Managing your Pennsylvania DBA
Filing a DBA in Pennsylvania is an important process but there are several other follow-up processes that every business owner should be mindful of. Each state has its own laws and regulations concerning fictitious names or DBAs. These laws are also applicable for the renewal, changing, or canceling of a fictitious name in the jurisdiction where you are planning to conduct your business. Let’s look at the various processes applicable after you get a DBA in Pennsylvania.
How to renew Pennsylvania DBA?
Once you’ve filed a Pennsylvania DBA online application, you won’t be required to renew it. There is no provision for DBA renewals in this state.
How to change a Pennsylvania DBA?
After filing a DBA in Pennsylvania, if you want to change the fictitious name or make certain amendments, there’s a separate process that you will need to follow. You’ll be required to file an update with the Pennsylvania Department of State using the form DSCB:54-312/313. This is also known as the “Fictitious Name – Amendment, Withdrawal, Cancellation” form. The amendment or change in DBA is governed by 54 PA Cons Stat § 312 (2020) you’ll be required to submit the form along with a $70 fee.
How to cancel Pennsylvania DBA?
Once you get a DBA in Pennsylvania, if you want to cancel or withdraw the assumed name, it’s possible through a process similar to filing a DBA name change. You’ll be required to submit the “Fictitious Name – Amendment, Withdrawal, Cancellation” form along with a fee of $70 to the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. Cancellation or withdrawal of a fictitious name in Pennsylvania is governed by 54 PA Cons Stat § 313 (2020).