Civil Practice And Remedies Code
Section 17.091:

Substituted Service In Delinquent Tax Cases

(a) In a suit to collect delinquent property taxes by the state or a political subdivision of the state in which a defendant in the suit is a nonresident, the secretary of state is an agent for service of process on that defendant if the defendant owns, has, or claims an interest in or a lien against property in this state that is the subject of the suit. This section applies regardless of whether the defendant has resided in this state.


Duplicate copies of the process issued by the clerk of the court in which the suit is pending must be served on the secretary of state not later than the 20th day before the date of return stated in the process. The process must include the name and address of the nonresident's home or home office. The address may be a post office box.


Immediately after being served, the secretary of state shall mail a copy of the process to the nonresident at the address provided under Subsection (b) by certified mail, return receipt requested, with the postage prepaid. The secretary of state shall certify to the court that issued the process that the secretary of state has complied with this section.


Service under this section is in addition to procedures provided by Rule 117a of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and has the same effect as personal service.


Service of process on the secretary of state under this section must be accompanied by the fee provided by Section 405.031(a), Government Code, for the maintenance by the secretary of state of a record of the service of process.


In this section, "nonresident" includes:


an individual who is not a resident of this state; and


a foreign corporation, foreign unincorporated association, foreign general partnership, foreign limited partnership, foreign limited liability company, foreign professional association, foreign business trust, foreign cooperative, or foreign real estate investment trust that is not required to appoint a registered agent for service of process in this state under the provisions of the Business Organizations Code.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 959, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 384, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 6, Sec. 60, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 579, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 948, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1430, Sec. 34, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1126, Sec. 28, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 182, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 7, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.

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