Texas LLC Formation Timeline

How long does it take to form a Texas LLC?

It normally takes 3-4 business days (from start to finish) to form a Texas LLC. The LLC formation process starts when a Certificate of Formation is filed with the Texas Secretary of State.

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The Details of Our LLC Formation Timeline

1. We Receive Your Information

You can submit everything we need to form your Texas LLC via our secure online LLC questionnaire.

2. Same Day Filing

Our Texas LLC formation attorney strives to prepare and file your Certificate of Formation with the Texas Secretary of State on the same day we receive your LLC request. We have direct access to the TXSOS system which allows for the fastest possible processing times (start to finish typically in 3 business days). If we receive your LLC request after hours, we may not be able to file the Certificate of Formation until the following business day.

3. Texas Secretary of State (TXSOS) Review

Once we e-file your Certificate of Formation, it will be reviewed by a TXSOS analyst to determine if your desired name is available. The TXSOS will complete their review in 1-3 business days. At certain times of the year (i.e. after holidays or at the end of year) the TXSOS has been known to take longer to complete their review. We can’t control this part of the process, but by virtue of e-filing your documents the review process will be expedited without having to pay a fee for expedited service.

4. TXSOS Approval

If the desired name is available the TXSOS will approve the filing and send us an email confirmation along with the file-stamped Certificate of Formation. If the desired name is not available, the TXSOS will reject the filing and ask us to start over. We do a conflict search before filing, so our filings are almost never rejected. In the event of a rejection, you won’t have to pay additional fees, but the timeline will start over. It takes the TXSOS 1 – 3 business days to approve or reject the filing (this is the main delay in the business formation process).

Helpful Tip: Call the TXSOS Name Availability Hotline (512-463-5555) to check and see if your desired name is available. The TXSOS can tell you whether or not they will allow or reject the filing. By getting your desired name pre-cleared, you eliminate the risk of having a delay due to a rejected filing. You will be on hold for about 10 minutes, so we recommend having multiple names ready to ask about in case the first choice is not available.

5. Optional Paperwork

Once we receive the confirmation email from the TXSOS indicating that the filing was approved and thus the business is live, we will complete the following tasks to complete your order (depending on what package you selected):

  • 5a. Prepare Remaining Documentation: All LLC formation packages except for the Bronze Package include additional internal paperwork (Company Agreement, organizational meeting documentation, transfer ledger, etc). We will finalize these documents on the same day we receive the TXSOS confirmation email. All documents will be compiled into one PDF and emailed to you as soon as they are finalized.
  • 5b. Apply Online for the EIN: If you paid us to obtain your Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), we will complete the online EIN application the day we receive the TXSOS confirmation email. The online EIN application allows us to get your EIN instantly. In rare cases, we will have to fax file the EIN application (Form SS-4) which will result in an EIN in about 1 week.
  • 5c. Order Your Company Book: Gold and Platinum packages include a company book. The company book is custom made 3-ring binder with the name of the LLC embossed on the spine. The company book will arrive at our office about a week after ordering. We’ll compile all of the documents and ship to you via priority mail on the day after we receive the book from the manufacturer. You will have already received these same documents via email on the same day we receive the TXSOS confirmation.

6. Email All Documentation

On the same day we receive the TXSOS Confirmation (#4 above), we will complete the optional paperwork above, if applicable, and email to you in PDF format.


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