When you form an LLC in Texas you need to assign a Registered Office & Registered Agent.
The Registered Agent (a person, or a company) will need be available at the Registered Office during normal business hours.
A Registered Office is an address (it can be a home, office or business address) located in the state of Texas.
It doesn’t have to be an “office” address where the LLC is located/doing business (the Texas Secretary of State doesn’t need to know this), but rather, this is a place where they know that “service of process” can be given to someone on behalf of the LLC.
In plain English, “service of process” is where a government official delivers legal/court documents such as subpoenas, summons, mandates or warrants.
Think of the Registered Office as your LLC’s “point of contact”, where the Texas Secretary of State knows that someone can be reached during normal business hours.
It’s common for LLCs to never receive “service of process”, but the Registered Office is a requirement when forming your Texas LLC.
The Registered Office cannot be a P.O. Box, a mailbox service center or a telephone answering service. It needs to a physical street address where someone is present during normal business hours.
It is most common that many entrepreneurs just use their home address, or an office address.
If you do not have a Texas address, and you do not know anyone who has a Texas address, you can hire a Registered Agent (this costs $100-$200 per year) and they’ll supply you with a Texas address and they will also act as your Registered Agent too (more on this towards the end of the page).
Next, we’ll discuss who can act as your Texas LLC’s Registered Agent.
A Registered Agent is a person, or a company, who is able to receive “service of process” (legal/court documents) on behalf of your Texas LLC.
The Registered Agent can be either a person, or a company.
Person as Registered Agent
If you choose an individual, it can be a member of the LLC, or a non-member.
It can be you.
It can be a business partner
It can be a family member.
It can be a relative.
It can be a colleague.
It can be anyone… so long as they agree to act as your LLC’s Registered Agent.
The only stipulation is that they need to have a street address (not a PO Box) located in Texas.
Company as Registered Agent
The LLC cannot act as its own Registered Agent, so typically, the only reason that you would use a company as your Registered Agent is if you don’t live in the state of Texas, or if you don’t know anyone who lives in the state that will act as your Registered Agent.
In this case, you’ll need to hire a Registered Agent (we briefly mentioned this above) and they will act as your Texas LLC’s Registered Agent. They will also provide you with an address to use for the Registered Office.
Typical fees for a hiring a Registered Agent (again, they also provide an address for the Registered Office) are $100-$200 per year.
You can do a simple google search for “Registered Agents in Texas“, or you can use Northwest Registered Agent (they have great customer service and some of the lowest fees).
Here’s a link to their site: Northwest Registered Agent – for Texas LLCs
Things to Remember
1. Since the Registered Agent is linked to the Registered Office (the state assumes that the Registered Agent is located at the Registered Office), you’ll need to make sure the person (or company you hire) has an address in Texas.
2. The Registered Agent is a person or company that can receive “service of process” on your LLC’s behalf.
3. The Registered Office must be a street address (no PO boxes or mailbox centers) located in Texas where the Registered Agent is located during normal business hours.
4. It’s most common for people forming an LLC in Texas to act as the LLC’s Registered Agent and use their home address as the Registered Office. This is usually the simplest route to go.
5. This doesn’t mean that if you use your home address as the Registered Office and yourself as the Registered Agent that you need to be sitting around Monday through Friday 9am-5pm ready for mail to come, but rather, that there is usually someone there who can receive mail.
It’s not likely that court documents are arriving at your doorstep often (at least we hope not).
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