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 www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/sosda/index.shtml 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.