Texas Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Texas LLC.

Preparing and filing your articles of organization is the first step in starting your limited liability company (LLC). Approval of this document secures your business name and creates the legal entity of the LLC. Only after this approval can you obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN), open a bank account, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.


Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of the members (owners) and managers
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Adds credibility

Fast Facts

Agency:Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section

Form 205: Certificate of Formation for a Limited Liability Company

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, in-person or online.

Agency Fee:



~3-5 business days by mail or fax.


Texas Statues - Business Organizations Code - Title 3: Limited Liability Companies

  • Submit original and one copy. The secretary will return evidence of filing and a file-stamped copy of the document.
  • Professional LLCs have other formation requirements.
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