Form an LLC in Texas

Form an LLC in Texas

We make it easy to form a Texas LLC

Packages start at $79 (plus state fees)

Form your Limited Liability Company today.  We will file your Articles of Organization with the Texas Secretary of State office. SunDoc Filings will help navigate the bureaucratic filing process for you and take care of the basic details needed to form an LLC in Texas.  



For already prepared documents, skip to step 3


Step 1: Check name availability

Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we will check which name is available.

Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles

Our online form will walk you through all required information.

Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options

Select the appropriate filing package or choose from the a la carte options.


Routine:  7 - 10 business days

Rush: 24 Hours


We will confirm your order via email within one hour during normal business hours.



Your filing is now on its way! If we receive your Texas LLC's Articles of Organization by 12 p.m. PST M-F, your filing will be submitted the same day it was received. The date submitted will become the file date of your new entity. The Secretary of State office will take at a few weeks to process routine orders. Keep in mind that if you mail the document to the state yourself, like many filing services do, you will have to wait SEVERAL MONTHS. When the state is approves your document, they will issue a state entity number and a certified copy We will immediately fax or email the filed document to you. We will return the certified copy via regular mail. FedEx is available for an additional fee.


Your Post-Filing Responsibilities

File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Organization are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information. This includes the business address of the entity, the names and addresses of the members, the agent for service of process, and a brief description of the business. When we send you the certified (filed) copy of the Articles of Organization, we will include a Statement of Information form.  Add this to your order if you would like us to file it for you.

Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new Texas LLC. Simply add it to your order or fill out our online EIN order form and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.

Texas LLC Kit: Our LLC Kits include a custom binder, 20 customized membership certificates, printed minutes, operating agreement, LLC seal embosser, and FedEx 2nd Day shipping. You can order the Texas LLC kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page.



The SunDoc Filings Advantage


  • We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
  • All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
  • Most filing companies mail in your filings


Texas LLC Formation Guidelines



The LLC name may not be the same as, or deceptively similar to the name of any domestic or foreign entity Secretary of State without written consent of the holder of the similar conflicting name. It may not contain any word or phrase which indicates or implies that the LLC is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes contained in its articles of organization. The name of the limited liability company must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or “Limited Company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.,” “LLC,” “LC” or “L.C.” The word “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” or “LTD” and the word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.” An available name may be reserved for a 120-day period.



A limited liability company may be formed by one or more natural persons of at least the age of 18.



An LLC can be formed with one or more members.



The period of duration of the limited liability company may be perpetual.



A limited liability company may be organized to transact of any or all lawful business for which limited liability companies may be organized under the laws of Texas.


Record Keeping Requirements

The limited liability company must maintain an office, which may be but need not be a place of its business in Texas or its registered office, where its records will be kept. We cannot provide this office.


Registered Agent & registered Office

The limited liability company must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Texas.


Filing Procedures

Submit to the Secretary of State one (1) executed original and one (1) copy of the Articles of Organization. The Secretary of State returns one (1) copy of the Articles of Organization with the Certificate of Organization affixed thereto as evidence of filing. Submit to the Comptroller of Public Accounts upon receipt of evidence of formation the Texas.Taxpayer Questionnaire. The questionnaire will be used to determine the entities franchise tax responsibility in the State of Texas.


Ongoing Requirements

Upon formation of an LLC, there are additional steps and ongoing requirements to keep your LLC in good standing and preserve the limited liability provision for its owners. 

Texas LLC taxes

  • Annual report and franchise tax. Texas requires LLCs to file a Franchise Tax and Public Information Report with the Comptroller of Public Accounts and is due between January 1 and May 15. The fee is calculated based on taxable margin.
  • Taxes. For more details for Texas LLCs, visit the State of Texas website or contact a CPA for additional information.
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for LLCs that will have employees. Please note that most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Texas does not require a state tax identification number.

Business licenses in Texas

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses in Texas. SunDoc Filings can provide additional information upon request.




Texas LLC Frequently Asked Questions


What is the benefit of using SunDoc Filings in Texas? 
We visit the Texas Secretary of State daily and submit all filings received by 12:00 noon that same day. We treat all of our filings on an expedited basis and do not charge extra fees unless mandated by the state. Many filing companies will simply mail in the filings unless you pay for "rush"  or premium services. The following guidelines are especially helpful if you are preparing your own Texas Articles of Organization.

Questions about LLC Formation Guidelines?

