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Texas is among the top five of the friendliest states to new businesses in the  USA. Here are six reasons for opening a business branch in Texas:

  • Economic Strength – Texas leads the nation in job growth

  • Low Taxes – No corporate or individual state income taxes

  • Fair Legal System - You can focus on growth without the threat of frivolous law suits

  • Skilled Labor Force – There are 12.6 million personnel in the Texas work force, and growing

  • Superior Logistics Infrastructure – Excellent highways and advantages for sea, land and air import and export

  • Quality of Life – Access to superior higher education, low cost of living, cultural resources, and extensive parks, recreation and tourism attractions 

The Texas incorporation and business filing fees are quite affordable. (Click here to see the Fee Schedule).  

The first step to registering to do business in Texas is to select the corporate structure that fits your business. (Click here for more information.)   

Foreign Company Registration in Texas

Section 9.001 of the Texas Business Organizations Code (“BOC”) requires every domestic out-of-state and foreign entity to file an application for registration with the Texas secretary of state if the entity is “transacting business” in Texas

Registered Agent

The Texas Business Organizations Code (“BOC”) also requires every domestic or foreign filing entity to maintain a registered agent and office in Texas. An entity’s registered agent is an agent of the entity on whom may be served any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served on the entity.

 Section 5.201(b) of the BOC requires that registered agents designated on or after January 1, 2010 must have consented to serve in that capacity in a written or electronic form developed by the Office of the Secretary of State. An entity’s registered office must be a physical address in Texas where the registered agent can be served with process during business hours.

Assumed Name

Many businesses prefer to do business in Texas under a trade name (“dba”) rather than as the corporate entity. An assumed name certificate provides information about the underlying business’s identity and location.

Chapter 71 of the Texas Business & Commerce Code does not authorize rejection of an assumed name certificate on the basis of a name conflict. Therefore, there may be multiple assumed name certificates on file with the secretary of state for the exact same name.  


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Last modified: December 31, 2023 .