San Antonio Business Registration

San Antonio business registration is completed through a series of steps including choosing a business name and acquiring a business permit or license.3 min read

San Antonio business registration is completed through a series of steps specific to Bexar County. This includes choosing a business name, acquiring a business permit or license, and taking additional steps related to state and federal taxes.

Registering a Business Name in Bexar County

A business name should properly reflect the purpose of the business. It may be the only information a potential client will see when they hear or read the name. To register a business name that does not include your surname and to do business legally, follow these steps:

  • File an assumed name certificate with the county clerk's office. This requires a small fee. Be sure the name is spelled exactly how you want it listed.
  • To avoid choosing a name that is already in use, do a name search. If this hasn't been done, have a backup name available in case the name you select is already taken.
  • If you prefer to do a name search free of charge, visit the Bexar County Courthouse. If an in-person visit isn't possible, a name check request can be sent in writing for $5. Send a check or money order made out to "Bexar County Clerk."
  • The assumed name certificate comes in two versions.
    • The first is for limited liability companies, corporations, limited partnerships, and registered limited liability partnerships.
    • The second is for unincorporated businesses.
  • The completed form should list:

The completed form should also be notarized and you must have official photo identification on hand when the form is submitted. Payment will also be needed at this time. The filing fee is $9 plus 50 cents per additional owner. To receive a certified copy, the fee is $7. The assumed name certificate is valid for ten years from the filing date. You must refile to maintain the business name if you are still in business.

Acquiring a Business Permit

A license to do business is not required in San Antonio, however, a permit is required to open a business. This is done through the Department of Developmental Services. An inspection of the business location is sometimes required, but not always.

If the business plans to hire employees or is a corporation or partnership, you must request an Employee Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service. This can be easily completed online or by phone. You must also get a Texas sales tax permit through an online tax registration form.