Palm Bay, FL asked in Business Formation for Florida

Q: Want to add "co." to my business name, it is established as an LLC. Do I need to file a DBA?

I just filed an LLC in the state of Florida. The name is "Alternative Hair, LLC". I want to do all of my branding and marketing under the name "Alternative Hair Co." Or "Alt Hair Co.". It's my understanding that an LLC is a "Co." (company) and that I can't put a business entity designation in an LLC. Can I use "Co." And "LLC" interchangeably?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No.

"Corporations" are companies and can use "Co." in their title. They can also use the words "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," and "Inc."

LLCs are not "corporations." They are limited liability companies and must use "LLC."

Try to get a d/b/a.

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