Assumed Business Name/Doing Business As
Most banks require an assumed name certificate to open a business bank account. It is necessary to obtain an assumed name certificate in every county where business will be conducted.
An applicant may conduct business under multiple assumed names, but each name must be filed separately.
Note: The County Clerk staff does fill out any forms, and does not provide legal advice or opinions. You may obtain more information about assumed names from the Texas Business and Commerce Code.
ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE INSTRUCTIONS
TO REGISTER A BUSINESS NAME IN CAMERON COUNTY, THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED:
YOU MUST CHECK THE ASSUMED BUSINESS NAME (DBA) TO ENSURE THAT NO ONE IS CURRENTLY USING THE BUSINESS NAME. YOU MAY CHECK THE ASSUMED BUSINESS NAME ON OUR WEBSITE AT https://cameron.tx.publicsearch.us/ (Be sure to select Assumed names tab). THERE IS NO CHARGE TO SEARCH THE NAME ON THE WEBSITE. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK THE BUSINESS NAME IN PERSON AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:
- 835 E. LEVEE (3RD FLOOR), BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS 78520 OR;
- 1390 W. EXPRESSWAY 83, SAN BENITO, TEXAS 78586
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR OFFICE DOES NOT DO A NAME SEARCH BY TELEPHONE. A NAME SEARCH REQUESTED BY MAIL REQUIRES A $5.00 FEE FOR EACH NAME YOU REQUEST TO BE SEARCHED.
FILL IT OUT AND HAVE THE ORIGINAL FORM NOTARIZED. YOU MAY TAKE THE ORIGINAL FORM TO A NOTARY OF YOUR CHOICE, OR THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK CAN ACKNOWLEGE DBA FOR ADDITIONAL FEE. $5.00.
** THE COUNTY CLERK WILL NOT ACCEPT THE ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE FOR RECORDING IF IT IS NOT PROPERLY ACKNOWLEDGED AND NOTARIZED
FOR RECORDING, YOU MAY HAND CARRY THE FORM TO ANYONE OF OUR LOCATIONS OR SEND IT IN BY MAIL, INCLUDING THE FEES TO:
CAMERON COUNTY CLERK
ATTENTION RECORDING DEPARTMENT
P.O. BOX 2178
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS 78522
TO REGISTER THE BUSINESS NAME, THE FILING FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- UNINCORPORATED BUSINESS $33.00
- ABANDONMENT $33.00
- ACKNOWLEGEMENT $5.00
- EACH ADDITIONAL NAME $0.50
AFTER IT IS RECORDED. YOU MAY PURCHASE A PLAIN OR CERTIFIED COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS. THE PLAIN COPY IS $1.00 PER PAGE AND THE CERTIFIED COPY IS $1.00 PER PAGE PLUS $5.00 CERTIFICAITON FEE. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR BANK TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED A PLAIN OR CERTIFIED COPY OF THE DOCUMENT. THE COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE ACCEPTS THE FOLLOWING PAYMENTS CASH, CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS OR CHECKS. TEMPORARY CHECKS NOT ACCEPTED
MONEY ORDERS, PERSONAL OR COMPANY CHECKS ARE ACCEPTABLE, AND SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE ORDER OF:
CAMERON COUNTY CLERK
AN ASSUMED BUSINESS NAME IS GOOD FOR TEN (10) YEARS.
If you are no longer conducting business under an existing assumed name, you may file a Notice of Abandonment of Assumed Name Certificate.
Executing Assumed Name Certificates
Assumed Name Certificates must be executed by an officer, general partner, member, manager, or attorney-in-fact.
If an Assumed Name Certificate is executed by an attorney-in-fact, it must include a statement that the attorney has been authorized in writing by the attorneys’ principal to execute the certificate. (Texas Business & Comm. Code 71.104)
Changing Assumed Name Certificates
Assumed Name Certificates cannot be amended if there is incorrect information on the certificate, so please ensure all information is correct when submitting the Certificate.
If the information on the certificate changes becoming materially misleading, then the law requires an Assumed Name registrant to file a new Assumed Name Certificate. (Texas Business & Comm. Code 71.152)
IF WE CAN BE OF FURTHER ASSISTANCE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US AT 956-544-0815, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00AM TO 4:00PM OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.CAMERONCOUNTY.US/COUNTY-CLERK
ADDITIONAL ASSUMED NAME INFORMATION
Assumed Name Abandonment
An assumed name is not a business license. Contact City Hall in the city in which business is to be conducted to find out if a business license is required in that city.
Limited Liability Company/Incorporation/LLC
To create Incorporation, Limited Liability Company LLC you need to contact the Secretary of State at www.sos.state.tx.us or call 512-463-5555
ADDITIONAL BUSINESS INFORMATION & RESOURCES
Texas State Comptrollers of Public Accounts
1655 Ruben M Torres Blvd STE 104, Brownsville, TX 78521
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM
Phone: (956) 542-8426