A Texas Registered Agent provides various services, such as accepting formal documents and correspondence from the Texas Secretary of State (TX SOS).
Your LLC must have a Texas Registered Agent 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 Texas Registered Agent does not 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:
- State and federal government correspondence and notices
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
- Correspondence from the TX SOS
- Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Having a Registered Agent also allows you to prove to the state that your business exists.
Incfile Provides a Free Texas Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Texas Registered Agent service for any LLC formed in the state. Even better, if you form your LLC 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 LLC
When you're forming an LLC 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 LLC
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 Formation
You can also assign someone else as your TX Registered Agent after you’ve started your LLC. 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 TX SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $15 so they can update your records.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect the pertinent information about your business, complete the form and send it to the TX SOS on your behalf. We’ll notify you when we officially become your Registered Agent.
Texas Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you may need to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Texas. 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.
What Happens if You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Texas. If you’re forming an LLC outside the state, you’ll need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
- Someone must always be available during business hours at the Texas address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the TX SOS website. If you prefer to keep your name and address private, you should use a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the Secretary of State for the new address. This won't be necessary if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.