(a) If the secretary of state finds that a filing instrument delivered under Section 4.001 conforms to the provisions of this code that apply to the entity and to applicable rules adopted under Section 12.001 and that all required fees have been paid, the secretary of state shall:
(1) file the instrument by accepting it into the filing system adopted by the secretary of state and assigning the instrument a date of filing; and
(2) deliver a written acknowledgment of filing to the entity or its representative.
(b) If a duplicate copy of the filing instrument is delivered to the secretary of state, on accepting the filing instrument, the secretary of state shall return the duplicate copy, endorsed with the word “Filed” and the month, day, and year of filing, to the entity or its representative with the acknowledgment of filing.
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