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Nevada Registered Agent

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Your business must appoint a Nevada 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 Reno
  • 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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All You Need To Know About Nevada Registered Agents

Whether you’re forming a new organization in Nevada or expanding into it from another state, appointing a registered agent with the secretary of state is among the first boxes you must check. An agent receives service of process and other official notices on your behalf, helping you meet your obligations timely.

This guide provides all the information you need about Nevada registered agents, such as:

  • Key responsibilities of an agent
  • Qualifications and main types of registered agents
  • Details on the appointment process

You’ll also learn about Harbor Compliance—the top choice for your registered agent needs.

Responsibilities of a Nevada Registered Agent

A registered agent is tasked with accepting and forwarding legal and government correspondence. They’re your main point of contact with the Nevada secretary of state, and they must ensure you can respond to any legal action promptly.

To do this, the agent needs to do two things:

  1. Be available at the designated address (known as a registered office) at all times during regular business hours
  2. Process and forward your notices efficiently

If the agent fails at their duties, you might miss court summons or other important notices an organization receives when it’s involved in litigation. As a result, you may not appear in court when needed, so the judge will most likely rule in the plaintiff’s favor. This is known as default judgment, and it’s one of the main issues a capable agent should help you avoid.

Nevada Registered Agent Requirements

A registered agent can be a person or another legal entity with a physical address in Nevada. This means you can appoint a friend, family member, employee, or even yourself as an agent. Still, enlisting an individual may not be the best idea, as they might miss your notice due to several reasons, such as:

  • Illness
  • Personal time off or travel
  • Emergencies or other obligations

To avoid such risks, it’s better to partner with another organization, particularly the one that specializes in providing registered agent services. They typically employ multiple individuals who can accept your notice, so one person’s absence doesn’t put you at risk of missing it.

Nevada also distinguishes between two types of registered agentscommercial and noncommercial. A noncommercial agent can be an individual or a legal entity representing fewer than ten organizations. Once the agent crosses this threshold, they’re automatically considered a commercial agent and must register with the secretary of state.

Registration is done by submitting the Commercial Registered Agent Registration, Change, or Termination Statement. Failure to register may lead to the agent’s authorization being revoked, so make sure your agent either represents less than ten entities or is listed as a commercial agent to avoid complications down the line.

How To Appoint/Change a Registered Agent in Nevada

You’ll appoint a registered agent in your Articles of Incorporation if you’re forming a new profit or nonprofit corporation (Articles of Organization for LLCs). If you’re expanding into Nevada, you need to name an agent in your foreign qualification filings so that you can obtain a certificate of authority.

Either way, you’ll need to select the type of agent in the relevant section. If it’s a commercial agent, you only need their name, while an address is also required for noncommercial agents because the secretary of state doesn’t have it on file. The agent must sign a Certificate of Acceptance, as the appointment is invalid otherwise.

If you wish to change your existing registered agent, you need to submit the Registered Agent Acceptance/Statement of Change form. You can use the same form to update the secretary of state on other changes related to your current agent (e.g., name or address). Note that a commercial agent can make such updates independently, so your involvement is not necessary.

Nevada Registered Agent Service by Harbor Compliance

If you want to rest assured knowing that your notices will never be missed, Harbor Compliance has a solution. Our Registered Agent Service ensures efficient, timely delivery of official correspondence so you can stay on top of your obligations.

All notices are delivered to our local office in Reno, where we process them on the same day. We then send you an email with a link to the secure Client Portal, where you can access all your notices and pre-filled state forms.

In case of legal action, we also call the person associated with the account via phone to make sure the notice doesn’t pass you by.

Harbor Compliance isn’t only a registered agent but your one-stop shop for meeting all of Nevada’s regulatory requirements. Some of our main offerings are shown in the following table:

Category Services
Document filing and retrieval
Business licensing support
Nonprofit formation
Beneficial ownership reporting
Entity lifecycle management
Tax-related services

Individual Registered Agents in Nevada vs. Harbor Compliance

The availability issue isn’t the only risk associated with individual registered agents. Appointing someone from your organization might result in you being served in front of employees or clients, which can be highly inconvenient.

