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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Texas

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Texas, you must file an Application for Registration for a Nonprofit Corporation or Cooperative Association. You can submit this document by mail, by fax, or in person. The Application for Registration for a Nonprofit Corporation or Cooperative Association for a Texas foreign nonprofit corporation costs $25 to file (plus a 2.7% convenience fee if you pay by credit card). Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Registration for a Nonprofit Corporation or Cooperative Association and register a foreign nonprofit in Texas. Or, you can simply sign up for our Texas Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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Download the Texas Application for Registration for a Nonprofit Corporation or Cooperative Association. Fill out the form and submit it to the state.

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How do I qualify my foreign non profit corporation in Texas?

Get your out-of-state non profit authorized with the Secretary of State before you begin operating in Texas. There are penalties for jumping the gun.

You qualify a foreign non profit by filing the Application for Registration for a Nonprofit Corporation or Cooperative Association in duplicate with the filing fee to the Texas Secretary of State. You can deliver it by mail, fax or in person.

If your corporate name is not available in Texas, you can file your application under an assumed name by filing at the same time the Assumed Name Certificate and include an extra $25 filing fee.

What is the cost to register a foreign non profit in Texas?

The filing fee is $25. Pay with a check or money order, cash or credit card. If fax-filing or paying by credit card, include the Payment Form from the department. Texas adds a 2.7% convenience fee for credit card payments, making the filing fee $25.68.

How long does it take for Texas to process my foreign qualification?

Texas takes about a week to process your filing. You can request one-day service for an additional $25.

Do I need a Certificate of Good Standing from my home state?


Will I need a Texas Registered Agent for my foreign nonprofit?

Yes, and if you hire Northwest you will have all the needed forms ready for your Texas nonprofit in your online account.

Does the Texas registered agent have to sign my foreign qualification?


Will I have to describe the purpose of my foreign non profit?

Texas just needs a general “any lawful purpose” clause. Non profits should be specific. It will make things easier later.

Are there any annual report requirements for foreign nonprofits in Texas?

You will have to file the annual franchise tax to the Texas Comptroller until you are granted the Texas tax exemption. The secretary of state will request a periodic report every four years with a $5 fee.

What do I need to fundraise in Texas?

Most charities have no further registration requirements to start looking for donations. The only exceptions are if your charity raises money for law enforcement or military veterans. You can find the information for those registrations at our TX Charity Registration page.

Are there any weird things about qualifying in Texas?

Texas is one of the few states that will qualify a foreign corporation without a certificate of good standing from the home state.

File with:

Texas Secretary of State
P.O. Box 13697
Austin, TX 78711-3697
or walk it in: James Earl Rudder Office Building
1019 Brazos
Austin, TX 78701

Phone:  (512) 463-5555
Name availability:  (512) 463-5555 then 7-1-1
Fax:  (512) 463-5709
Email:  corpinfo@sos.state.tx.us

Why us?

Our TX registered agent service will be the most comprehensive nonprofit registered agent service you will find. When you hire us as your registered agent, we not only monitor your Texas Secretary of State requirements, we send you filing reminders for tax exempt status, and charity fundraising registrations. You also get all Texas forms available instantly in your online account.

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