ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE
Why do I need to file an Assumed Name Certificate (DBA)?
The Texas Business and Commerce Code require businesses to file assumed name certificates. Also, most banks will not allow a business to open a checking account without an Assumed Name Certificate on file.
The filing of an assumed name certificate of a business name does not impart any real protection to the party filing. It is merely a formal process that informs the general public of the registered agent for a business, and where official contact with the business can be made.
Can Assume Names be searched over the phone?
No. You can come in the office and search our index or you can send a written request with a $5.00 fee for each name you want searched.
What if I plan to do business in multiple counties?
If you are a non-corporate business, then you need to file an assumed name certificate with each county in which you plan to conduct business.
Do I have to file an assumed name certificate if I am only going to use the name I incorporated under?
No. The name you incorporated under is filed with the Secretary of State and can be used anywhere within the State of Texas without any additional filing requirement.
Where can I obtain additional information and help?
Contact the Texas Department of Commerce, Small Business Division at 1-800-888-0511. This office offers free services that assist both new and expanding businesses.
You can also call the Secretary of State at 512-463-5555.
ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE (DBA)
A company doing business in Texas must file an Assumed Name Certificate (Doing Business As) with the County Clerk of each county in which the business will be conducted. Assumed Name Certificates are good for 10 years from the date of filing or a shorter period of time may be indicated on the application.
To file or record a business name with the Brown County Clerk, you can submit the forms in person or by mail. The documentation must be properly acknowledged by a notary and should be on a form provided by our office Assume Name Certificate Form.
The fee for filing is $26.00 and $4.00 for each additional page. They are filed in the Official Public Records. Assumed Name Withdrawal Form.
The County Clerk will accept a filing of an assumed name certificate as a notice of intent to use of the assumed name wihtout determining whether the registrant has the right to the use of the name. Consquently, there may be the same assumed named on file by one or more organization. The purpose of the assumed name filing is to provide notice that a business or profession is being conducted under a name that many not clearly identify the owners or participants and to provide further information on the identity and location of such owners particiapnts. Every business must protectits own business name and the good will that it has acquired from the sale of its good or services.