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How to Apply for a Texas Business License

The State of Texas requires special business licenses for a variety of professions. Each trade and profession has its own particular rules for licensing, renewals, and maintaining certification. If your business requires a specific license, you will need to undergo the proper training, certification and licensing for that industry.

You can apply for a Texas business license by clicking on the appropriate link below and finding the necessary form to file (search for Forms in the sidebar). Forms can be downloaded from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website.

List of Texas Business Licenses

To see profession-specific information, click on the links above.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is responsible for managing Texas business licenses. In many cases, you can apply for a Texas business license online, as well as handle renewals and license information updates.

Additional Online Services

Searching Licenses

If you need to look up a company’s Texas business license, you can use the TDLR License Data Search. You can use the following information to find an already existing license holder:

  • License Type
  • License Number
  • Expiration Date
  • Name
  • City
  • County
  • Zip Code

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