Cost to form a Texas LLC

Cost to form a Texas LLC

How much does it cost to register an LLC in Texas?

The cost to register an LLC in Texas is $300. This filing fee is collected by the Texas Secretary of State when the Certificate of Formation is filed. If you hire an attorney or LLC filing service, they will charge an additional service fee. You can see our LLC formation service fee here.

Other Potential LLC Formation Costs in Texas

  1. Convenience Fee ($8.10). If the Certificate of Formation is filed online or the filing fee is paid with a credit card, there is an additional $8.10 convenience fee (2.7% of $300) charged by the state to cover the additional credit card processing fees.
  2. Optional Expediting Fee ($25). If the Certificate of Formation is filed via fax or mail, you'll want to consider paying an extra $25 to expedite the filing (online filings cannot and need not be expedited). Expedited fax and mail filings take about 10 business days, while non-expedited fax/mail filings take closer to 2 months.
  3. Optional Professional Registered Agent (~$120/year). The registered agent is the person designated by the LLC to receive legal notices (i.e., notice of a lawsuit). Typically, one of the LLC's owners will serve as the registered agent and there will be no added costs. If, however, you choose to hire a professional registered agent, you can expect to pay an additional $40 to $350 per year.
  4. Service Fee. There is an additional service fee if you hire an attorney (or use an online formation service) to form your Texas LLC and prepare the LLC's governing documents. Our LLC formation fee is $400 and outlined in detail below.
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Our LLC Formation Service Fee:

We charge a flat fee of $400 (+ the state filing fee described above) to create a Texas LLC.

Our Texas LLC formation service includes (1) attorney consultation; (2) a preliminary name availability search; (3) expedited preparation of the Certificate of Formation; (4) expedited filing of the Certificate of Formation; (5) customized Company Agreement; (6) Organizational Meeting with a banking resolution; (7) the required Membership Transfer Ledger; and (8) an eight page instructional/guidance letter that includes all kinds of good information on using the LLC. For an additional $75, we can get the LLC's federal tax ID (aka EIN) too.

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  • We will review the database of the Secretary of State to see if the name you desire is already taken.Preliminary Name Check
  • If we receive your information by 2:00 pm Central, we will prepare and file your Certificate of Formation on the same day.Expedited Document Preparation
  • The Certificate of Formation is the document that is filed with the Texas Secretary of State. The filing of the Certificate of Formation is only the first step to forming a business.Prepare Certificate of Formation
  • The Secretary of State charges $308.10 to e-file a Certificate of Formation.File Certificate of Formation with TX SOS
  • We will email all documents to you in PDF format as soon as they are ready. Email Delivery of Documents
  • At your request, we will hire a professional registered agent to serve as the registered agent for a discounted price of $120/year.Hire a Registered Agent upon request
  • Free 15 minute consultation with our business formation attorney.Free 15 Minute Attorney Consultation
  • This is a 8 page letter that explains the Texas LLC and provides guidance on staying in compliance.Compliance Instructions
  • This is the governing document of an LLC.Customized Operating Agreement
  • The organizational meeting is how the business issues ownership interests, elects officers, approves the governing document, etc.Organizational Meeting Minutes
  • This is a resolution that authorizes an agent to open a bank account on behalf of the LLC.Resolution for Banking
  • This is used to track who owns the LLCCompleted Transfer Ledger
  • Generally, businesses need an EIN. An EIN will be required to open bank accounts and lines of credit, hire employees or set up benefit plans.Federal Tax ID# (EIN) Obtainment
  • An LLC can be taxed as an S-Corp (or even C-Corp).Prepare Tax Election
  • The company book is a high-quality leatherette three ring binder where important business documents are kept. If you request a company book, we will compile the formation documents and other items ordered from us within the book before mailing the finished product to you.Company Book
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  • $400

    +State Filing Fee

  • +$75
  • +$75
  • +$250

What LLC filing options are available in Texas?

...and what is the cost of each filing method?

There are four ways to submit a Certificate of Formation in Texas (listed in order of processing speed):

  1. SOS Direct - $300 + $8.10 (2.7% convenience fee)
  2. SOS Upload - $300 + $8.10 (2.7% convenience fee)
  3. Expedited Filing by Fax or Mail - $300 + $25 expediting fee (+2.7% convenience fee if paid via credit card)
  4. Non-Expedited Filing by Fax or Mail - $300 (+2.7% convenience fee if paid via credit card)
Due to the quick processing times, all of our client's LLCs are submitted via SOS Direct. You can read more about processing times in our article: How long does it take to form a Texas LLC?

How much does it cost to register a Foreign LLC in Texas LLC?

An LLC formed outside of Texas (a "foreign LLC") that does business in Texas must register in Texas. The filing fee for the Application to Register Foreign LLC in Texas is $750 (+2.7% convenience fee if paid with credit card).

If you'd like for us to register an existing foreign LLC in Texas, we charge a service fee of $100 (+ the filing and convenience fees described above).

Annual Filing Fees/Costs to Maintain a Texas LLC

Unlike other states, there are no fees to maintain a Texas LLC. Texas does require every LLC to file an annual report (aka a Franchise Tax Report and Public Information Report) no later than May 15th each year, but these reports are free to file.

If your LLC generates more than a certain amount (in 2022: $1.23MM in revenue in a given calendar year), the state will impose a franchise tax (aka privilege tax).

Read more about the annual costs of a Texas LLC.

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Zachary Copp, Esq.

Attorney at The Copp Law Firm

Mr. Copp is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the founder of The Copp Law Firm. He has personally formed over 3,000 Texas LLCs since 2015 and was recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers® for seven straight years. See full bio →

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