To be prudent, if you haven’t already done so head on over to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to see that your brand name isn’t taken or too similar to another. Or, that there are no trademark conflicts.
Then you can get your hands on Form 503 or the Assumed Name Certificate. This form is available for download on the Texas Secretary of State website. You can also visit the County Clerk’s office and personally obtain a copy of the certificate.
After obtaining a copy of the certificate, go through the general instructions of the form, which can be found on pages 1 to 3. Each part is thoroughly discussed, so take time to go through this. Then, when you’re ready to complete the form, the following information is required:
After all the entries in the Assumed Name Certificate are filled out and double checked, have the form notarized. Make sure that there is a duplicate of the form or your records. When you’re ready, submit it to the address on the form.
Filing Fee: $25
This guide on filing a Texas DBA is just an informational article. Please refrain from treating it as a legal document/notice. For the legal aspects to filing an Assumed Name Certification in Texas, visit a business lawyer.