If you are starting a business in Texas, one of the first things you will need to do is register your business name. Registering your business name is important because it establishes your legal identity and protects your brand. In this article, we will discuss where to register a business name in Texas.
The first step in registering your business name in Texas is to determine if the name you want to use is available. You can do this by searching the Texas Secretary of State’s website. The website has a business name database that allows you to search for existing business names in Texas. If the name you want to use is already taken, you will need to choose a different name.
Assuming your desired business name is available, you can register your business name in Texas in several ways.
- Register with the Secretary of State
You can register your business name with the Texas Secretary of State’s office by filing a Certificate of Formation. This document establishes your business as a legal entity in Texas and includes your business name, address, and other important information. The filing fee for a Certificate of Formation is $300.
- Register with your County Clerk
In addition to registering with the Secretary of State, you may also need to register your business name with your county clerk’s office. The requirements for county registration can vary, so you should check with your local county clerk for specific instructions. Some counties may require you to file a DBA (doing business as) or assumed name certificate. The fee for filing a DBA can range from $15 to $50.
- Register your Trademark
If you want to protect your business name and brand, you may also want to consider registering your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A trademark gives you exclusive rights to use your business name and logo in commerce. The USPTO has a registration process that can take several months and can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on the complexity of your trademark.
In conclusion, registering your business name in Texas is an important step in starting a business. You can register with the Secretary of State, your local county clerk, and even the USPTO if you want to protect your brand. Make sure to do your research and follow the proper procedures to ensure that your business name is registered correctly and legally.
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