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Forming an LLC in Texas

Each state has different requirements for forming a limited liability company (LLC). Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you'll want to understand the state requirements for LLC formation.

Acceptable LLC Names in Texas

A Texas LLC’s name must end with "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," "Ltd. Co.," "LC," "LLC" or "L.L.C." Symbols cannot be used in the name. Names submitted with superscript letters or numbers or subscript letters or numbers will not appear in that format in the official company name. The name may not contain the word "Lottery" and it cannot imply a purpose other than that stated in the Certificate of Formation. In addition, names that are the same as or deceptively similar to the name (or reserved name) of any domestic or foreign LLC are not permitted without written consent from the other LLC.  Words related to education, banking and veterans require prior approval from state agencies prior to use.

Texas’s Requirements for LLC Members and Managers

  • There must be at least one member/manager.
  • Members or manager are not required to reside in the state.
  • Texas does not have an age requirement for LLC members or managers.

Requirements for Texas Articles of Organization

A Texas LLC is created when a Certificate of Formation approved by the state.  Texas requires members or manager names be listed in the Certificate of Formation.  

LLC Must Have a Registered Agent

Every Texas LLC must appoint a registered agent as part of the formation process. The Certificate of Formation requires the name and address of a registered agent. The registered agent must have a physical address (no post office boxes) in Texas and must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.

Can Professionals Operate as an LLC in Texas?

Professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, can form professional limited liability companies (PLLCs) in Texas.

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