You need to check. In NC the DBA comes from the state while the license comes from your local town or city. My city also requires a zoning permit. If you start with your local government they should be able to walk you through it.
In Ohio I didn't have to register my DBA, but I did have to have 2 vendor's licenses, one for my in-home business and the other for transient business within Ohio say if I set up a booth somewhere at a school or fair or something. What a pain. I'm also a sole proprietor so that may be why I didn't need a DBA registration.
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