How to Check a Business Name to See if It Is Registered in Texas

by Jamie Lisse - Updated September 26, 2017

In Texas, all businesses that are registered and doing business in the state are required to be listed with the Texas Secretary of State's office. In fact, this office handles all business-related things, including reserving business names. You can easily do a search on a business name in Texas. As of March 2010, the search fee ranges from free to $5.00 per search.

Search on the SOSDirect website at to see if the business name is registered in Texas. As of March 2010, there is a $1.00 fee per search.

Call or e-mail the Texas Secretary of State office to do a free business name search. The phone number is 512-463-5555 and the e-mail address is

Fax or mail a request for a name search to the Texas Secretary of State office. The mailing address is: Corporations Section - Secretary of State P.O. Box 13697 Austin, Texas 78711-3697 The fax number is 512-463-5709.

As of March 2010, there is a $5.00 fee per search when you use these methods. Give a credit card number on your fax for the fee or enclose a money order with your mailed request.

About the Author

Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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