How To Form An LLC In Texas

To form an LLC in Texas, you must file the formation document called the Texas LLC Certificate of Formation. You file the certificate of formation with the Texas Secretary of State. To complete the filing you must pay a $300 filing fee required by the state. You can file the document online on the Texas Secretary of State’s website (look for the SOSDirect logo). Filing the Texas LLC Certificate of Formation, however, is only the first step to actually forming a Texas LLC. The complete steps to forming a Texas LLC are as follows:

  1. File a document called Texas LLC Certificate of Formation
  2. Pay the $300 filing fee to the Texas Secretary of State
  3. Wait 1 to 2 days and you’ll receive a zip file from the Texas Secretary of State confirming your LLC has been created.
  4. Get a Texas LLC EIN Number
  5. Create a Texas LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Take these documents to the bank and open a bank account for your Texas LLC
  7. If selling taxable goods or services, you’ll need to get a Texas Sales Tax Permit from the Texas Comptroller’s office

How to File a Texas LLC Certificate of Formation

To complete the Texas LLC Certificate of Formation, you must list the following information (for a more indepth description, see Certificate of Formation Requirements at the bottom of this page):

  1. Choose a name for your new LLC
  2. Decide if you want to hire a registered agent service to minimize the public disclosures
  3. Choose whether the LLC member-managed or manager-managed
  4. LLC Purpose
  5. List the LLC Organizer (person filling out the certificate of formation)
  6. Sign the articles of organization
  7. File online and pay $300 with credit card (fastest) or mail into the Secretary of State P.O. Box 13697 Austin, TX 78711-3697 with a check for $300.