From Wikipedia: The phrase "doing business as" (abbreviated DBA, dba, d.b.a. or d/b/a) is a legal term used in the United States and Canada, meaning that the trade name, or fictitious business name, under which the business or operation is conducted and presented to the world is not the legal name of the legal person(s) who actually owns the business and is responsible for it.

  • The State of New Mexico has no state requirement for filing a DBA.
  • However, when you file for a CRS #, it will ask for the “Business Name” and the “DBA”.
  • If you apply for a City of Santa Fe Business License, then it will ask for the “Business Name:

DBA” and then for the “Corporate Name:”

  • If you apply for a County of Santa Fe Business License, then it will ask for the name of the business and they don’t care if it is the Corporate Name or a DBA.
  • The item that ties all the names together for the city and county and the state is the CRS#.

Author: Jim Owens