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Arkansas Registered Agent (Commercial Registered Agent)

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Your business must appoint an Arkansas registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:

  • Same-day documents from our local office in Mountain Home
  • Immediate online access to state forms with our address and, where required, our signature
  • Annual fees from $89Multi-Year Discount to $99 per state with no additional charges
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Arkansas Registered Agent—A Comprehensive Guide

Appointing a registered agent with the Arkansas secretary of state is crucial for establishing and maintaining an organization in Arkansas. The agent is responsible for receiving legal and government notices sent by the state and forwarding such correspondence to your organization. Whether running a nonprofit or for-profit business, having a reliable registered agent ensures you can respond to any legal challenges and maintain good standing with the state of Arkansas.

This guide provides essential insights and guidance on selecting, appointing, and changing an Arkansas registered agent. We’ll also introduce you to Harbor Compliance, a reputable registered agent service provider in Arkansas and beyond.

Understanding the Role of a Registered Agent in Arkansas

Arkansas state law mandates all corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs), and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) to appoint and maintain a registered agent.

According to the Arkansas Code (Title 4, Chapter 20), the agent serves as the official point of contact between your organization and the state and is responsible for accepting service of process (e.g., lawsuits), tax notifications, and other official state correspondence. They must also ensure swift and timely delivery of such documents to your organization.

To be able to receive notices from the state, a registered agent must be available at a designated physical location, also known as a registered office, during regular business hours.

A registered agent’s duties may seem procedural, but failing to perform them can lead to significant legal consequences for your organization. If your agent is not present at the registered office to accept a lawsuit notice or receives it but does not forward it to you, you might not be aware that your entity is involved in litigation in the first place. Consequently, you’ll likely miss a court hearing or otherwise fail to react appropriately. In these situations, the court might issue a so-called default judgment, which typically favors the plaintiff.

Considering the potentially severe effects of having a registered agent who fails at their duties, it is vital to appoint a trustworthy and dependable agent who will ensure you receive all your important notices on time.

Registered Agent Requirements in Arkansas

In Arkansas, there are two broad categories of candidates for the registered agent role:

  1. Individuals—This can be any consenting adult residing in Arkansas who is available at a specified physical address during business hours (family member, friend, employee, or even yourself).
  2. Organizations—This mainly refers to commercial registered agents, i.e., businesses that provide registered agent services. They have the expertise and infrastructure to fulfill the responsibilities of a registered agent effectively and, as such, are widely considered a more reliable option than individuals.

Arkansas Commercial Registered Agent vs. Noncommercial

Like 11 other U.S. states, Arkansas has fully adopted the Model Registered Agents Act (MoRAA), which categorizes registered agents into commercial and noncommercial ones.

Both individuals and organizations can be either commercial or noncommercial agents, and their responsibilities are the same. The difference is that commercial registered agents file a listing statement with the secretary of state, and noncommercial agents don’t. This means that commercial agents are added to the state’s database, making all of their relevant information familiar to the state.

Appointing and Changing a Registered Agent in Arkansas

When registering a new organization in Arkansas, you’ll appoint a registered agent in your formation filings by populating the section of the document that asks for information on your agent. The exact formation document depends on the structure of your legal entity:

If you’re expanding your organization into Arkansas from another state, you must appoint an agent in your foreign qualification filings, as doing so is necessary for obtaining a certificate of authority.

Depending on whether you’re appointing a commercial or noncommercial agent, the information you’ll be required to provide includes:

  • Agent’s name—In case you’re appointing a commercial agent, as the secretary of state already has all their other information from the commercial agent’s listing statement.
  • Agent’s name and address (known as a registered office)—If you opt for a noncommercial registered agent. Note that the registered office must be a physical address in Arkansas, as P.O. boxes are not allowed.

In case you want to change your registered agent, you need to file the Notice of Change of Registered Agent form with the secretary of state. The form is available online.

Redefining Registered Agent Services—Harbor Compliance's Commitment

Harbor Compliance is all about supporting the growth of your organization and ensuring frictionless operations in Arkansas and across the nation. Our Registered Agent Service is specifically designed to help you stay on top of any legal or regulatory challenges by ensuring the timely delivery of all your important notices.

Our local office in Mountain Home is open during all working hours, so you can expect someone to always be there to accept your state correspondence. Time-sensitive notices will be scanned locally and delivered to you electronically on the same day via a secure Client Portal. You’ll get a real-time email notification as soon as we receive your notice.

Additionally, in the event of lawsuit notices, we will promptly reach out to the primary contact associated with your account via phone.

While Harbor Compliance excels as a registered agent service provider, our commitment to helping you meet state requirements goes far beyond this role. We offer a comprehensive service portfolio that includes:

Appointing an Individual Arkansas Registered Agent vs. Partnering With Harbor Compliance

While appointing an individual may seem more convenient, it carries certain risks and limitations, such as:

  • Limited availability—Individuals may not always be available during regular business hours for various reasons like vacations, emergencies, sick leaves, etc. This increases the risk of missed notices and related legal consequences.
  • Lack of expertise—Individuals may not fully understand the legal obligations and requirements associated with being a registered agent.
  • Inconvenience and privacy concerns—If you appoint an employee as your registered agent, you risk receiving lawsuits at your workplace, in front of clients and partners. If you enlist yourself, your private information will enter the public record.

