Whether you’re searching for the right Texas business name or registering your LLC with the TX Secretary of State, we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on Texas business entity search, LLC naming rules, fictitious names and registering your business.
You should start naming your business by completing a “Texas business entity search” with the Texas Comptroller. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the register of TX LLCs and corporations to see if someone already has your desired business name.
The Texas Secretary of State search tool lets you enter details and search for your TX LLC by the following fields:
If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.
Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Texas Secretary of State naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got general naming rules below, as well as naming rules specific to LLC businesses formed in TX.
These rules typically apply to all LLCs, no matter what state they are formed in. You will need to pay attention to these rules, as they will influence the name you choose for your Texas LLC.
The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Texas. This is why you should check business name availability on the TX SOS website.
It’s not enough for your TX LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Texas. For example, you cannot use the following factors to say your name is different from the name of another business:
All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their name. These words should normally come at the end of the name.
Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:
In addition to the general rules listed above, the Texas Secretary of State has some specific business naming rules for your LLC. You will need to follow these rules if you want to name your TX business appropriately. Here are some direct quotes from the Texas Secretary of State:
Read more about Texas Secretary of State business naming rules.
You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Texas, doing business under a different name is known as an “Assumed Name.” You might choose to use a different name from your TX formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your LLC might be called Texas Alternative Power Holding Company LLC and you have a chain called Home Solar Energy Systems. You should file an assumed name to let the Texas Secretary of State know. In Texas, you do that through an “Assumed Name Certificate” form or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.
Once you’ve searched for your Texas business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your TX LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.
If you don’t want to form your Texas LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Texas Secretary of State. You will need to complete a Name Reservation form and file it with the TX SOS. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.
Texas SOS LLC name reservation form
If you’re ready to start your Texas LLC, you can formally file your Certificate of Formation with the Texas Secretary of State, or have Incfile do it for you.
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You might find the following answers useful.
Just go to the business name search tool and enter your proposed business name. You can search the register of the Texas Secretary of State, which will tell you if there are any TX corporations or LLCs with that name.
Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the state of Texas). We’ve detailed these rules above.
Yes. Known as “assumed names,” “fictitious names,” “doing business as names” or “trade names,” you can choose to conduct business under a different name. Details are above.
Yes. The Texas Secretary of State allows you to reserve a name if you don’t want to start your business immediately. Details are above. If you are ready to start your business now, you do not need to reserve a name.
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You must be careful that your Texas LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.
The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Due Date: Both reports are due between January 1st and no later than May 15th.
Filing Fee:There is no charge for the Public Information Report. The Franchise Tax Fee is based on the revenue of the LLC.
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