Assumed Names / Doing Business As

A DBA (Doing Business as Assumed) is required for all sole proprietorships or co-partnerships doing business in Dickinson County.  All DBAs are filed with the County Clerk and are valid for 5 years.  All corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships are filed with the State of Michigan. 

A DBA on file safeguards your business name from being used by other sole proprietorships or co-partnerships in the county where you’ve registered.  A DBA should be filed in each county where you will be conducting business and may be required for banking or insurance purposes.

You must be at least 18 years of age to file or be a partner on a DBA.

Additional information on DBAs and sole proprietorships is available

Forms to file your DBA are available HERE (download the form in a pdf format) or at the County Clerk’s office. 

What you will need:

  • Name of business
  • Address of business
  • Mailing address of business, if different
  • Name of business owner(s)
  • Address(es) of owner(s)
  • Specify whether business is or is not a partnership
  • Length of partnership agreement (if applicable)
  • Signature(s) of person(s) listed as owner(s).  Form must be signed in front of a notary or County Clerk, and ID must be shown.
$10--includes two certified copies for the owner(s).

Method of payments accepted:
    Local Dickinson County check (no Out of County checks),
    Money order

*Credit card payments must include:  Full Name on Card, Card Number & Expiration Date (MM/YY),
3-Digit V-Code & Billing Address.

Please make checks and money orders payable to: “Dickinson County Clerk”.

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