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Duration: The assumed name certificate shall be effective for a term not to exceed ten years from the
date the certificate is filed and may be renewed by filing a new certificate within six months of the
expiration of the original certificate (TBCC § 71.151). A registrant may abandon the assumed name
certificate before the expiration of the period of duration by filing an abandonment of the certificate
Noncompliance: The TBCC in sections 71.201 through 71.203 provides both civil and criminal penalties
for failure to file the assumed name certificate.
This form has been drafted for filing with the secretary of state. Assumed name certificates filed with
the county clerk must be notarized and contain original signatures. Consequently, this form does not
satisfy county filing requirements. An assumed name certificate filed with the county clerk must be sent
directly to the appropriate county clerk and not to the secretary of state.
Instructions for Form Item 1—Assumed Name: The assumed name certificate must state the assumed name under which
the business or professional service is or is to be conducted. An entity may conduct business or
professional services under multiple assumed names, but a separate assumed name certificate must
be filed for each assumed name. Please note that if the name entered as the assumed name in item 1 Form 503 1 is exactly the same as the legal name of the entity on file with the secretary of state, the certificate
will be rejected for failing to provide an assumed name. Item 2—Entity Name: The assumed name certificate must contain the legal name of the entity as
contained in its certificate of formation or comparable document filed with the secretary of state. An
incorporated entity, such as a bank or trust company, whose organizational documents are not filed
with the secretary of state, would set forth the legal name of the entity as contained in its
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