A popular naming tool for businesses is the DBA (short for “doing business as”). In most states, the business must register with the Secretary of State. However, Kansas does not require the registration of DBAs, assumed names, trade names, or similar filings.
As a result, if you’re a sole proprietorship (or similar entity) looking to declare a DBA, you will not need to file with the state. However, some counties may request the registration. We suggest you contact your local county clerk to find out if you need to register locally.
Even though you won’t need to register, you should consult the state’s guidelines for name availability. You should ensure that your DBA is compliant with regulations. The primary requirement in the state is that names are “distinguishable upon the record.” This standard is more liberal than most states; if there is at least one word of difference between your name and another, you can use the name. And often, the difference can be as simple as “9” and “Nine.”
Beyond that, you’re good to use your DBA in Kansas. If you’d like more information on business names in Kansas, you can consult the Kansas Business Center.