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all right so welcome to the Texas business entity search tutorial brought to you by us here at started business org now I'm just going to go over each entity search or a business entity search parameter as a word and sort of describe the process in case you're wondering how to go about using this function to search for your availability of your proposed business name or just to generally get business details about any entity that's on file the Secretary of State now the strange thing about this Texas online portal is that it requires that you first log into an account in order to actually perform business entity search the reason for that being is they charge you one dollar per search which is a little strange it's the first time I've come across this so you're going to need to create an account and we have a tutorial here on how to do that and we'll have a separate video on how to go about creating an account but you need to do that log in and then enter as you can see here you've logged in and then you enter your credit card information in the next two pages so that when you perform a search it will charge you that $1 each now let's just get get right to it here so name availability search of course this is the one to use if you are planning on registering a business and you want to make sure that your name is indeed available so you go to this web page enter in your login credentials click Submit and then you can enter in your payment method and your contact information click Next and then provide your payment information or credit card information if that is indeed the the manner in which you plan on paying for your searches so you can choose a card type card number expiration date and security code and I provide your name or your the business name and the address of the business of the individual followed by the phone number if you've done all this correctly you're gonna be able to see this page here it'll let you know that you're logged in it will give session code as well at the very top you're gonna be able to click on business organizations and then you can scroll down to actually all be it'll be right there in the in the center of the page all these different inquiries you can make now you can see how many of they're ours it's not another unique function of the Texas Secretary of State website is that there's a ton of different business energy search options but for the purposes of this one will just do name availability search and need to just type in the entity name and then a list of names will come up that match the one that you entered now if there's any that are still in use and in existence is a good chance you're not going to be able to use it now for this example i typed in Smith and then I got all these different different options here and and then finally if you click on the filing number are you gonna be able to get the business details if that's what you're after now search by entity name you can go by find entity you can go by fine supplemental which is a search user retrieve entities with active or inactive soon names trademarks and the names of associated entities match the ones that you searched you can also go find by assumed name or find global so there's a lot of different ways you can go about searching using the entity name so I'm not gonna go over the login thing again because it's the exact same thing you'll click on either entity supplemental global or assumed name and then you enter the name into this field here and you'll get a certain set of results based on the parameters of your search and again clicking on the filing number will give you access to the business details now you can also search by filing number federal employment identification number tax identification I think that's what a tid I forgot what that's called now but at any rate you can use that as well or the document number I think this is tax identification number of the t ID at any rate same sort of thing logging in until you can choose the manner method you'd like to search and then you're going to enter in you know the document number a file a number of federal employment identification number a tax ID you click search after it's been done and the benefit of searching by number is that you should just get one result it'll it will bring you directly to the business details of that entity and finally you can search by registered agent or people or let's company officials so same webpage same login process and then you enter in the person's name or the registered agent name and then you're gonna get a list that looks like this if you type the person's name I'll give the title you know what they do within the company and some other information or again you click on my filing number and you get the business details for that particular entity all right good luck guys
Thanks for your comment Mittie Sandblom, have a nice day.
