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Incorporation 101: What is Registered Agent?

A Registered Agent (sometimes also referred to as "resident agent") is the person appointed to accept legal documents on behalf of the corporation. Corporations and LLCs must choose a person to act as their agent, so in case someone sues them the papers will be served on the registered agent at the registered office.

What is Registered Agent?


A registered agent (sometimes also referred to as "resident agent") is the person appointed to accept legal documents on behalf of the corporation. Corporations and LLCs must choose a person to act as their registered agent, so in case someone sues them the papers will be served on the registered agent at the registered office.


There are no restrictions regarding who can be a registered agent other than the person must be located and available at a physical street address within the state during normal business hours.


Why Do I Need One?


The purpose of the Registered Agent is to maintain a consistent physical legal address in the state in which your company is incorporated or doing business. It also will receive governmental and legal correspondence, including your annual report, any delinquency notices and many other documents that your company may be required to respond or take action.


Most states require that a registered agent be listed for the business in the state of incorporation or a state in which it is doing business. The state will suspend any company if it fails to maintain an agent.


Serving As Resident Agent


You or any other individual who meets the state requirements and who agrees to act as agent for the company may serve as Registered Agent. However, keep in mind the following disadvantages:


  • The Registered Agent's name and address are made part of the public record. You might not want to expose your private information.
  • If you change your actual business address you will have to file a change of agent address with the state.


Because of those disadvantages it is advised to use a professional registered agent serviceFeature Articles, especially if your business is home based or retail.


How Much Does It Cost?


Registered Agent fees are approximately $99.00/year payable in advance. You may cancel registered agent services at anytime as long as you provide proof that another agent has been named in the state of incorporation or that the business is no longer active.


REMEMBER: in order for your business to maintain good standing status it must also maintain a Registered Agent.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Alex Zehnbacht is an entrepreneur with over 8 years of experience in start-ups and business consulting and one of the founders of MyUSACorporation.com, an online business dedicated to help entrepreneurs with all their business filing needs. He has helped thousands of clients to incorporate their businesses, obtain Registered Agent and various business licenses, and much more.



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