What is a Registered Agent?

registered agent is a business’s legal appointee to receive notice of lawsuit and other legal or government notices. State law requires every LLC, corporation, and other business entity to have a registered agent.

The business lists its registered agent with the Secretary of State either when the business is formed or when the business expands to that state. Some states call the registered agent a resident agentstatutory agentcommercial registered agent, or registered office. The appointee may be a person or a business.

What a registered agent does not do

  • registered agent is not a virtual office for receiving all regular postal mail and packages for your business.
  • registered agent is not a tax address for your business. Some businesses have their tax documents sent directly to their CPA.
  • registered agent is not an address to be used at will for anonymity.

What is a registered office?

The registered office is the address where your registered agent accepts notice of lawsuit and other official or government notices on behalf of your business.

The registered office is a physical address for your company. If your business is ever sued, a sheriff or government official will hand deliver legal documents to the registered office anticipating your registered agent is on duty to sign for them.

State law requires the registered agent to maintain a registered office. The registered office must be located in the state where you are registering your business with the Secretary of State and must be a physical address (post office boxes are rarely allowed).

Why choose us to serve as your Registered Agent?

  • We’re specialists. Our entire business consists of incorporation and compliance services.
  • We have local registered agent offices in all 50 states
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