Step 1) Get A Copy Of The Assumed Name Certificate
If you haven't already done so, head on over to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to make sure your brand name isn't taken by -- or too similar to -- another registered Texas business.
Then, get your hands on Form 503 -- the Assumed Name Certificate. This form is available for download on the Texas Secretary of State website, but you can also visit the County Clerk’s office to obtain a copy in-person.
Step 2) Complete The Assumed Name Certificate
After obtaining a copy of the Assumed Name Certificate, read through the form instructions (pages 1 - 3). When you're ready to fill out the form, the following information will be required:
- Assumed name to be used;
- Legal name of the business entity;
- Structure of the business entity and file number;
- Jurisdiction of formation;
- Registered office address;
- Period of duration;
- Counties where the assumed name will be used.
Step 3) Submit The Assumed Name Certificate
After double-checking that all the entries on your Assumed Name Certificate are correct, have the form notarized by a Texas notary public. Make sure to keep a duplicate copy for your records.
Finally, when you're ready, submit your completed Assumed Name Certificate to the address provided on the form!
Filing Fee: $25
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