Search results are produced by the application of search logic
to the name presented to the filing officer. Human judgment does not
play a role in determining the results of the search.
(1) Standard search logic. Subparagraphs (A) - (J)
of this paragraph describe the filing office's standard search logic
and apply to all searches except for those where the search request
specifies that a non-standard search logic be used:
(A) There is no limit to the number of matches that
may be returned in response to the search criteria.
(B) No distinction is made between upper and lower
(C) The character "&" (the ampersand) is deleted
and replaced with the characters "and" each place it appears in the
(D) Punctuation marks and accents are disregarded.
For the purposes of this section, punctuation and accents include
all characters other than the numerals 0 through 9 and letters A through
Z (in any case) of the English alphabet.
(E) The following words and abbreviations at the end
of an organization name that indicate the existence or nature of the
organization are "disregarded" to the extent practicable as determined
by the filing office's programming of its UCC information management
(F) The word "the" at the beginning of an organization
debtor name is disregarded.
(G) All spaces are disregarded.
(H) For first personal name and additional name(s)/initial(s)
of individual debtor names, initials are treated as the logical equivalent
of all names that begin with such initials or no name or initial,
and first personal name and no additional name(s)/initial(s) is equated
with all additional name(s)/initial(s). For example, a search request
for "John A. Smith" would cause the search to retrieve all filings
against all individual debtors with "John" or the initial "J" as the
first personal name, "Smith" as the surname, and with the initial
"A" or any name beginning with "A" or no name or initial in the additional
name(s)/initial(s) field. If the search request were for "John Smith"
(first personal name and surname with no designation in the additional
name(s)/initial(s) field), the search would retrieve all filings against
individual debtors with "John" or the initial "J" as the first personal
name, "Smith" as the surname and with any name or initial or no name
or initial in the additional name(s)/initial(s) field. In addition,
Texas will also retrieve filings with first personal name equivalents.
If the search request were for "John Smith" the search would also
retrieve records with the first personal name "Jack", "Johnnie", "Johnny",
and "Jonathan". The following is a list of all first personal name
equivalents that are considered.
(I) If the name being searched is the surname of an
individual debtor name without any first personal name or additional
name(s)/initial(s) provided, the search will retrieve from the UCC
information management system all financing statements with individual
debtor names with the surname being searched.
(J) After using subparagraphs (A) - (I) of this paragraph
to modify the name being searched, the search will retrieve from the
UCC information management system all Active Records that pertain
to financing statements with debtor names that, after being modified
as provided in this section, exactly match the modified name being
(2) Non-standard search logic. The following non-standard
search logic option is available for customers that have access to
our online search site: wildcard debtor name search. This search option
allows customers to search a character string at the beginning or
anywhere within the organization, surname and/or first personal name
fields. The displayed results consist only of the filing number and
the debtor name.