A Registered Agent in Texas provides various services, such as accepting formal documents and correspondence from the Secretary of State (TX Sec State).
Your corporation must have Texas Registered Agent services at all times. You appoint one when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing agent after formation, provided there is no period during which your business is without a Registered Agent.
The address for your Registered Agent in Texas doesn't need to be the same as your business address. In fact, you can use a Texas virtual mailbox for your business address.
Important: A virtual mailbox is not a replacement for a Registered Agent. They perform two separate functions and per state law, you are required to have a Registered Agent.
What Texas Registered Agents Do
A Registered Agent’s primary function is to accept official correspondence and documentation, including but not limited to:
Having a Registered Agent also allows you to prove to the state that your business exists.
Incfile Provides Free Texas Registered Agent Services for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Texas Registered Agent services for any corporation formed in the state. Even better, if you form your corporation through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Texas and able to legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Texas Registered Agent services include:
Appointing a Registered Agent for Your Corporation
When you're incorporating in Texas, you must appoint a Registered Agent at that time. You can change the agent at any time after that. Here’s how.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your Corporation
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this two ways:
When you create your business, you must include your Registered Agent's information in your Certificate of Formation.
If you form your business through us, you’ll get our Registered Agent service free for one year. We’ll use the information you provide to complete and file your Certificate of Formation for you.
Assign a New Registered Agent After Incorporation
You can also assign someone else as your Registered Agent in Texas after you’ve incorporated. There are a couple of ways to do this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete the Change of Registered Agent/Office form available on the Secretary of State website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the TX Sec State with a filing fee of $15 so they can update your records. The change can also be filed online using the state's online portal.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the forms for you. We’ll collect the pertinent information about your business, complete the form and send it to the TX Sec State on your behalf. We’ll notify you when we officially become your Registered Agent.
Search for Texas Registered Agents
In some situations, you may need to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another TX corporation. You'll find this information in the state's business database. There is a $1 charge for each search.
If you can’t find the Registered Agent information there, you can request it from the Secretary of State.