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How to Register as a Texas Vendor

Are you ready to tap into Texas-sized business opportunities? Before you get started, first make sure you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you in good standing with the state?
  • If applicable, is your franchise tax account status “ACTIVE”?
  • Have you reviewed the franchise tax FAQs, the list of taxable entities and the Texas franchise tax forms?
  • Have you confirmed whether your business entity is subject to the franchise tax?

Additionally, be sure you have the following information readily available to enter as part of the registration process:

  1. An Employer Identification Number (EIN) issued by the IRS is REQUIRED for registration.
    1. To obtain an EIN number, go to the IRS website C3 or contact by phone at 800-829-4933. Foreign address vendors (addresses outside the continental USA including the states of Alaska and Hawaii) should contact IRS at 215-516-6999. The Comptroller's office takes a proactive approach in the prevention of identity theft and does not accept social security numbers for registration.
  2. Your company business structure and ownership details.
  3. The list of purchasing class and item codes closest to the actual product or service which can be provided.
  4. The relevant Texas highway district(s) where your products or services are available/deliverable.

If you answered yes to all of the questions, and you have all the information noted above readily available, let’s get started!

Step 1 - Create User Profile

To register for the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to be a state vendor or to apply for Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certification, you need to set up your MyCPA user account.

  1. Create Profile
    • Go to the Login screen and click “Sign up”.
    • Set up your own unique user ID, email address, name, telephone number and password.
    • Please keep your information current – this helps the Comptroller’s office provide you with the best customer service.
  2. Select a security question and answer (required for "Forgot User ID" or "Forgot Password.")
  3. Accept the Terms of Use

Step 2 - Begin CMBL and/or HUB application process by establishing your State Vendor Account

  • On the eSystems Menu, select the “Apply for CMBL or HUB” and continue following the prompts as instructed through the registration process.
  • If applying for HUB certification, please note that the application must be notarized, and therefore, you will be prompted to print out the application and documentation checklist at the end of the registration process. The notarized application and copies of the documents identified on the checklist must be submitted to the Statewide HUB Program for evaluation and determination of the company’s HUB eligibility. HUB certification is free of charge.
  • If applying for CMBL, please note that the annual registration fee is $70.00. After you have completed the registration process, you will have the option of submitting the registration fee online with a credit/debit card or check/debit (U.S. addresses only), or mailing the payment in for processing.