LLC Articles Of Organization (Texas)

What is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)?
A limited liability company (LLC) is a type of business that enjoys the beneficial features of both a partnership and a corporation. It is similar to a corporation where the liability of individual members (owners) is limited to what each member has invested in the business. In addition, an LLC can be structured to be taxed only at one level, similar to a partnership.

How do I create an LLC?
A limited liability company must be registered in the relevant jurisdiction. This is accomplished by preparing and filing your Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State in your jurisdiction (state). The Articles of Organization must conform with the reporting requirements of the jurisdiction.

Governing Law

LegalContracts: Currently Articles of Organization are available for Texas only.

NOTE: In Texas articles of organization are called Certificate of Formation.

Professional Company

Professional service means any service that requires obtaining a license from this state. (e.g. architect, attorney, certified public accountant, dentist, physician, public accountant, or veterinarian.)

Company Information

The name of the company must contain one of the following terms: limited liability company, limited company, or an abbreviation of one of those terms (LLC, L.L.C., LC, L.C., or Ltd. Co.).

The name of the company should NOT be similar to the name of any other organized entity (corporation, partnership, LLC, etc.), reserved or registered name, on the records of the Secretary of State.

Registered Agent and Registered Office

Remember: Your LLC CANNOT act as its own agent.
(e.g. Smith)
(e.g. Robert)
(e.g. B., T.M., etc.)
(e.g. Jr., Sr., III, etc.)

Registered Office

The Registered Office is the business STREET ADDRESS for the REGISTERED AGENT.

(e.g. 119 Commercial Drive)
(e.g. Fort Worth)
State:                 TX
(e.g. 76103, etc.)

Governing Authority

The Governing Authority refers to the persons or organizations that will be managing the day-to-day operations of the LLC. The governing authority could be the members (the owners of the LLC) or it could be hired managers.

Governing Authority

(e.g. Smith)
(e.g. Robert)
(e.g. B., T.M., etc.)
(e.g. Jr., Sr., III, etc.)

Privacy: Once your Articles are filed they will be available for public viewing. If you have any privacy concerns, you should use only a business address or a post office box for the members and managers.

(e.g. 119 Commercial Dr.)
(e.g. Fort Worth)
Country:                 USA
(e.g. 76103, etc.)


State a lawful business purpose or simply that the purpose is for lawful activity.
(e.g. "The purpose for which the company is formed is for the transaction of any and all lawful purposes for which a limited liability company may be organized under the Texas Business Organizations Code.", "The purpose of this company is to purchase and develop real estate.", etc.)


Supplemental Provisions

REMEMBER: Keep your Certificate of Formation simple. Supplemental provisions are usually NOT necessary.

Issues relating to the organization, ownership, governance and internal affairs of your LLC should instead be included in a comprehensive LLC Operating Agreement.


When selecting an organizer please note the following:

The organizer does NOT have to be a resident of the state.

The organizer must be either:
- a natural person 18 years of age or older, or
- a corporation or other legal entity.

The organizer must also be:
- mentally capable of understanding the terms of the document, and
- an authorized officer, manager, or member of the company.

Only one organizer is required.
(e.g. John Smith.)
(e.g. 119 Commercial Drive)
(e.g. Fort Worth)
(e.g. 76103, etc.)

Effectiveness of Filing

You may indicate an alternate date for when you want your filing to become effective:


The organizer must sign the Certificate of Formation but it does not need to be notarized.

Note: It is unlawful to sign or direct the filing of a document that the person knows to be materially false. See Sec. 4.008 of the Texas Business Organizations Code.

Document Completed? What Next?

When your Certificate of Formation is completed, click here to review the filing procedure for your state.

STOP! Doublecheck that you have entered everything correctly.

A valid LLC company name is required.
A legal name is required for each governing authority.
Ensure the street address is entered correctly for all Members.
Ensure the organizer name and complete address is entered correctly.