Texas Nonprofit FAQ

What is a registered agent? What are the agent’s duties? Where may a registered office be located? Can the Secretary of State be the registered agent of a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership?

A registered agent is an individual Texas resident, domestic entity, or foreign entity that has qualified or registered to transact business in Texas that is responsible for receiving service of process or official notices addressed to an entity.

An entity’s registered office must be a physical address where the registered agent can be served with process during business hours. It cannot be a post office box that is part of a commercial mail or message service unless that commercial enterprise is the registered agent or the registered office is in a city with a population under 5,000.

The Secretary of State cannot serve as an entity’s registered agent.