Choosing the right business name is an important decision for any entrepreneur, but before you can officially register your business in Texas, you need to make sure your chosen name is available for use. Here are the steps to verify business name availability in Texas:
- Check the Texas Secretary of State website: The first step is to check the Texas Secretary of State website to see if the name you want to use is available. The website has a free online search tool that allows you to search for business names that are already registered in Texas. Simply go to the Secretary of State website, click on “Business and Nonprofit Forms,” and then select “Name Availability Search.”
- Conduct a Trademark search: Even if your chosen business name is available for use in Texas, it may already be trademarked by someone else. To avoid any legal issues, you should conduct a trademark search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website to see if your business name is already trademarked. If it is, you may need to choose a different name or obtain permission to use the trademarked name.
- Check for domain name availability: In today’s digital age, having a website is crucial for any business. Before finalizing your business name, it’s a good idea to check for domain name availability. Go to a domain registrar website, such as GoDaddy or Namecheap, and search for your chosen business name to see if the domain name is available. If it is, you can register it for your website.
- File a Name Reservation: If your chosen business name is available and you’re not yet ready to register your business, you can file a Name Reservation with the Texas Secretary of State. This will reserve your business name for 120 days, giving you time to prepare your business registration documents.
In conclusion, verifying business name availability is an important step in the process of starting a business in Texas. By following these steps, you can ensure that your chosen business name is available for use and avoid any legal issues down the road. Remember to also consult with a business attorney or advisor to ensure that you have properly researched and secured your business name.
Need help verifying business name availability in or registering your business within the State of Texas? Contact the Law Firm of Solomon Musyimi today!