Every business entity formed in Texas needs to formally appoint a person or business to act as a Registered Agent. Your Texas Registered Agent provides various services to TX LLCs, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Texas Secretary of State.
Your LLC must have a Texas Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing TX Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.
Here’s some important information from the Texas Secretary of State on TX Registered Agent services:
“The Texas Business Organizations Code (“BOC”) requires every domestic or foreign filing entity to maintain a registered agent and office in Texas. The BOC also permits the filing of an appointment of agent for service of process by an unincorporated nonprofit association. Additionally, the Texas Finance Code permits a Texas financial institution to appoint an agent for service of process.
An entity’s registered agent is an agent of the entity on whom may be served any process, notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served on the entity.
An entity’s registered office must be a physical address in Texas where the registered agent can be served with process during business hours. The registered office is also where the Office of the Secretary of State will mail correspondence. A registered office is the business office address of the registered agent and may be the same as the entity’s place of business. It cannot, however, be a post office box that is part of a commercial mail or message service unless that commercial enterprise is the registered agent.”
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Texas Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
Note that the TX Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Texas LLC business address.
What can you expect from your Texas Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the TX Secretary of State. This includes:
Incfile provides a complete Texas Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in TX. Even better, if you choose to incorporate your Texas business 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 can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what the Infile Texas Registered Agent service provides for your TX LLC.
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Texas LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Your business needs to have a Texas Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Certificate of Formation. This is the form that you file with the TX Secretary of State to formally create your business.
When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Certificate of Formation based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Texas Registered Agent Service for the first year and we’ll include details of your TX Registered Agent in the form that we file.
You can also change your TX Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Texas Registered Agent, you can complete form 401 - Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office, which is available on the TX Secretary of State website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State so they can update your records. The Texas SOS may charge a nominal fee to assign or change a Registered Agent.
When you choose to use our TX Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete form 401 - Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office on your behalf and send it to the Texas Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent. Note that the Texas SOS may charge a nominal fee to assign or change a Registered Agent, which will be passed on to you.
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Texas LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Texas Secretary of State, as these will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.
If the TX Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Texas Secretary of State requesting the information.
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Texas Secretary of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:
If you have an address in Texas, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
Yes. All TX LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Texas Secretary of State.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Texas business through paperwork filed with the TX Secretary of State or afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we will file all necessary forms on your behalf.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it, for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you just need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Texas Secretary of State.
Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Due Date: Both reports are due between January 1st and no later than May 15th.
Filing Fee:There is no charge for the Public Information Report. The Franchise Tax Fee is based on the revenue of the LLC.
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