What is a Registered Agent & do I need one for my new business?
Registered Agent service keeps you compliant with the Secretary of State and protects your privacy.
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All states require a Registered Agent. A representative of the business must be available during normal business hours to receive official notices.
That contact information, potentially your home address if you don’t have an office, is publicly listed and available to anyone.
Very few states will permit a PO box as a Registered Agent address, as the majority require a real street address.
Things get even more complex if your business is registered in multiple states, which is not uncommon.
Each Secretary of State has it’s own compliance requirements, and some still require physical documents returned with original signatures – further complicated compliance management.
Most businesses, even those with physical office space, choose Registered Agent service to manage their official notices and assist with compliance.
It’s a cost-effective option to protect privacy, keep any dirty laundry contained if it does come up, and helps businesses stay compliant with the government when it comes to Annual Report filings and similar.
Keeping your business in good standing with the state is also critical for maintaining your limited liability protection.
Similarly, many third-parties will require proof of good standing before engaging in business with you.
Banks, for example, won’t open a business checking account without proof of good standing.
Ultimately, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind – knowing that your business is up to date so you can focus on more important things.
Common Registered Agent Questions
Yes, but the business can’t name itself as the Registered Agent. It has to be an individual or third-party service.
Most businesses choose to use a third party, like easyllcfile.com, as their Registered Agent for a few reasons:
- If you don’t have an office, you’ll be forced to use your home address or another physical address to which you have unrestricted access. This information is publicly listed, and so exposes your home address to virtually anyone. PO boxes aren’t accepted by most states.
- Even if you do have an office, acting as your own registered agent could potentially expose your employees and clients to services of process, summons, and other notices that you will likely prefer to keep private.
- Receiving notices and mail isn’t the only feature of a Registered Agent, they’re also responsible for maintaining a compliance calendar and assisting with filing ongoing documentation such as Annual Reports.
- Lastly, if your business operates in multiple states (i.e. has enough presence to require registration in more than one state) then you’ll need a Registered Agent in each state. That’s a lot of overhead that one third-party service can manage under one roof.
You have to specify a Registered Agent at the time of formation, but you can make changes later.
Making changes to your Registered Agent information does require updating official documents with the Secretary of State – and usually there are additional fees.
These are just different names for a Registered Agent. Some states choose to use different language, but the function and purpose are the same.
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