What is a registered agent?

Before filing your Certificate of Formation (Form 205) with the Secretary of State, you need to choose a Registered Agent for your Texas LLC.

Texas Registered Agent is a person or company who agrees to accept legal mail on behalf of your Texas LLC in case your business gets sued. This “legal mail” is known as service of process.

The Texas Secretary of State will also use your Registered Agent’s address as your LLC’s point of contact for official notices sent to your business.

As per Section 5.201, your LLC’s Registered Agent must have a physical street address located in Texas.

A Texas Registered Agent address (called the Registered Office) can’t be:

  • a PO Box address
  • a mailbox rental service or telephone answering service

Your Texas Registered Agent should also be available (generally speaking) during normal business hours (9am – 5pm) in case Service of Process arrives.

Service of Process includes the delivery of legal documents such as:

  • writ
  • complaint
  • summons
  • subpoena