Your Guide To Texas Business Entity Search
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the source of information both for researching whether a business name is available and for checking the status of a business entity.
Within the Comptroller of Public Accounts Entity Database, you will find information related to corporations and LLCs which are registered in Texas. Sole proprietorships and general partnership names are not centralized, rather the County Clerk’s office cares for the registration of these within the country that the business is located.
You are not charged to carry out a search of the database.
What can you look up on the database?
Various details about businesses are listed on the database. Below are some of the key pieces of information:
– Name of business
– Taxpayer number
– Type of entity – for example LLC, corporation
– Status – A business that has an active status means that it is in good standing and is able to carry on business within the state. Other statuses include “Not Established”, “Franchise Tax Ended” “Forfeited” and “Franchise Tax Involuntarily Ended”. In these cases, it may be possible to register the name.
– Information on the registered agent – The agent is the one contact used in legal or tax cases. Usually, this is one of the owners of the business, hence, their home address may become public information if this is what they use. Hence, why many people opt to use a Registered Agent service, for example, IncFile or Northwest Registered Agent, so that their home address does not become a piece of information that any member of the public can access.
– Registered address of the office – this may be the physical location of the business or the address where the records are kept.
How Do You Carry Out A Texas Business Name Search?
Using the “Entity Name” field, type in the name you are looking for. For instance, you may search for “Sew What”, then click on “Name Availability Check”.
When we search the registered names a list of all businesses with the words “Superior Lawncare” is provided. If you want to register a corporation or LLC in Texas it is essential that the name you choose is distinguishable from the names that are already registered. Since this name already exists, you would not be able to form an LLC using the same name.
You can use the “Details” link for a name you have an interest in to find out more about registered business names.
Even though you cannot use the name “Superior Lawncare” you could still use a variation on it, for example, “Texas Superior Lawncare “. However, even though the name may be available, the Comptroller of Public Accounts will still carry out a search to ensure the similarity in names does not cause confusion. In many instances, abbreviations and names spelled in a different may appear to be available but will not be approved.
This is a brief guide on searching for a business name. You may come up with a great name which appears to be available, however, do keep in mind that the Comptroller of Public Accounts will carry out their own check and decide whether they will approve the name or whether they will deem it as too close in nature to names that already exist.
How Do I Set Up An LLC?
The first step, before setting up your LLC is to ensure that the name is available. Once you have your name you can use our easy to follow guide on how to file the Certificate of Formation in setting up a Texas LLC.
An Operating Agreement provides rules on how an LLC runs and whilst this is not a requirement in Texas it most certainly is useful, particularly in the case of multi-member LLCs.
Once you have formed an LLC, you need to get an Employer Identification Number (ETN). This is known as the business’s social security number. You will not be charged to obtain this through IRS.