How to Check LLC Name Availability in Texas

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Before you form an LLC, register an assumed name, or start a corporation, you'll need to complete a business name search with the Texas Taxable Entity Search tool to see if your name is unique.

In our Texas LLC Name Search guide, we'll show you exactly how to check LLC name availability in Texas.

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Texas LLC Name Search

The Texas Secretary of State requires all business names to be distinguishable from other business entities in the state.

It's also important to search for a matching domain name (URL).

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How to Search Available LLC Names

You can search for an LLC name in Texas via:

  • Online database
  • Email
  • Phone

We recommend calling or emailing the Secretary of State for preliminary name approval, even if the online database shows that your name is available on the Texas Taxable Entity Search.

Online Database

You can check your business name availability by searching the Texas Taxable Entity Search online database. You will need to create an account to access the search tool.

Email

You can email the Texas Secretary of State at corpinfo@sos.state.tx.us for a preliminary name availability screening.

Phone

You can call the Texas Secretary of State at (512) 463-5555 for a preliminary name availability screening.

How to Check Available Domain Names

When deciding on a name for your LLC, you should make sure that a similar or exact domain name is available. A matching URL will help potential customers find your LLC faster.

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How to Register Your Business Name

Register Your Name

An LLC name is officially registered when you file your LLC application documents.

Ready to register your LLC name? Use our free Form an LLC guide to get started.

Registering a DBA in Texas (assumed name) is a separate process that requires filing with either your state, county, or city of business.

Reserve Your Name

You can optionally reserve your LLC name in Texas for up to 120 days before you officially register it. This prevents other businesses from registering your name until you have the opportunity to register it yourself. 

Name reservations can be filed online or via hard copy with the Texas Secretary of State. The filing fee is $40.

You can also renew your name reservation for an additional 120 days if it expires.

Texas Naming Requirements

Some key guidelines for Texas LLC names include:

Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or “limited company” or one of its abbreviations (Ltd Co., LLC, L.L.C., LC, or L.C.).

  • Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Texas reserved names.

Keep an eye out for restricted words. These words, such as “FBI” or “Treasury,” are often restricted to keep your LLC from sounding like an official institution.

Texas also has the following restrictions for LLC names:

  • Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for an unlawful purpose.
  • Your name cannot include the words “lotto” or “lottery.” 
  • Your name cannot imply that the LLC was created by or for the benefit of war veterans or their families. The following words are expressly prohibited: veteran, legion, foreign, Spanish, disabled, war; and world war.

For more information, check out Texas’s official state statutes.

Distinguishability

It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Texas, a distinguishable name is one that is substantively different from all other existing or reserved business names in the state.

The following differences do NOT make a name distinguishable in Texas:

  • Business entity type identifiers
  • Use of articles, prepositions, or conjunctions
  • Use of periods or spaces
  • Use or absence of letters that do not make the name readily distinguishable when spoken aloud
  • Geographic designations at the end of the name
  • Different order of the same words
  • Use of contractions of the same root words

Failure to use a distinguishable name could result in your formation filing being rejected.

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Texas LLC Name Search FAQ

How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Texas?

You can use the Texas Taxable Entity Search tool to see if your business name is available.

You can also call the Texas Secretary of State at (512) 463-5555 or email them at corpinfo@sos.state.tx.us for a preliminary name availability screening.

Learn more about business entity name availability here: Texas LLC Name Search

Should I name my LLC after myself?

While there’s no rule against naming an LLC after yourself, most experts advise against doing this. 

One of the benefits of starting an LLC is the ability to choose a different name for your business, which can make it sound more professional.

To explore other naming options, use your free AI-powered LLC Name Generator.

What words can’t be used in a Texas LLC name?

Business names generally can’t include words that imply the company is a banking or financial institution or that it’s affiliated with a local, state, or federal government agency.

Additionally, Texas LLC names cannot imply that the LLC is organized for an unlawful purpose, include the words “lotto” or “lottery,” or imply that the LLC was created by or for the benefit of war veterans or their families.

Learn more about LLC naming requirements here: Texas LLC Name Search

Should I use an LLC name generator?

If you’re having trouble choosing a name for your LLC, an LLC name generator can help you come up with some ideas.

What is a brand name?

A brand name is a name a company gives to a product or line of products. It can be the same as the company’s name or something different.

Learn more about branding with your business entity name here: How to Name an LLC

Do I have to include LLC in my name?

Yes. Texas requires that its LLCs use “Limited Liability Company” or one of its abbreviations (e.g., LLC or L.L.C.) in their legal name.

Learn more about LLC naming requirements here: Texas LLC Name Search

Do I need to renew my business name in Texas?

Texas doesn't require LLCs to renew their legal name, but assumed names must be renewed every 10 years with the Secretary of State.

You can renew online or via hard copy. The filing fee is $25.

Learn more about LLC naming requirements for your business name here: Texas LLC Name Search

Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Texas?

Some companies choose to operate under a name that’s different from their legal name. This can either be called a “doing business as” (DBA) name or an assumed name in Texas. 

In Texas, LLC assumed names are filed with the Secretary of State.

Learn more about assumed names here: Texas DBA guide

Does my LLC need a DBA name?

Your LLC doesn’t need a DBA name unless it plans to do business under a name other than its legal name. Learn more about Texas DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Texas from the dropdown menu.

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