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Although the registered office address does not need to be the business office address of the entity, it must be the business office address of the registered agent. The address of a commercial business that provides “private mail box” services or telephone answering services is not sufficient as a registered office address, unless the commercial enterprise is the business of the designated registered agent.
The registered office address must be located at a street address where process may be personally served on the registered agent during normal business hours so that the agent may receive and accept service of process. For this reason, a post office box address is not sufficient as the registered office address.
The Secretary of State sends official notices and requests to the registered agent of the corporation at the registered address of record. Consequently, it is very important for the corporation to maintain current registered agent and registered office information in order to ensure the active status of the entity. Failure to maintain a registered agent or registered office may result in the involuntary termination of the Texas nonprofit corporation. If the person named as the corporation’s registered agent will no longer function in that capacity, or if the corporation’s registered office address changes, the corporation must file a statement of change of registered agent or registered office with the Secretary of State. (SOS form 401)