Businesses that are not corporations and are not doing business under
the real name of the owner (Joe Smith) are required to file a d.b.a
(doing business as) form with the county clerk (for example Joe Smith
doing business as Joe's Plumbing). In NYC, a d.b.a is also called a
business certificate. This page:
can give you all the information that you need to contact the various
county clerk offices that make up NYC.
BRONX 851 Grand Concourse, Rm. 118, Bronx, NY 10451 718-590-3642
KINGS (BKLYN) 360 Adams Street, Rm. 189, Brooklyn, NY 11201
MANHATTAN NYS Supreme Ct. Bldg., Rm 109, 60 Centre Street, NY, NY
QUEENS Attn: Cert/Dept, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Rm 106, Jamaica, NY 11435
RICHMOND (SI) RM 103, 18 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
How easily you will be able to get this information is another
story... but these are the people that have it.
manhattan county clerk office
Clarification of Answer by
02 Jan 2003 07:27 PST
DBA simply means "doing business as". It's not so that people can use
a "false name", just an "assumed name". That way, Joe Smith does
business as Joe's Plumbing. If you have a storefront that's named
"Martha Stewart" I would say that you have a pretty good lead to who's
running the show. Alternatively, if the storefront is named "Yan's
Cooking Utensils" you could look it up at the county clerk's office
and find out that Yan Wong owns it.
The "d.b.a" is the name of the business, not the name of the owner. If
the owner wanted to change her name, she would file forms to change
her name. If she owned a business that was under a d.b.a, she would
have to refile the d.b.a to show that now the business is owned by
A business consultant I know would put it as this:
A d.b.a is filed so that if some guys gets run over by a "Wharf
Fisheries" truck, his lawyer could check with the county clerk and see
that it's owned by Bob Jones... now he has a real person to sue.
I hope this clarification helps.