Texas Code of Criminal Procedure - Article 17A.04. Service On Corporation
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Art. 17A.04. SERVICE ON CORPORATION. (a) Except as provided
in Paragraph (d) of this article, a peace officer shall serve a
summons on a corporation by personally delivering a copy of it to
the corporation's registered agent. However, if a registered agent
has not been designated, or cannot with reasonable diligence be
found at the registered office, then the peace officer shall serve
the summons by personally delivering a copy of it to the president
or a vice-president of the corporation.
(b) If the peace officer certifies on the return that he
diligently but unsuccessfully attempted to effect service under
Paragraph (a) of this article, or if the corporation is a foreign
corporation that has no certificate of authority, then he shall
serve the summons on the secretary of state by personally
delivering a copy of it to him, or to the deputy secretary of state,
or to any clerk in charge of the corporation department of his
office. On receipt of the summons copy, the secretary of state
shall immediately forward it by certified or registered mail,
return receipt requested, addressed to the defendant corporation at
its registered or principal office in the state or country under
whose law it was incorporated.
(c) The secretary of state shall keep a permanent record of
the date and time of receipt and his disposition of each summons
served under Paragraph (b) of this article together with the return
(d) The method of service on a corporation regulated under
the Insurance Code is governed by that code.
Added by Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 980, ch. 399, Sec. 2(D), eff. Jan.
Subsec. (b) amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 15, eff.
Sept. 1, 2005.
Last modified: August 11, 2007