ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE INFORMATION
To start a business in the State of Texas, one needs to get an ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE, commonly known as “doing business as or dba”. Most banks require an Assumed Name Certificate to open a business bank account. It is necessary to obtain an Assumed Name Certificate in every county where business will be conducted.
Filing an Assumed Name Certificate does not prevent another party from using the same name. Direct any legal questions regarding a business name to an attorney.
The filing fee for an Assumed Name Certificate in Nueces County is $13.00 for one owner. If there is more than one owner, add $.50 for each additional name listed.
Forms are filled out in duplicate, one for filing and the other for the owner’s records.
An Assumed Name Certificate is good for ten (10) years from the date of filing.
The clerk has no duty to notify a party of the expiration of a certificate, therefore, it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure a new certificate is filed timely.
If the business closes it is necessary to file an ABANDONMENT OF ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE. The filing fee is $12.00.
A WITHDRAWAL FROM A ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE is filed if one or more partners in the business wishes to withdraw. The filing fee is $12.00.