Texas Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Texas business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Initial Application for Registration

Agency:Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section
Form:

Assumed Name Certificate

Filing method:

Mail or fax.

Agency fee:

$25

Is registration mandatory?:

Filing an assumed name registration is mandatory to conduct business under any other name than your personal legal name or a registered business name.

Law:

TX Statutes § 5-71

County Level Filing:

Sole-proprietorships and general partnerships file only at the county level, but other entities file with both the secretary of state and the county clerk in the county where their principal office exists.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of an assumed name does not offer name protection.

Notes:
  • Publication of registration is not required in Texas.

Renewal Filing

Agency:Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section
Form:

Assumed Name Certificate

Filing method:

Mail or fax.

Agency fee:

$25

Due:

Due by the date of registration every 10 years.

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