3 Simple Steps to Register Your Business Name in Texas

Register Your Business Name in Texas

Registering your business name in Texas isn’t difficult, but it does require some work upfront to get it done right the first time. If you don’t register your business name with the state, you run the risk of having someone else steal it from you and that could be disastrous for you and your small business. Here are 3 simple steps to follow to make sure you do it right the first time!

Step 1: Confirm Availability

Before you can register your business name, you’ll want to make sure it’s not already taken. You can do that by searching online or through your county clerk’s office. If you find a similar name registered under an existing business entity, check out their website and see if they might be willing to give up that name for a reasonable price. You may also consider registering as a DBA (doing business as) instead of under your full legal name. This allows you to register using only part of your legal name, which is especially helpful if you have multiple entities registered under one person (e.g., John Smith LLC and John Smith Partners). The upside is that it will cost less; however, keep in mind that filing fees are usually non-refundable.

Step 2: Learn The Ins And Outs Of Filing A DBA Application

Once you’ve come up with a good business name, it’s time to learn how to file a DBA application. Read on for step-by-step instructions on filing your business name registration online or submitting your paperwork via mail. This comprehensive resource includes everything you need to know about registering your business name in Texas and links to additional resources that will help you get started. For example, did you know that some businesses must publish notice of their new names? Or what happens if there is already a business with your same name? We answer these questions and more in our guide. Plus, you can save money by printing our DBA checklist (also included in our guide) to keep track of all your requirements. Plus, find out which other state agencies may require information from you as part of their process. After reading through our handy guide, don’t forget to read over any applicable laws governing DBAs at both the state and local levels before finalizing your decision on whether or not to go forward with your plan.

Step 3: File DBA (Or Fictitious Name) Application With County Clerk

There are two ways you can file your DBA application. The first is through online filing, which can be done through any of these county clerks. If you don’t want to (or are unable) to file online, you will need to follow up with each county clerk individually and fill out an application via email or fax. Note that some counties may have special forms for non-profit organizations. You should also contact your local chamber of commerce or secretary of state office to see if they offer a business name search service. This is helpful because it allows you to confirm whether other businesses are using similar names within your area before you go ahead and register a name. Finally, note that most applications require payment by credit card—and there is typically a small fee associated with filing a DBA application.

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