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Your business must appoint a California registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:
A California registered agent is the legally designated point of contact for your business or nonprofit. The registered agent receives important legal notices, such as service of process (aka notice of lawsuit), on behalf of your business. Generally, your California Agent for Service of Process must have a physical location in California and be available during all business hours. Choosing a reliable California registered agent that ensures you receive crucial documents in a timely manner.
You may have discovered the term “registered agent” while filing documents to form or register your business in California. You may have also encountered synonyms, such as “resident agent,” “statutory agent,” or “agent for service of process.” These terms all generally refer to the same thing. This page will help you understand what a California registered agent is and how it works.
Yes, with very few exceptions. Most businesses and nonprofits that form or register in California must have a physical registered agent in California at all times. This includes keeping the agent’s contact information up-to-date with the California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division. This is called “maintaining” a registered agent and helps your company stay in good standing.
You may appoint either an individual or a company to serve as your California Agent for Service of Process.
California allows you to appoint a consenting individual to serve as your registered agent. Individuals must meet all of the following requirements at all times:
When deciding on your California Agent for Service of Process, consider that individuals travel, meet with clients, and take time off. Any absence increases your risk of missing the delivery of important legal notices. A registered agent company is always available to receive documents on behalf of your business.
Using our professional registered agent service in California provides the following benefits:
Using our registered agent service helps protect the privacy of your business.
Appointing a registered agent that fails in their duties can lead to costly consequences for your business. Legal actions may proceed for failure to receive or respond to service of process. A court may rule a default judgment. The state may dissolve your business following administrative protocol. Have peace of mind about the California registered agent you appoint by hiring our reliable service.
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Appoint us as your California 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.
Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in California. Sign up for California 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.
Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Sign up for California 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.
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.
Your California registered agent is your company's appointee to receive documents in legal matters. For example, if your business is ever sued, a sheriff or process server will hand-deliver the notice of lawsuit to the registered agent. This is commonly known as “service of process.” In most cases, the registered agent must sign to acknowledge receipt. For that reason, the registered agent must be physically available during all business hours.
Typically, documents delivered to the registered agent are time-sensitive. You may have only a few days to respond to a notice of lawsuit. A reliable California registered agent will receive and forward these critical documents to you quickly.
The physical street address where the registered agent is located is called the registered office. It is here that the registered agent should be available during normal business hours to sign for documents. In addition, many state agencies mail annual report reminders and tax notices to the registered agent.
Service of process is the procedure of giving legal notice to a party, usually a defendant. Typically, notices are accompanied by court documents, such as summons or a lawsuit. Service of process is delivered to the registered agent. If you are served with a lawsuit, you will have limited time to respond so it is important that you have a reliable agent.
You must make a filing with the California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division to appoint a new registered agent for your company. In most states, changing your agent is a simple filing. Generally, there is a nominal filing fee to change your California registered agent.
Here are the exact instructions and fees for how to change your California registered agent.
If you need help changing your California registered agent, or are interested in changing your book of business, contact us for a quote.