A registered agent is a business or individual who serves as a company’s representative. They are typically tasked with accepting documents on the LLC’s behalf, including official government correspondence. This can include service of process notices, tax information, communication from the Secretary of State, and notices of lawsuits. Registered agents act as a middle-man, as it is their job to see that members of the LLC receive these documents.
Texas Requirements For Individual Registered Agents
In Texas, individuals are capable of serving as registered agents, so long as they meet a few requirements set forth by the Secretary of State’s office.
- The registered agent is a Texas resident
- The individual provides a street address that serves as the business’ registered office
- The individual is at least 18 years old
- An officer, owner, or employee of the business may serve as the business’ registered agent
Texas Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent
A business could also elect to have a third-party company serve as their registered agent, so long as the company meets these requirements.
- The company is registered or authorized to do business in Texas
- The company has a business office at the same address as the entity’s registered office
- An entity may not serve as its own registered agent
- The Secretary of State, or other governmental agency or authority, cannot serve as an entity’s registered agent
DoMyLLC Can Serve As Your Registered Agent
It’s critical that new business owners find a registered agent upon who they can trust and rely. At DoMyLLC, we offer registered agent services to those looking to file as an LLC or corporation in the state of Texas. When hiring us to serve as a registered agent, business owners can rest assured that they are receiving reliable, professional services, including:
- A physical address in the state of Texas, meeting requirements set forth by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- An office available during business hours from Monday through Friday. We can accept all legal correspondence for a company.
- A secure online account where business owners can manage your documents.
- An innovative management system design making it easier than ever for business owners to handle all legal correspondence, even if they’re not in the state.
- A compliance reminder system that informs business owners when annual report filings are due, ensuring they never miss a deadline.
- A compliance calendar, which is an easy-to-view method that allows owner to track when annual reports are due.
- A vast document library that includes both state and internal paperwork for Corporations and LLCs
- Links to state and government agencies
- Unlimited document storage
If businesses in Texas miss important deadlines, such as annual report filings, they could be subject to harsh penalties. When hiring DoMyLLC as a registered agent, business owners can trust that their information will be uploaded to the online management system immediately upon delivery and that they will never miss an important deadline. DoMyLLC allows business owners to focus on running their business instead of having to burden themselves with compliance paperwork.
How To Change Your Texas Registered Agent
If you are a business owner in the state of Texas who is not satisfied with the registered agent currently representing your company, it’s possible that you can make a change.
- Hire a New Agent – First and foremost, business owners must secure a new agent. Because Texas requires companies to have a registered agent at all times, it’s crucial that business owners have a new agent in place before beginning the process of removing their existing agent.
- File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State – After securing a new registered agent, companies will have to file a Form 401, Change of Registered Agent/Office. When completing this form, business owners must provide the information of the existing agent and the new agent. Additionally, the new registered agent must sign the form indicating they accept the responsibility of serving as a registered agent of the entity. Unfortunately unlike other states, Texas business owners do not have the option of changing their registered agent information when submitting their annual report.
- Pay the Filing Fee – The fees to change registered agents in Texas vary depending on what type of business entity files the document. You can find more information about fee structures in the table below. Businesses can pay the fees by personal checks, money orders, or with a major credit card.
State Filing Fees
When filing forms with the Secretary of State’s office, Texas business owners should pay careful attention to the filing fees associated with each document. In Texas, filing fees can fluctuate depending on when businesses file the forms and their purpose for doing so. We’ve included tables below to help clarify Texas state filing fees.
|Entity Type||State Fee Registered Agent Change|
|Domestic Texas Corporation||$15|
|Domestic Texas Limited Liability Company||$15|
|Domestic Texas Non-Profit Corporations||$5|
|Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP)||$15|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporations||$5-$15|
|Foreign Limited Liability Companies||$15|
|Corporation Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Texas Corporation||$300|
|Domestic Texas Non-Profit Corporation||$25|
|Foreign Corporation Qualification||$750|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporation||$25|
|LLC Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Texas Limited Liability Company||$300|
|Domestic Texas Partnerships||$200-$750|
|Foreign Limited Liability Company Qualification||$750|
|Foreign Partnership Qualification||$200-$750|