Doing Business As: A County Clerk Story

County Clerks are responsible for maintaining records of resolutions and ordinances for the Commissioners Court, Constitutional County Court and Statutory County Courts. And, it should be known that the County Clerk keeps records of most public records including bonds, deeds, birth and death certificates, livestock brands and assumed names for businesses. Check out the 2016 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials for more details or visit the Government Information Center on the 6th floor of the Central Public Library.

What and Where is my County?

If you live and want to work out of a county other than Dallas County, please find your county’s website here. For other county location information visit here.

Naming Your Business Basics

The Dallas County Clerk’s Office is a key partner on the B.R.A.I.N.’s Resource Navigator as it is particularly important for anyone interested in starting a business. Depending on the legal structure of your business, an Assumed Name Certificate or DBA (Doing Business As) for each name or deviation of that name the business will use must be filed with the county clerk where a business premise will be maintained or conducted. 

The Dallas County Clerk is located downtown in Renaissance Tower at 1201 Elm Street on the 21st and 22nd Floor is open 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. Their website lists the General Steps to Follow to file your Assumed Name or DBA.  And several tools are available online to assist entrepreneurs including a link to their records to search for available names.  

Before filing, it is essential to consult a professional tax consultant, accountant and/or attorney before determining your legal structure and name. Search for “Legal Services” on the Resource Navigator for a list of our partner organizations that offers this area of assistance for more assistance.