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North Carolina Registered Agent

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Your business must appoint a North Carolina 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 Raleigh
  • Immediate online access to state forms with our address and, where required, our signature
  • $99 /year. Free document scanning, no hidden fees, and no rate hikes each year
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Most likely you came across the term registered agent while filing documents to form a new North Carolina business or register an out-of-state business to do business in North Carolina. Depending on what form you are filing, it might have shown one of these synonyms for the appointment: registered office, resident agent, statutory agent, or agent for service of process. This page explains your options for appointing a registered agent and what to expect.

Do I need a North Carolina registered agent?

All foreign and domestic businesses entities are required to appoint and maintain a registered agent.

How It Works: North Carolina Registered Agent Service

This is how the entire process works:

  1. Tell the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division who is your business’s registered agent (more instructions on this below). The North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division lists your registered agent’s name and address in their public records. Hiring our service means our information, not yours, is listed publicly.
  2. Anyone who wants to send your business an official legal document looks up your registered agent’s address. Our local Raleigh office greets process servers, signs for your documents, and locally scans your time-sensitive deliveries to you same-day!
  3. You receive email notification of your delivery. You can also have your colleagues or even your attorney notified. The email contains a link to access and download your documents online in your Secure Client Portal.

Located in nearby Raleigh, NC!

Choosing a North Carolina Registered Agent

You may elect an individual or a company to serve as your North Carolina registered agent:

Appointing A Company

Hiring us to serve as your registered agent provides the following benefits:

  • Fulfill the state requirement
    Using our service fulfills your business's statutory obligation to appoint a registered agent.
  • Privacy
    We understand that privacy is a major benefit of using our registered agent service.
    • Avoid receiving a lawsuit in front of your clients and employees. We receive uniformed process servers, notice of lawsuit, and other deliveries discreetly at our office.
    • Our contact information (not yours) is listed publicly with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division.
    • We keep your information confidential and do not give it out to inquirers unless we are legally required to do so.
  • Enjoy flexible hours
    An individual registered agent is required to generally be available at the registered office to receive process servers. Travel, meet with clients, or take time off without risking missing a document or being noncompliant.
  • Avoid change fees
    If you move your office, simply let us know your new address. You won't have to worry about change forms and fees with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division.

Appointing An Individual

North Carolina allows you to appoint a consenting individual to serve as your registered agent so long as they meet all of the following requirements:

  • The individual must be a resident of North Carolina.
  • The individual must make available their name and street address to be included in the public records of North Carolina as your registered agent. The street address, called the registered office, must be a physical address in North Carolina. A P.O. Box or mailbox service is almost never allowed since the agent must personally sign for your document.
  • The individual must generally be available at the address listed during business hours to sign for documents.

Default Judgment and Administrative Dissolution

Appointing a registered agent that fails in their duties can lead to costly consequences for your business. Missing a time-sensitive legal document can result in legal actions proceeding against your business without your knowledge. A court may rule a default judgment. The state may dissolve your business following administrative protocol. Have peace of mind about the North Carolina registered agent you appoint by hiring our reliable service.

How to Appoint Your North Carolina Registered Agent

Incorporation

Appoint us as your registered agent when you incorporate your business or form your LLC:

  1. Sign up for registered agent service and file using the state forms and instructions in your online account. The forms are pre-filled signed as required by the state.
  2. Choose an incorporation or LLC package and we will complete your formation filings for you.

Qualification

Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in a new state.

  1. Sign up for registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your online account. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.
  2. Choose our foreign qualification service and we will obtain your certificate of authority for you.

Change agent

Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Order service and we immediately provide instructions and pre-populated change of agent forms in your account.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your North Carolina 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 service of process (notice of lawsuit) to the registered agent and receive the agent's signature of receipt.

Typically documents delivered to the registered agent are hand-delivered to the agent at the street address provided, require signature upon delivery, and are time-sensitive (e.g. you have limited time to respond to notice of lawsuit). It is the registered agent's duty to be available during normal business hours to reliably receiving documents and forward them to the appropriate company personnel.

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, other official government and legal documents (such as notice of annual report) will be mailed to the registered office.

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.

The state fees to file the change of agent are as follows:

  • Limited Liability Company: 3 days - $12
  • Corporation: 3 days - $12
  • Limited Partnership: 3 days - $5
  • Limited Liability Partnership: 3 days - $5
  • Nonprofit Corporation: 3 days - $5

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North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
Phone: 919-814-5400
Fax: 919-807-2039
https://www.sosnc.gov/divisions/Business_Registration
When you first register your business in North Carolina, you will appoint an "initial" registered agent and registered office. The agent or office address can be changed in the future by filing change forms with the state.

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