Asked Questions - Assumed Names
Can Assumed Names be
searched over the phone?
We will run a search when you come into the office, you can research the
name on the internet, or you may submit a written request. A written
request must include a $10.00 fee for each name searches.
Can searches be done
the website is www.CountyGovernmentRecords.com. Registration and searching
is free. Copies of
documents are $1.00 per page.
What happens if a
Corporation and a Non-corporation has very similar names and there is a
problem; Does the Corporation automatically win?
Neither automatically wins. If both parties have properly filed the Assumed
Name Certificate, then the courts will most likely have to decide this
What if I plan to do
business in multiple counties?
you are a non-corporate business, then you need to file an Assumed Name
Certificate with each county in which you plan to conduct business.
Do I have to file an
Assumed Name Certificate if I am only going to use the name I incorporated
The name you incorporated under is filed with the Secretary of State and
can be used anywhere within the State of Texas without any additional filing
What information does
an Assumed Name Certificate give me?
· The name of the business ownership.
Can I use my own name?
you can. Many people do.
What if the company
name is already registered in the County?
How different does the
name have to be?
consider the reason for choosing your company name. You want people to know
who you are and what you do so they will buy goods or services from you. If
you choose a name that is similar to someone else's your customer might get
confused. Also, someone else could get the benefit of your hard work and
advertising dollars. Second, if you choose a name that is similar to
someone else's, you may wind up in a legal battle.
How can I find out if
a Corporation is already using the name I have chosen?
can call the Secretary of State at 512-463-5555.
Where can I obtain
additional information and help?
the Texas Department of Commerce, Small Business Division at
1-800-888-0511. This office offers free services that assist both new and
expanding businesses. Additional contacts are provided under the Associated