Good news. Texas has reduced the administrative burden of
filing an assumed business name, commonly called a “dba” or “doing business as”
What is an assumed name? It is a name under which an entity
conducts business that is not the legal name of the corporation as shown on its
certificate of formation
Effective September 1, 2019, Texas will no longer require
businesses to file assumed names in the county where the business has its
principal office. Filing the certificate with the Secretary of State will be
all that is required.
was one of the few states that required registration of an assumed name at both
the state and county level for domestic corporations, limited liability
companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, and foreign
Senate Bill 1970 changes that and allows for the single state-level filing for
those entities. However, this change does not apply to sole proprietors,
general partnerships, estates or real estate investment trusts, and they should
continue to file at the county level only.
Texas Senate Bill 1970’s amendment to
the Assumed Business or Professional Name section (Title 5, Chapter 71) of
Texas Business and Commerce Code to remove the county-level filing requirements
is much appreciated.