Form 501
Form 501—General Information
(Application for Reservation or Renewal of Reservation of an Entity Name)
The attached form is drafted to meet minimal statutory filing requirements pursuant to the relevant code
provisions. This form and the information provided are not substitutes for the advice and services of an
attorney and tax specialist.
Sections 5.101 to 5.106 of the Texas Business Organizations Code (BOC) govern the reservation of a
name of a corporation, professional association, cooperative association, limited liability company,
limited partnership or other filing entity.
Duration: An entity name may be reserved for a period of 120 days. A name reservation may be
renewed by filing a new application during the 30-day period preceding the expiration of the current
Instructions for Form
Entity Name: Set forth the entity name to be reserved. Although an organizational designation is
not required for filing the name reservation, the organizational designation, if applicable, must be
included in the certification of formation or registration. Appropriate organizational designations are
shown in the table below.
Entity Type Appropriate Organizational Designations
For-profit Corporation Corporation Incorporated Company Limited Corp. Inc. Co. Ltd.
Nonprofit Corporation Use of an organizational designation is not required for a nonprofit corporation.
Professional Corporation The same as for-profit corporations as well as Professional Corporation or abbreviation P.C.
Professional Association
Association Associated Associates
Cooperative Association Cooperative Coop Co-Op
Limited Liability Company
Limited Liability
L.L.C. L.C. Ltd. Co.
Professional Limited
Liability Company
Limited Liability
Limited Partnership
Limited L.P. Ltd.
Abbreviations may be used with or without punctuation.
Section 5.102 of the BOC and the secretary of state’s name availability rules provide that a proposed
name cannot be reserved if it is the same as, deceptively similar to, or similar to that of any existing
domestic or foreign filing entity, or any name reservation or registration filed with the secretary of
state. The administrative rules adopted for determining entity name availability (Texas
Administrative Code, title 1, part 4, chapter 79, subchapter C) may be viewed at If you wish the secretary of state to provide a preliminary
determination on name availability, you may call (512) 463-5555, dial 7-1-1 for relay services, or e-
mail your name inquiry to A final determination cannot be made until the
document is received and processed by the secretary of state. Do not make financial expenditures or
execute documents based on a preliminary determination. Also note that the preclearance of a name
or the issuance of a certificate of reservation or formation under a name does not authorize the use of
a name in violation of another person’s rights to the name.
Entity Type: A name may be reserved by a person intending to organize a Texas corporation,
professional association, limited liability company or limited partnership, or a person intending to
register a foreign filing entity to transact business in Texas. Although this form is designed to be
used by different types of entities, you must indicate the specific entity type to which the name
reservation is to apply. This selection facilitates the review of the entity name as a name chosen for
one specific entity type may imply or indicate an unlawful purpose for another entity type.
Applicant Name and Address: Specify the name of the person for whom the reservation is made.
If the name is being reserved by an existing corporation, limited partnership, limited liability
company or other organized legal entity, select and complete option A. If an individual is reserving
the name, please select and complete option B. Set forth the name of the individual in the format
specified. Do not use prefixes (e.g., Mr., Mrs., Ms.). Use the suffix box only for titles of lineage
(e.g., Jr., Sr., III) and not for other suffixes or titles (e.g., M.D., Ph.D.).
Once the application for reservation is filed, the name reservation will be recorded exclusively in the
name of the applicant or the applicant’s transferee if a notice of transfer is filed with the appropriate
Execution: The applicant or applicant’s attorney or agent must sign the application for name
reservation. Before signing, please read the statements on this form carefully. A person commits an
offense under section 4.008 of the BOC if the person signs or directs the filing of a filing instrument
the person knows is materially false with the intent that the instrument be delivered to the secretary
of state for filing. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor unless the person’s intent is to harm or
defraud another, in which case the offense is a state jail felony.
Payment and Delivery Instructions: The filing fee for an application for name reservation is $40.
The filing fee for the renewal of an existing name reservation is $40. Fees may be paid by personal
checks, money orders, LegalEase debit cards, or American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa
credit cards. Checks or money orders must be payable through a U.S. bank or financial institution
and made payable to the secretary of state. Fees paid by credit card are subject to a statutorily
authorized convenience fee of 2.7 percent of the total fees.
Submit the completed form in duplicate along with the filing fee. The form may be mailed to P.O.
Box 13697, Austin, Texas 78711-3697; faxed to (512) 463-5709; or delivered to the James Earl
Rudder Office Building, 1019 Brazos, Austin, Texas 78701. If a document is transmitted by fax,
credit card information must accompany the transmission (Form 807). On filing the document, the
secretary of state will return the appropriate evidence of filing to the submitter together with a file-
stamped copy of the document, if a duplicate copy was provided as instructed.
Withdrawal: A registrant may withdraw the reservation of a name before the expiration of the
reservation period by filing a notice of withdrawal to cancel the name reservation. There is no fee for
filing the notice of withdrawal.
Revised 05/11
Form 501
Form 501
This space reserved for office use.
Form 501
(Revised 05/11)
Return in duplicate to:
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 13697
Austin, TX 78711-3697
512 463-5555
FAX 512 463-5709
Filing Fee: $40
Application for Reservation
or Renewal of Reservation
of an Entity Name
Entity Name to be Reserved
The name must contain an appropriate organizational designation for the type of entity for which the name is to be reserved.
New application Renewal
If renewal, date and file number for reservation being renewed. Date:
File No.
The undersigned applicant requests that the following entity name be reserved or renewed for a period
of one hundred twenty (120) days:
Entity Type
If the entity is a filing entity not indicated below, check the box for “other” and specify the entity type in the space provided.
The reservation of an entity name is to be used for the following type of entity (choose only one)
Domestic For-profit Corporation Domestic Professional Corporation Foreign Limited Liability Co.
Foreign For-profit Corporation Foreign Professional Corporation Domestic Limited Partnership
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation Professional Association Foreign Limited Partnership
Foreign Nonprofit Corporation Domestic Limited Liability Co. Other
Applicant Name
( )Choose and complete either A or B.
A. The applicant is an organized entity by the name of:
B. The applicant is an individual by the name of:
First Name M. I. Last Name Suffix
Applicant Address
Street or Mailing Address City State Country Zip Code
Form 501
The undersigned signs this document subject to the penalties imposed by law for the submission of a
materially false or fraudulent instrument.
Signature of applicant, applicant’s attorney or agent