Texas does not require an actual business license but does require proper permitting and tax identification registration on the county, state and federal level. Additionally, those hoping to open a business are required to apply for an assumed name and to ensure that the name is not currently in use.
When legalizing a business, individuals must contact their city or county government offices to obtain any required permits. This depends on the type of business and where the proprietor wishes to operate. All businesses in Texas must register with state and federal authorities to obtain a Certificate of Authority. This is the actual document that allows a business to operate within the state. Visit the Texas Secretary of State Office in person or online to find this paperwork.
Businesses can uses SOSDirect to determine if the name they want for their business is already taken. Once a name is settled, it must be registered with the Texas Secretary of State's Office as well as their city and county offices. These documents can be filed along with the other documents required by officials such as the business' articles of incorporation and permit information. All entities, including partnerships, LLCs and sole proprietors, must register their names with the Secretary of State.