The most common and the simplest form of business is the sole proprietorship. In a sole proprietorship, a single individual engages in a business activity without necessity of formal organization.
If the business is conducted under an assumed name (a name other than the surname of the individual), then an assumed name certificate (commonly referred to as a DBA) should be filed with the office of the county clerk in the county where a business premise is maintained in accordance with Section 36.10 of the Texas Business & Commerce Code.
If no business premise is maintained, then an assumed name certificate should be filed in all counties where business is conducted under the assumed name.
- Use this A-Z listing of county clerks offices to see where you can file DBA (Doing Business As) assumed name certificates.
- Read Chapter 36 of the Texas Business & Commerce Code relating to the filing requirements for assumed names.
- Read more about sales tax and other Texas business tax responsibilities.