A general partnership is created when two or more persons associate to carry on a business for profit. A partnership generally operates in accordance with a partnership agreement, but there is no requirement that the agreement be in writing and no state-filing requirement.
If the business of the partnership is conducted under an assumed name (a name that does not include the surname of all of the partners), 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 71 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.
- Limited Liability Partnership: In order to limit the liability of its general partners, a general partnership may opt to register as a limited liability partnership by filing a certificate of registration with the Secretary of State in accordance with article Section 152.802 of the Business Organizations Code. The Secretary of State provides a form for registration as a limited liability partnership [Form 701]. Online filing of the registration and other required forms is provided through SOSDirect.
- Read Section 152.802 of the Texas Business Organizations Code relating to the registration of limited liability partnerships.
- Visit the Secretary of State Web site for forms and other filing information for limited liability partnerships.