You might feel compelled to appoint yourself because it seems like the most straightforward option, but it’s not a good long-term decision. You’d need to be present at the registered office 40 hours a week, meaning you’d have little to no flexibility. Your personal details would also become publicly available, which many organization owners aren’t comfortable with.

Partnering with us lets you eliminate all of these issues and enjoy the following benefits:

  • Privacy and security—When you appoint Harbor Compliance, our details are shared with the secretary of state instead of yours. As for the data you give us, it’s protected by industry-standard security measures (strong encryption, cloud monitoring, etc.).
  • Discretion—All legal and government notices are received at our Reno office and sent to your Client Portal, so you don’t need to worry about being served in person at your place of work.
  • Constant availability—Our local office is open during regular working hours, and one of our team members is always available to receive your notice.
  • Flexibility—Thanks to our nationwide presence, we can support your organization’s expansion to other jurisdictions. You can appoint us in multiple states and conveniently manage all your notices online.

How To Appoint Harbor Compliance as Your Nevada Registered Agent

The specific steps to appointing us vary between three scenarios:

  1. Forming a new organization
  2. Expanding into Nevada
  3. Changing your current registered agent

Forming a New Legal Entity

If you don’t want to deal with complex formation processes and paperwork, you can leverage one of our comprehensive services tailored to different business structures:

  1. Incorporation
  2. Nonprofit formation
  3. LLC formation

Choose the corresponding service, and we’ll get your organization up and running quickly and effortlessly. As a part of the registration process, we’ll appoint Harbor Compliance as your registered agent.

If you prefer to register independently, you can order our Registered Agent Service as a standalone solution and appoint us by taking these steps:

  1. Sign up for the service
  2. Go to the Client Portal to find the address of our Reno office
  3. Complete the pre-filled forms and submit them to the Nevada secretary of state

Expanding Your Organization

Obtaining a Nevada certificate of authority may be challenging, but we’re here to expedite it with our Foreign Qualification Service package.

Complete the signup wizard, and we’ll handle the qualification process from start to finish. Besides appointing Harbor Compliance as your registered agent, we’ll provide the service at no additional cost for a year.

Changing Your Agent

If you order our Registered Agent Service because you wish to switch from another agent, you won’t need to submit the Statement of Change independently—we can update the secretary of state on your behalf.

You’ll see the Change of Agent service option right before checkout. Add it to your cart, and we’ll make the change without any action needed on your part.

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How to Appoint Us as Your Nevada Registered Agent


Appoint us as your Nevada 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 Nevada. Sign up for Nevada 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 Nevada 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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Nevada Registered Agent FAQs

Here, you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions about Nevada registered agents. For additional guidance, visit our Information Center.

A registered agent is a person or organization that receives service of process and other official correspondence on your behalf.

Yes, a registered agent must have a physical address in Nevada to which process servers can deliver legal notices.

You can be your own registered agent, but doing so might put too much pressure on your schedule because you’d need to be at the registered office at all times during business hours.

You can perform a business search on SilverFlume, Nevada’s official business portal, and the result will reveal an entity’s registered agent.

Stay on Top of Your Obligations With Harbor Compliance

By leveraging our extensive experience and know-how, you can avoid the risk of missing a time-sensitive notice. Order our Registered Agent Service today, and you’ll be one step closer to operating in accordance with Nevada’s law.

If you need help meeting the state’s other regulatory requirements, you can inquire about our additional services or take advantage of our award-winning compliance platform. Schedule a demonstration to see it in action.

To check if there are any statutory obligations you might’ve missed, get a free Harbor Compliance Score™ and avoid taking shots in the dark.

If you want to learn more about registered agents in other jurisdictions, you can find all states and territories where Harbor Compliance operates in the following table:

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