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Your business must appoint a Virginia registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:
Most likely you came across the term registered agent while filing documents to form a new Virginia business or register an out-of-state business to do business in Virginia. 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.
Every Virginia and foreign business entity authorized to transact business in Virginia is required by law to continuously maintain in the Commonwealth a registered office and a registered agent. This includes LLCs, corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and nonprofits.
This is how the entire process works:
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You may elect an individual or a company to serve as your Virginia registered agent:
Hiring us to serve as your registered agent provides the following benefits:
Virginia allows you to appoint a consenting individual to serve as your registered agent so long as they meet all of the following requirements:
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 Virginia registered agent you appoint by hiring our reliable service.
Appoint us as your 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 online account. The forms are pre-filled signed as required by the state.
Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in a new state. 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.
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.
Your Virginia 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:
In some states you may appoint a representative of the state. This is not the case in Virginia. You may not appoint the Clerk of Commission as your registered agent.