On the other hand, partnering with Harbor Compliance eradicates the issues mentioned above and brings a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Constant availability—Our Mountain Home staff is always available to accept your notices, and our effective delivery system ensures you’ll get them in the shortest amount of time.
  • Enhanced security—We securely upload delivered documents into password-protected, web-based accounts with industry-standard security protocols.
  • Preserved privacy—Our information will enter the public record and appear on the secretary of state’s website instead of yours. We will discreetly meet process servers and accept notices at our local Arkansas office.
  • Flexibility and convenience—Our Client Portal lets you manage your notices in one place, regardless of the number of jurisdictions you operate in. This allows you to work from anywhere, without being bound to a physical location in Arkansas during business hours.
  • Multistate operations—Harbor Compliance has offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This allows you to appoint us in every jurisdiction you operate in and consolidate your registered agent requirements.

How To Appoint Harbor Compliance as Your Registered Agent

Appointing Harbor Compliance as your registered agent in Arkansas is a seamless experience tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. The process depends on whether you are:

  1. Forming a new organization
  2. Foreign qualifying in Arkansas
  3. Changing your Arkansas registered agent

Forming a New Legal Entity in Arkansas

If you’re forming a new legal entity in Arkansas, Harbor Compliance can take over the entire process through our LLC Formation, Incorporation, and Nonprofit Formation services. We will submit all the necessary documents and meet the state’s legal requirements, including appointing us as your registered agent.

If you prefer to take a more hands-on approach, you can appoint Harbor Compliance as your registered agent independently in three easy steps:

  1. Order Harbor Compliance’s Registered Agent Service.
  2. Find the address of our Arkansas office in your Client Portal. This address will be the official contact point for all your legal documentation moving forward.
  3. Complete the pre-signed forms you’ll find in the Client Portal and submit them to the secretary of state.

Foreign Qualifying in Arkansas

If you have an entity operating in another state, you can streamline the intricate process of expanding it into Arkansas with our Foreign Qualification Service. Complete an intuitive wizard, and we will take care of all the necessary steps, including obtaining proof of good standing, securing a certificate of authority, and designating us as your registered agent in the state.

Changing Your Arkansas Registered Agent

To change your registered agent in Arkansas, use our registered agent order wizard and select Harbor Compliance as your preferred service provider in the state. You’ll be prompted to enter your contact information, provide details about your legal entity, and indicate your notification preferences.

Immediately before checkout, you’ll see the option to add the Change of Agent service. Check the box and proceed to complete the checkout process. We’ll take care of the change of agent filing on your behalf and ensure we are duly appointed as your representative in Arkansas.

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How to Appoint Us as Your Arkansas Registered Agent


Appoint us as your Arkansas registered agent when you incorporate your business or form your LLC. Sign up for registered agent service and file using the state forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Foreign Qualification

Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in Arkansas. Sign up for Arkansas registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Change Agent

Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Sign up for Arkansas registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Book of Business

Harbor Compliance is a provider of nationwide registered agent service. We can help you consolidate your agent representation and achieve cost savings. Our specialists manage the process to change registered agents so that virtually no work is required on your part. We will complete the state filings to appoint us as your registered agent. Additionally, we can extend your subscription term so that you avoid double payment for any portion of your current contract. There’s no reason to wait. Simply contact us for consolidation and we’ll take care of the rest. If you have registered agent appointments spanning multiple states or entities, contact us today.

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Arkansas Registered Agents FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about registered agents in Arkansas. If you can't find the answers you're looking for, explore Harbor Compliance's Information Center for more detailed guidance.

Arkansas laws mandate that all filing entities must include a registered agent in their formation or foreign qualification documents. Furthermore, it is essential to maintain a registered agent on record with the state for as long as your organization is active.

You won’t be able to form an organization in Arkansas or expand into it without appointing a registered agent. Meanwhile, not keeping the agent’s details updated with the state can lead to significant consequences like default judgment, fines, and penalties. In worst-case scenarios, your entity may fall out of good standing with the secretary of state, resulting in the revocation of your right to conduct business in Arkansas.

Yes, you can appoint yourself as your organization’s registered agent in Arkansas. However, remember that your private information will become public, and you’ll have to be present at a specific physical location in the state during business hours, five days a week.

Partner With Harbor Compliance and Get the Best Arkansas Registered Agent Service

Considering the potential consequences of choosing an inadequate registered agent, you shouldn’t make this decision lightly. Sign up for our Registered Agent Service and delegate this vital responsibility to a team of experts who will ensure you never miss any important notices.

If you need help navigating Arkansas’ complex regulatory landscape, contact us and inquire about our other services. Additionally, you can get your free Harbor Compliance™ score to see if your organization meets the legal requirements of all the states it operates in. If you come across any areas that require attention, our award-winning software can simplify the process. Request a demonstration to witness its seamless functionality in action.

If your organization operates beyond Arkansas, refer to the table below for information about Harbor Compliance's registered agent service across the U.S.:

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