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Your business must appoint a Connecticut registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:
Most legal entities must appoint a registered agent—Connecticut’s law requires it whether you’re forming a new organization in the state or foreign qualifying to it. Your agent is the main point of contact with the secretary of state, and their job is to accept service of process and other official correspondence on your behalf.
You have numerous options when it comes to your registered agent, and this guide will help you choose the best one by explaining who can act as a registered agent and how to enlist them. You’ll also learn about Harbor Compliance—a reliable registered agent service provider in Connecticut and beyond.
If your organization is involved in litigation, it’s your registered agent’s duty to accept service of process on your behalf. The same goes for other government correspondence, which the agent must then forward to you so that you can take appropriate action.
Your agent also needs to maintain a physical address in Connecticut, known as the registered office. Process servers will deliver all notices to this address and must do so in person, so P.O. boxes are not allowed.
If your agent performs their duties responsibly, you can respond to any legal action without delays. In case they miss a notice or fail to deliver it timely, you might miss a court hearing and face default judgment—a ruling made in the plaintiff’s favor as a result of you not appearing in court.
Section 33-660 of the Connecticut Code allows the following to act as registered agents:
According to the above, you can appoint any individual over the age of 18 as your registered agent—an employee, friend, family member, or even yourself. Alternatively, you can choose another organization, preferably one that specializes in providing registered agent services.
Like several other US states, Connecticut differentiates between commercial and noncommercial agents. The main difference between the two is that commercial agents register with the secretary of state by filing a listing statement.
While both individuals and organizations can register as commercial agents in some states, this isn’t the case with Connecticut—individuals can’t serve as commercial registered agents.
With this in mind, not all organizations are commercial registered agents, but all commercial agents are organizations. It’s important to keep this in mind because appointing an individual means you might miss out on the benefits of commercial agents, some of which we’ll mention in the following section.
Appointing an agent is obligatory for all legal entities that file annual reports. This only excludes a few organization types, as outlined in Section 33-954 of the Connecticut Code:
All entities besides the above are required to appoint a registered agent in their formation filings (Articles of Incorporation for profit and nonprofit corporations or Articles of Organization for LLCs). If you’re expanding to Connecticut from another state, you’ll appoint the agent in your foreign qualification filings.
To appoint an organization (commercial or not), you’ll need their:
If you want to enlist an individual, you’ll also need their residence address. Not everyone is comfortable with this, as the address would enter the public record.
To change your Connecticut agent, you need to submit the Change of Agent form. The secretary of state must also be notified if your current agent’s address changes, which can be done through the Change of Agent’s Address form.
If your agent’s name and registered address aren’t kept current, you run the risk of administrative dissolution, which means your rights to operate in Connecticut are revoked. A significant advantage of commercial agents is that they can update their address directly with the secretary of state for all represented entities, relieving you of this responsibility.
To confidently meet Connecticut’s registered agent requirement and ensure your notices are delivered efficiently, consider partnering with Harbor Compliance. We offer a Registered Agent Service that checks all the necessary boxes, offering you the following benefits:
Harbor Compliance is far more than a registered agent service provider—our portfolio includes various other services:
|Business licensing support||If your organization needs a general business license—or any specific licenses for industries like construction and engineering—we can help you obtain and manage them.|
|Document filing and retrieval||Documents delivered in person have a priority with the secretary of state, so we can expedite the filing process through our Drop-off Filing service. We can also retrieve your certificate of good standing, articles of reinstatement, and certified copies of official documents.|
|Entity lifecycle management||Whether you need to reserve a business name, register a DBA, file initial or annual reports, or even dissolve your organization, Harbor Compliance can make the process effortless.|
|Tax registration||We can complete your payroll tax registration, sales and use tax registration, and 501(c) tax exemption for nonprofit organizations.|
We already mentioned some disadvantages of individual registered agents, such as residence address requirements and a more complex approach to address changes. Besides eliminating these issues, Harbor Compliance offers the following benefits:
There are three scenarios in which you can partner with us:
The steps to appointing us in each of these situations are outlined below.
Harbor Compliance lets you form a new legal entity effortlessly through the following three services:
Choose your preferred service, and we’ll complete the entire registration process—including the appointment of Harbor Compliance as your registered agent.
If you wish to complete the registration independently, you can appoint us by following these steps:
You must meet various requirements to expand your operations to Connecticut. Our Foreign Qualification Service package leaves no stone unturned and lets your organization start operating as quickly as possible. All you need to do is complete the wizard, and we’ll help you qualify without setbacks.
Besides obtaining your Connecticut certificate of authority, we’ll appoint Harbor Compliance as your agent and provide the service at no extra cost for a year.
Besides filing the aforementioned Change of Agent form, you can switch to Harbor Compliance in a single click while ordering our Registered Agent Service.
Right before checking out, you’ll see the option to add the Change of Agent service. Select it, and we’ll complete the change on your behalf.
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Appoint us as your Connecticut 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 Connecticut. Sign up for Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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.
Here you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions about Connecticut registered agents. If you need more information, explore our Information Center.
Connecticut LLCs and other filing entities are legally required to appoint a registered agent before they can operate in the state.
A registered agent can be an individual or organization (domestic or foreign corporation, LLC, LLP, or statutory trust authorized to transact in Connecticut).
You can appoint yourself as a registered agent, but your name and address would enter the public record, and you’d have to be available at the registered office during business hours.
By combining extensive industry experience with innovative software, Harbor Compliance provides a reliable registered agent service that ensures your notices reach you timely. Order the service today, and we’ll create an efficient communication channel from the secretary of state to your organization.
If you don’t want to navigate Connecticut’s complex regulatory framework alone, feel free to:
As your organization grows, you might need a registered agent in other states. Refer to the following table to learn about registered agent services in every state we cover: