The main reason a business entity can file an assumed name certificate in Texas is if it wants to retain its legal name but intends to operate a business using a different name, states the Texas Secretary of State. Business owners can submit assumed name certificates without original signatures.
Valid documents for filing with the Secretary of State include photocopies and faxed copies of signed assumed name certificates, according to the Texas Secretary of State. The certificates also do not require notarization. However, when filing with the county clerk, every person whose name appears on the certificate must include his original signature in the certificate.
Assumed name certificates with similar or same names are acceptable in Texas in accordance with the Texas Business and Commerce Code, notes the Texas Secretary of State. The certificates provide information regarding the identity and location of a business, but it does not restrict others from filing the same name or using similar names to create a new entity.
Assumed name certificates specify a particular filing duration that must not exceed 10 years from the filing date, says the Texas Secretary of State. The registrant should file a new certificate before the existing certificate expires if he intends to keep the assumed name; otherwise, he should file a statement of abandonment.