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Holiday Notice: The Office of the Texas Secretary of State will be closed from 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, through Friday, November 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The office will resume normal operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 26. Electronic filing and business document searches will be available through SOSDirect.
Corporations

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About the Corporations Section

Beginning June 1, 2018, HB 2856 85(R) amended Section 5.053 of Texas Business Organizations Code to adopt the “distinguishable in the records” standard for entity names. The new name rules are set out in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Chapter 79, Subchapter C. For more information, please review the distinguishable in the records standard requirements.

The Corporations Section is responsible for the receipt, filing and permanent maintenance and retention of documents that create or affect business organizations and non-profit entities under the following Texas statutes:

In addition, the Section reviews state trade and service mark applications pursuant to Chapter 16, Business & Commerce Code.

The Section also provides records information by telephone and email and provides plain and certified copies upon request. Although the Section continues to accept documents by fax and mail, an increasing number of documents are received through electronic submission on SOSDirect.

For questions regarding specific information not found on our website or contact information for specific areas of the Section, please Contact Us.