Texas Business Name Search

Getting Started

Before searching the Texas Business Name Database, you can save time by making sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within the Texas business name database. We suggest coming with a few name ideas in-mind incase any are unavailable, you can also download the full Texas entity name guidelines here (click here to download)

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Search business name availability

Contacting the local Secretary of State (SOS) office via Phone or Email is free and is the most reliable way to check your business name availability.

Online, you can search for Texas businesses entities for free via the Texas Comptroller’s website (click here to visit), simply enter your business name into the “entity name” field or you can access the official SOS database (click here to visit). Searching via the SOSDirect website does require you to create an account and has a $1.00 per search fee.

Texas Secretary of State Office

Websitesos.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-5555

Email: corpinfo@sos.texas.gov

Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

You can register your business name via the Texas Secretary of State (SOS) SOSDirect Portal (click here to visit).

Useful information:

– The SOS website charges a small filing fee (from $5) per document.

– Name registration lasts for one year and can be renewed.

– You can also reserve your business name for 120-days. Name reservations are also filed through SOSDirect.

To register your business name, you’ll need to prepare and file a document with the following details:

– Statement that the organization validly exists and is doing business.

– Statement of the nature of the organization’s business.

– Name of the organization.

– Name of the jurisdiction where the organization is formed

– Date the organization was formed

– The required filing fee, fees usually start at $5 though this can be different for each county. You can click here to find out the contact details for your local county.

 

(Source: Chapter 5, Texas Secretary of State -Business Organization Code)

If your ideal business name is already in use, you could still use a similar varient by gaining consent from the current entity and making a few minor changes to the name. The Texas Secretary of State outline that, names are available with consent from an existing entity under the following conditions:

(a) The addition/subtraction of a word, phrase or abbreviation that indicates the business entity type. For example: “Black Bear, Inc.” is available with consent from “Black Bear, PLLC”

(b) The use of a common abbreviation of the same word. For example: “Mario Brothers Plumbing” is available with consent from “Mario Bros. Plumbing”.

(c) The use of the singular, plural, or possessive form of a word. For example: “On the Cards” is available with consent from “On the Card”

(d) The addition or omission of a state to the name. For example:  “Resources of Austin, Texas” is available with consent from “Resources of Austin”

If you’re still unable to find a business name that suits you, try using our business name generator to get unique name ideas (click here to find our business name generator).


Registering your business Domain/website

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check if the domain name is available for your business. The last thing you want is to register your business name and find out another competitor or company already has a website with your name! Use our domain check below to instantly check availability.

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