing. Registration is good for five years and may be renewed. If you are operating under a fictitious name and have not yet registered it with the state, you are subject to legal penalties.

Contact The Law Store today to help securely register your business’s fictitious name for $49. www.thelawstore.com