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File an Assumed Name (D.B.A.) with the County Clerk in the county(s) in which the business is to be located and/or will conduct business
 
Corporations and corporate documents are filed with the Secretary of State in Austin. You can contact the Secretary of State at (512) 463-5578 or visit their web site at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/. Upon filing in Austin, the D.B.A. is then filed with the County Clerk's Office.
 
For the Regulatory Assistance Program concerning licenses or permits, contact the Economic Development and Tourism-Small Business Division in Austin: (512) 936-0101.
 
To obtain a State Sales Tax ID#, contact the State Comptroller at (713) 426-8200, (713) 777-1881 or (281) 820-6055, or visit their web site at http://www.window.state.tx.us/.
 
To obtain a Business Tax Kit and other publications, call I.R.S. at (800) 829-3676
 
A Federal Tax ID# is available through the I.R.S. Business & Specialty Tax Line at (800) 829-4933
 
Workers Compensation Information contact Texas Worker's Compensation & Texas Department of Insurance at (800) 372-7713. For Unemployment benefits, contact the Texas Workforce Commission at (512) 463-2222 or visit their web site at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/.
 
For Patents and Copyrights contact:
 
Commissioner for Patents
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
 
U.S. Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue S. E.
Washington D.C. 20559-6000
(202) 707-3000
 
If business is located in home, review the deed restrictions and contact the homeowners association.
 
If the business is located in a city or its jurisdiction, contact the city for possible permit requirements
 
Contact the County Health Department for a business involved in food preparation at:
(409) 938-2300 or (409) 938-2411
 
The Galveston County Small Business Development Center can also provide you with high quality one-on-one management consulting, training and information for starting your business. Contact them at (409) 938-1414 or visit their web site at http://www.gcsbdc.com/ or email at info@gcsbdc.com.

Filing Fees for Assumed Names 

Assumed Name Certificate with one owner or withdrawal of an Assumed Name with one owner in the office $24.50
Assumed Name Certificate with one owner or withdrawal on an Assumed Name with one owner out of office (must be notarized)​ $23.50
Each additional owner listed $.50
Certified Copy​ $7.00
Certificate of Assumed Name $2.00