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If you’re looking to form a business entity, such as an LLC or a corporation, you need to designate a registered agent to receive notices of lawsuits and government documents on behalf of your business. States use different terms for “registered agent,” but they all refer to the same thing. One such term is “resident agent.”
The states that use the local term “resident agent” include the following:
*Term used only for Sole Proprietorships, General Partnerships, and Family Trusts
A resident agent is required in each state where an entity registers to do business. While state requirements vary, some businesses cannot serve as their own agent to accept legal papers. Instead, the business needs to appoint an individual or a separate company to serve as the agent.
Entities must appoint a registered agent in every state where they plan to operate. The resident agent must maintain a physical address where notices can be received. Examples of papers sent to that physical address include court papers for service of process, tax notices, and business registration renewals.
While resident agent services may not seem tremendously complex, the agent you designate assumes significant responsibility and potential liability. They must be able to perform their duties accurately and professionally.
While you can designate an individual to serve as your resident agent, a registered agent service company offers additional privacy and reliability. Businesses registering in new states often appoint a registered agent service company whose local offices meet the physical address requirement.
When you start the formation process for your business with the secretary of state, you will be asked to designate a resident agent. While the process varies from state to state, you will likely need to provide the contact information of your resident agent, including their address. In the event you are looking to change your resident agent, you can file an amendment with the secretary of state.
If you’re in the process of registering your own business and are looking to learn more about appointing a resident agent, Harbor Compliance can help.