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Updated on April 29, 2024

A Texas registered agent is a representative of a corporation upon whom any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law can be served. The agent’s duty is to formally receive official documents and forward them to the corporation.[1] Every entity registered in Texas must continuously maintain a registered agent.[2]

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Registered Agent Search

Step 1 – Visit the Secretary of State’s SOSDirect page. Click “enter site.”

Step 2 – Either enter your SOSDirect User ID and password and click “Submit” or click “request for SOSDirect Account” to sign up. Once logged in, search for an entity name and the registered agent associated. Each search costs $1.

Who can be a Registered Agent?

A registered agent can be an individual resident of Texas or a corporation authorized to do business in Texas. A corporation cannot be its own agent.[3]

The agent must have a physical address, which doubles as the entity’s registered office. The agent should be available at this address during normal business hours. A mailbox service or a telephone answering service is not sufficient.

Designating a Registered Agent

The most typical way for an entity to designate a registered agent is to include the agent’s name and address in its formation document.

To form an entity in Texas, select from the following forms. Complete the form, then send it, together with the filing fee, to the Secretary of State, P.O. Box 13697, Austin, TX 78711-3697.

  • Domestic Corporation
  • Domestic Nonprofit
  • Domestic Limited Liability Company
  • Domestic Limited Partnership
  • Foreign Corporation
  • Foreign Nonprofit
  • Foreign Limited Liability Company
  • Foreign Limited Partnership
  • Foreign Limited Liability Partnership

Changing a Registered Agent

An entity can change its registered agent by filing a Statement of Change.[4] The agent must sign the statement to verify that the entity was informed of the change at least 10 days before filing.[5]

Once completed, the Statement of Change should be submitted to the Secretary of State, P.O. Box 13697, Austin, TX 78711-3697. The filing fee is $15.[6]

Statement of Change

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Resigning as a Registered Agent

A registered agent can resign by filing Form 402 with the Secretary of State. The statement must be filed before the 11th day after the entity is notified.

The resignation becomes effective 31 days after filing. Failing to maintain a registered agent continuously can put an entity at risk of being terminated, so it’s important that the entity files a Statement of Change (Form 401) after Form 402 is filed.

Form 402 

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  1. Tex. Bus. Org. Code § 5.206
  2. Tex. Bus. Org. Code § 5.201
  3. Tex. Bus. Org. Code § 5.206(B)
  4. Tex. Bus. Org. Code § 5.202
  5. Tex. Bus. Org. Code § 5.203
  6. Filing Fees