How many members and managers are required in Texas?
At least one member is required in Texas.  
 What is a Registered Agent?
 A Registered Agent is an individual or a business designated to receive service of process (SOP) in the event a corporation is party to a lawsuit. For example, if your corporation is ever involved in a lawsuit, the plaintiff’s attorney and or the court will serve your corporation via a process server to inform you of the suit. State filing agencies require that a corporation designate a Registered Agent to receive the legal document from the process server. The Registered Agent must maintain a physical address (no P.O. Boxes or PMB’s) in the states of the corporations they represent. The Registered Agent is also required to be available at the physical address Monday through Friday during normal business hours to accept service of process. The name and address of the Registered Agent is a matter of public record.
Can SunDoc Filings help me obtain a Registered Agent?
Yes we can. SunDoc Filings helps companies fufill the Registered Agent requirement for a small annual fee. SunDoc Filings will appoint a Registered Agent to act on your company’s behalf and forward all service of process to you immediately. We provide this service in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More information
What are operating agreements and how do I obtain or prepare them?
A corporation's bylaws are the company's rules and regulations. For a Limited Liability Company, they are called an operating agreement. Sample bylaws are provided when you order a corporate or LLC kit. Companies do not file the bylaws or operating agreements with the Secretary of State. Instead, bylaws or operating agreements are kept with internal company records.

Questions about Incorporating?

How do I form an LLC in Texas?
To form an LLC, a prospective company must prepare and file Articles of Organization with the state authorities. You must also pay filing fees and any applicable initial franchise taxes or other fees. The information required for Filing Articles of Organization varies by state and type of business. If you want to form your LLC through SunDoc Filings, just complete our order form online and we will prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation.  
Do I need an attorney to form an LLC in Texas?
No. You can prepare and file the Articles of Organization yourself, but you should understand the requirements of your intended home state. If you are unsure if a business entity will benefit your business, or what business type you should form, you should consult an attorney or accountant.
In what state is it best for me to form an LLC?
Your home state is not always the best choice.  Some states offer better tax benefits than others, but keep in mind that legal matters must be settled in your state of incorporation.  Once again, if you are not sure, contact an attorney or CPA for advice.
Should I form an LLC or a Corporation in Texas?
Corporations and LLCs are both excellent choices for business owners looking to minimize their personal liability and build credibility. Each entity offers distinctly different tax and business advantages and choosing the right one should be determined by your specific business needs. Your industry may also dictate the type of entity that can be formed. Contact a CPA or attorney for professional advice.
Corporations offer personal liability protection, tax savings and increased opportunities for raising capital. Corporations are required to perform certain duties such as holding annual meetings and keeping detailed corporate records (minutes). Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) offer the same personal liability protection as corporations, but with fewer requirements. LLCs also offer great tax flexibility. Members can choose to be taxed as either a traditional corporation or as a "pass-through" entity.
Do I need to file a DBA (assumed name) in Texas?
Depending on your type of business entity, it may be required or recommended to file a DBA. A DBA (Doing Business As) or assumed name is the legal term for registering your business name. In some jurisdictions it is called a fictitious owner affidavit or fictitious business name. Its purpose is to prevent confusion and fraud in the marketplace. Because real names and addresses are required on the application, creditors and other interested parties can connect a business name to the actual owner of the business by looking up its DBA. Filing a DBA protects the public from fraudulent use of a name by preventing someone from hiding behind a business name. It also protects the registered business from others who might try to impersonate them by doing business under that name. A sole proprietorship is not always required to file for a DBA since an owner can operate under their actual name. However, this may cause difficulties when taxes are calculated because it can be hard to tell when a purchase was for the business and when it was for personal use. For accounting reasons, filing a DBA is recommended. Having a legal DBA name on file also means bank accounts and credit can be opened in that name. Simple partnerships have the same requirements as sole proprietorships and a DBA is not required if the business operates under the partners’ true names. A limited partnership does have to file for a DBA at the Secretary of State’s Office as part of the paperwork necessary to create a limited partnership. Other business structures – C Corp, S Corp, LLC – have name registration built into the formal process of the entity creation. The formal name in these cases will include Inc. or LLC or Corp. as part of the name to identify the type of business to the public. The local government authority (usually at the county level) will accept and register a DBA name. Although the requirements vary by jurisdiction, in general the owner or authorized representative personally fills out a form at the county treasurer's office. Other county departments that accept DBA applications are the County Register of Deeds or the Secretary of State.