Quick Reference Filing Guide to Texas


Texas has gone to tremendous efforts to bring information and services to your fingertips. It is an extremely well organized and comprehensive reference resource. You can navigate fairly quickly to business resources through the Texas pages, and the idea of e-government is taken seriously there as can be seen from all the services available online.

Secretary of State

Much information is available on the pages of The Secretary of State, including forms. Thoughtful, and well written, you can find out a great deal about the way the government of Texas works. The answers to frequently asked questions in the Business Organizations Forms section of the Secretary’s pages are the primary source of information regarding procedures for creating a corporation in Texas, or filing as a foreign corporation. To make use of the Texas online filing and search service, SOSDirect, you must sign up and pay a fee for each name search. Online filing probably makes this worthwhile for everyone doing business in Texas.

Business Development

The link to the Texas Department of Economic Development leads directly to the site map of the Department because there is so much available on their site. Don’t let the wealth of links mislead you; so much of their information is useful, that you might want to take your time and go through the many links.

Taxes Visit the pages of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, where the economy of Texas is being watched carefully. If you have a question about taxes, this office may just have the answer available on their site.


Be sure to read the frequently asked questions section before you start looking at The Texas Statutes for information, such as how often the statutes are updated. For a more complete coverage of the Texas legislative scene, go to the beginning of the site, located at Texas Legislation Online.