Texas LLC Operating Agreement Template

Texas LLC Operating Agreement Template

Last updated November 9th, 2021

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A Texas LLC operating agreement is designed to allow members of a limited liability company to outline the ownership structure of the entity, the rights and responsibilities of the members, and the company’s procedures and policies. Executing this type of agreement helps avoid potential legal liabilities between members and outside parties.

When forming an LLC, it is not required by law that the members establish an operating agreement. However, when an operating agreement isn’t in place, the applicable provisions of Texas statutes will govern the internal affairs of the company. Should a legal dispute arise, the broadness of the state statutes might not serve the LLC and its members in the most beneficial capacity.


Types (2)

Single-Member LLC Operating Agreement – This operating agreement is used when an LLC is created with only one (1) member.

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Multi-Member LLC Operating Agreement – If an LLC has two (2) or more members, a multi-member LLC operating agreement can be executed.

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How to File (5 Steps)

Step 1 – Choose a Name 

Before an LLC can be formed, the members must come up with a name for the company.

The name needs to be unique while also complying with state requirements, which can be referred to in § 5.056 of the Texas Business Organization Code and Chapter 79, Subchapter C of the Administrative Code.

To ensure a name is unique, a search can be performed on the Comptroller of Public Accounts Taxable Entity Search page (or the Secretary of State’s SOSDirect portal for a small fee).

Step 2 – Elect a Registered Agent

A limited liability company must always maintain a registered agent, and the agent must consent before the LLC is formed.

The registered agent, who can be an individual or an organization, will receive important tax and legal documents on behalf of the company.

To obtain consent from the registered agent, the elected individual must complete an Acceptance of Appointment and Consent to Serve as Registered Agent (Form 401-A), but is not required to be filed with the SOS.

Step 3 – File Certificate of Formation

Once a unique name has been chosen and a registered agent has been nominated, the members of the LLC can register the company with the Secretary of State.

A Certificate of Formation – Limited Liability Company (Form 205) must be completed and submitted to the SOS.

The Certification of Formation can be submitted online through the SOSDirect portal (requires account setup) or by mail to the address below. The filing fee is $300 for either registration option.

Secretary of State
P.O. Box 13697
Austin, TX 78711-3697


Step 4 – Draft Operating Agreement

A limited liability company operating agreement can be created at any point during or after the course of the business registration process. This document does not need to be filed with the Secretary of State, but should be kept in the company’s records for reference and potential amendment from time to time.

Step 5 – Apply for an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is assigned to companies by the IRS to keep track of their tax reporting. All LLCs, with a few exceptions, must apply for an EIN by going to the IRS website or by completing Application for Employer Identification Number (Form SS-4) and mailing it to the following address:

Internal Revenue Service
ATTN: EIN Operation
Cincinnati, OH 45999


Filing Options: Online or by Mail


  • Domestic filing fee: $300
  • Foreign filing fee: $750
  • Expedited filing fee: $25 per document
  • Name reservation: $40


  • Application for Reservation or Renewal of Reservation of an Entity Name (Form 501) (Online) | (PDF)
  • Acceptance of Appointment and Consent to Serve as Registered Agent (Form 401-A) (Online) | (PDF)
  • Certificate of Formation – Limited Liability Company (Form 205) (Online) | (PDF)
  • Application for Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form 304) (Online) | (PDF)
  • Application for Employer Identification Number (Form SS-4) (Online) | (PDF)