INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING APPLICATION FOR A
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY BY A PROFESSIONAL LEGAL
Only corporations providing professional legal services are eligible to qualify under the
provisions of the Texas Professional Corporation Act (TPCA). TEX. REV. CIV. STAT. ANN.
article 1528e, §§ 3(d)(e), 19A. All documents are to be submitted to: Secretary of State,
Statutory Filings Division, Corporations Section, P.O. Box 13697, Austin, Texas 78711-3697.
The delivery address is James Earl Rudder Building, 1019 Brazos, Austin, Texas 78701. We
will place one document on record and return a file stamped copy, if a duplicate copy was
provided for such purpose. The telephone number is (512) 463-5555, TDD: (800) 735-2989,
FAX: (512) 463-5709. E-mail inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional
forms and information also may be obtained from our website at
The attached copy of the form promulgated by the secretary of state is for your convenience;
the format is mandatory. The form is designed to meet minimum statutory filing requirements
and no warranty is made regarding the suitability of this form for any particular purpose.
This form and the information provided are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney and
it is recommended that the services of an attorney be obtained before preparation of the
application for certificate of authority.
CONTENTS OF COMPLETED APPLICATION ARE LISTED BELOW:
Two copies of the application for a certificate of authority must be submitted. Prior to
signing, please read carefully the statements set forth in the application. A person
commits an offense under the Texas Business Corporation Act if the person signs a
document the person knows is false in any material respect with the intent that the
document be delivered to the secretary of state for filing. The offense is a Class A
A certificate issued by the secretary of state or other authorized officer of the
jurisdiction of its incorporation evidencing the corporate existence must be included.
The certificate must be dated within 90 days of the receipt of the application. If the
certificate is in a language other than English, a translation of the certificate, under
oath of the translator, must accompany the certificate.
The statutory fee of $750 must be submitted. Please submit a check or money order
made payable to the secretary of state. The check or money order must be payable
through a U.S. bank or other financial institution. Fees payable to the secretary of state
may be paid with a current, valid Visa®, Discover®, or MasterCard®. Fees paid by
credit card are subject to a statutorily authorized processing cost of 2.1% of the total