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How do I open a bank account in my stage name Do I need a

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How do I open a bank account in my stage name? Do I need a business liscense?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  Hugh replied 7 years ago.
Hello, and thanks for your question.

The main issue here, is that your name has to be linked to your social security number. Thus, you have two choices. You can legally change your name to your stage name (not worth doing, in my opinion), or use your stage name as a dba (doing business as) and obtain a business license. When you do this, you can also apply for a tax ID number depending on your business structure.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I reside in CA and work in entertainment all over. Where do I go to obtain a business liscense?
Expert:  Hugh replied 7 years ago.
Typically, at your local courthouse or municipal building. It's different depending on where you live. Obtain the license in the city in which you reside.