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Registered Agents and Your Texas LLC

Your Texas LLC needs to have a “Registered Agent.” They’re chosen by you and can accept legal notices and other correspondence for your Texas Limited Liability Company (LLC) on your behalf.

There are a couple of rules on choosing registered agents:

  • If you choose a person, they must reside in Texas
  • If you choose a business, they must be able to conduct business in Texas

At Incfile we provide a comprehensive registered agent service that’s free for the first year if you incorporate through us.

Our registered agent service includes a dashboard where you can review documents received, automatic notification of correspondence and free forwarding of all documentation.

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Texas Registered Agents and What They Might Deal With

Your Texas registered agent may receive, on behalf of your LLC:

  • Correspondence from the Texas Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices, for example if your Texas LLC is sued or required to appear in court
  • Official state and federal government correspondence and notifications
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

If your business doesn’t have a street address in Texas, you still need an agent to accept important documents. The name and address of your registered agent should be provided to the Texas Secretary of State.

A registered agent might also be known as a “Corporate Agent,” "Resident Agent," “Agent for Service of Process” or "Statutory Agent."

Acting As Your Own Registered Agent for Your Texas LLC

If you live in Texas, you might choose to be the registered agent for your LLC. Be aware that there may be some drawbacks to this:

  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business. If you can’t always be available, consider using a third-party service like Incfile.
  • The registered agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the Texas Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, you might choose a registered agent service.
  • If you change your Texas business address or move out of state, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the secretary of state for the new address of your registered agent.

If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent for Your Texas LLC

Failing to have a registered agent in Texas can cause your business issues. These include:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it — if your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgement in your absence.
  • Failing to meet filing deadlines — Texas LLCs need to file certain documents with the secretary of state. If you are not able to do this you could face fines and penalties.
  • Losing your status as a Texas LLC — A registered agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Texas LLC may be dissolved.

Incfile Will Provide a Registered Agent for Texas on Behalf of Your LLC

Here at Incfile, we have an expert registered agent service. We provide the first year of this service completely for free if you choose to form your LLC with us. After the first year, it’s only $119 for subsequent years — a small price for your peace of mind. Here’s what our service provides:

  • An always available registered agent service that can receive correspondence, documents, and legal proceedings on your behalf
  • A digital dashboard where you can access, store, and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business.
  • Automatic forwarding of all correspondence, documentation, and information directly to you

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Texas?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$300 1 Week 2 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

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.

Public Information & Franchise Tax Report

Frequency: Annually

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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