- Ceola Corwin, Staff Member
the following information is provided for educational purposes only and in no way constitutes legal tax or financial advice for legal tax or financial advice specific to your business needs we encourage you to consult with a licensed attorney and/or CPA in your state the following information is copyright protected no part may be redistributed copied modified or adapted without prior written consent of the author in this video we are going to teach you how to research and choose your desired LLC name the purpose of this video is to help you avoid infringing upon someone else's name rights to help you differentiate your business name from existing entities and to make sure your desired LLC name is available for use in order to make sure your desired LLC name is available for use you will need to search it against the existing organized entities on the state's online database we will first walk you through some requirements and restrictions and then later we will show you how to perform your search name requirements your LLC name must end with the words limited liability company or the abbreviations LLC dot or LLC using the abbreviation LLC is the most common for example Joe wants to start a company by the name Joe's landscaping services since he has formed an LLC he must file under the name Joe's landscaping services LLC again using the abbreviation LLC or the full word limited liability company is a requirement when forming an LLC name restrictions your LLC name cannot imply that it is a corporation you are not allowed to use the words corporation or incorporated or the abbreviations Corp or Inc anywhere in your LLC name let's look at our example again since Joe wants to form an LLC he cannot call his company Joe's landscaping services Inc LLC or Joe's landscaping services incorporated LLC your desired LLC name must we'll be distinguishable this means it cannot be too similar to the names of existing organized entities that are found in the results during the search of the database we will now illustrate several examples of distinguishability and we will provide examples you may see while performing your search differences in designators which are the identifier x' at the end of a business name do not create distinguishability examples of designators would be ink or corp for corporations and LLC or LLC for limited liability companies there are other designators as well but these are the most commonly used for example your desired LLC name is Smith Investments LLC but during the search of the database let's say you found the business under the name Smith Investments Inc in this example your desired LLC name would not be available for use you would have to think of an alternative name that is unique and different an example would be Smith Financial Group LLC grammatical differences the following do not create distinguishability differences in variables and singular plural and possessive forms of a word for example your desired LLC name is apple farm LLC let's just say during the search you found the business under the name apple farms LLC or let's say you also found a business under apples farm LLC with an apostrophe s both of these names although slightly different are too similar and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an example of an alternative name would be bob's apple orchard LLC the following do not create distinguishability differences in articles such as a and or the for example your desired LLC name is print shop LLC let's just say that during the search of the database you found a business called the print shop LLC or you found the business called a print shop LLC again although they seem different these names are all the same in the eyes of the state and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an alternative name would be printing solutions LLC the following also do not create distinguishability the use of conjunctions such as and or and the ampersand symbol let's say your desired LLC name is night and day LLC with the ampersand symbol but during your search you find a night and day LLC or you found that night day LLC again both of these examples are too similar and your desired LLC name is not distinguishable and therefore not available for use an example of an alternative name would be moon and sunshine LLC the following also do not create distinguishability the use of certain punctuation such as hyphens slashes periods commas etc let's say your desired LLC name is peter paul and mary studios LLC but during your search you found Peter - Paul - Mary Studios Incorporated or you found a Peter comma Paul comma and Mary studios Incorporated again both of these examples are too similar and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an alternative example would be ppm productions LLC alphanumeric differences in numerical or written numbers does not create distinguished ability for example let's say your desired LLC name is three teachers Consulting LLC with the number three spelled out but during your search of the database you found the company called three teachers Consulting LLC with the number three again these are deceptively similar the state does not look at these as any different and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an alternative example would be a few good teachers Consulting LLC deceptively similar names that are too similar to existing organized entities also do not create distinguished ability for example your desired LLC name is speedy delivery services LLC but during your search let's say you find a speed delivery services LLC or you find a super speedy delivery services LLC again these names are too similar therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an example of an alternative name would be at your door quake LLC takeaways as you can see just filing your paperwork with your desired LLC name is not as straightforward as you may have originally thought the most important takeaways from showing you all these examples are as follows it's important to make sure your name is truly unique and not too similar to the names of existing organized entities if your desired LLC name is unavailable for use either by its exact match already being used or by it being too similar to an existing name we recommend using some creativity and coming up with the variation of your original LLC name so that the name is now unique and is distinguishable and stands apart from other businesses some additional tips to think of when creating your LLC name are make your LLC name easy to spell you want to make sure people can find you when they're looking for you make your LLC name short shorter names are easier for people to remember make your LLC name have a positive connotation leave people with a good feeling when they hear about your business you are now ready to search your desired LLC name against the state's online database we showed you a number of examples where the desired LLC names were not available for use but don't worry in the next part of this video we will provide plenty of examples of names that are availa
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- Ceola Corwin
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