Posted by: Aug 11, 2021

how long does it take to get an llc in texas

It typically takes around 5-7 business days to form an LLC in Texas.

However, the process can be longer or shorter depending on a variety of factors.

Don’t know where to begin? Call The Curley Law Firm today.

Texas business formation lawyer Adam Curley can help you get started as you work toward setting up your Texas LLC. 

Detailed Timeline to Form an LLC in Texas

You might be wondering, How long does it take to form or set up an LLC in Texas? If so, you are not alone. 

The process of setting up an LLC can seem intimidating. However, as long as you know what to expect and have someone in your corner who can help you navigate the process, you can do it successfully.

Follow these steps to help you get started on forming your Texas LLC as efficiently as possible.

Step 1: Gather the Information You Need to File Your Certificate of Formation

Before filing any paperwork to formally register your Texas LLC, make sure that you have all the information you need to begin the formation process.

Information that you will need to have ready to complete your registration includes: 

  • The name and address of your LLC; 
  • The name and address of the designated registered agent for the business; 
  • Whether the LLC will be member-managed or manager-managed; 
  • A statement of purpose for the LLC; and
  • The name and address of the organizers for the LLC.

Unless and until you have these items prepared, you will not be able to proceed with the next step. Thus, make sure you have all of the information you need on hand prior to moving forward.

Step 2: File Your Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of State

To form your LLC, you must complete and file a Certificate of Formation (Form 205) with the Texas Secretary of State. So long as you have all the pertinent information you need to complete the Certificate of Formation, this step shouldn’t take too long. 

Make sure to submit the appropriate fee at the time of filing your Certificate of Formation.

As of the date of this article, the filing fee for an LLC Certificate of Formation is $300. Nevertheless, always check with the Secretary of State before filing for the most up-to-date fee information.

You can submit your completed Certificate of Formation filing by mail, fax, or online. Note, however, that the Secretary of State can’t make a final determination until it receives and processes the form.

Thus, the method of filing can affect the speed with which you will ultimately be able to register your Texas LLC. 

Step 3: Review and Processing by the Texas Secretary of State

Once you’ve submitted your Certificate of Formation to the Texas Secretary of State, the process is out of your hands. Now you must wait for the Secretary of State analyst to review and process your submission. 

Generally, the Texas Secretary of State is able to process documents within 5-7 business days with non-expedited filings.

However, due to increased demand for Secretary of State services at this time, mail and fax submissions are currently being processed within 22-25 business days, while online electronic submissions are being processed within 4-5 business days.

For a quicker turnaround time, you also have the option to select expedited processing.

While expedited processing does require an additional fee, in some cases this may be worth the cost. The Secretary of State’s office can sometimes process expedited documents by the close of business on the first business day following the date it receives the filing. 

Contact an Experienced Business Formation Attorney Today

So how long does it take to get an LLC in Texas? In short, the answer is, It depends. 

It depends on whether you have all the information you need from the start, whether you use standard or expedited filing services, and what method of filing you select.

Regardless of these factors, however, one thing is certain: having an experienced business lawyer in your corner can help ensure that you get through the process accurately and as efficiently as possible.

Of course, an attorney can’t control how quickly the Texas Secretary of State is able to process your Certificate of Formation.

However, a lawyer can help you navigate the process and ensure you have met all the requirements, which can ultimately shorten the overall timeline. 

Ready to begin the Texas LLC formation process? Contact The Curley Law Firm today. 

Founder and lead attorney Adam Curley focuses a large portion of his practice on representing business entities in a broad array of both litigation and transactional matters. 

With a decade of experience in business law, he is well-equipped to help you get your business up and running. Contact The Curley Law Firm today to learn more about our services and see what we can do for you.