What if the company name is already registered in the County?
Consider another name.
How different does the name have to be?
First, consider the reason for choosing your company name. You want people to know who you are and what you do so they will buy goods or services from you. If you choose a name that is similar to someone else’s your customer might get confused. Also, someone else could get the benefit of your hard work and advertising dollars.
Second, if you choose a name that is similar to someone else’s, you may wind up in a legal battle.
How can I find out if a Corporation is already using the name I have chosen?
You can call the Secretary of State at 512-463-5555 .
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. Additional contacts are provided under the Associated Links Section.