Texas LLC Name Search

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In this post, we show you how to easily search for available business names in Texas using a free entity search tool provided by the State of Texas.

Before you file the required documents for your new LLC, you will need to do an LLC name search first to check the name’s availability. You should make sure that the name that you are considering is unique and different from other LLCs operating within the state.

Give Your New Business Entity a Name

When you name something, you get attached to it. Naming your soon to be business can only spur your decision forward. Backing out on the idea will be less of an option.

When forming a company, you and your co-founders need to brainstorm and decide on a few things, such as your business name. Before contacting the good folks at ZenBusiness or Incfile, you need to:

  • Come up with a name that hasn’t been used before. Visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website and enter the business name in the “Taxable Entity Search” database.
  • That name, even if unique or derivative, shouldn’t sound like an existing one as the Texas Secretary of State would reject it.
  • Ensure that the name does not violate any Texas State Law
  • You can also call the State Business Information Line at 512-463-5555 and ask them to do a business name search.
  • For FAQs and more info, visit: Texas Secretary of State FAQ

How To Do A Texas Business Name Search

Visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website and enter the business name that you are thinking about using into the “Entity Name” section of the “Taxable Entity Search” database. When searching for names in Texas,

  • Don’t enter LLC after the name or variations (LLC, L.L.C., etc) while doing searches.
  • Search for both the plural and singular versions of names. For example, if your LLC name has the word “Publishers” in it, also do a search with “Publisher.”
  • Search the first 1-2 words of your LLC name. For example, if your desired LLC name is “Dallas Electrician Service LLC,” do a search for “Dallas Electrician”.
  • The point is to check for any potential name conflicts and to come up with a unique LLC name.

Texas Comptroller Of Public Accounts
Taxable Entity Search in Texas

https://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/

In the above image, “Entity Name” is blank.

For example, we entered the name “Texas Publishing” in the image above.

The results returned four different business names. Click on “Details” for more info on these businesses.

It’s important to note that even when a given business appears to be available, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts will do their own search to confirm availability. There could be name variations or abbreviations that could be a conflict.

That’s how you can search for a business name in Texas. Comptroller of Public Accounts will make the final determination on a business name’s availability.


Have you Found a Good Name But Not Ready Start Your Business?

Get your business name reserved!
If you aren’t ready to form your LLC or Corporation reserve your business name with the state.
Reserve your business name so no one else can take it while you are getting ready to start your business.
Finding the right business name is an important step in starting a new business.
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“Business Name Reservation” service from ZenBusiness prevents others from registering the name and ensures it will be available when you are ready to start your business.

Prevent others from registering your name for $50.  A service from ZenBusiness.

Searching for a new business name is easy, but nothing is guaranteed until you get the name reserved or registered. But you can start searching your business entity name in Texas now and get some ideas.

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