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Appointing a South Dakota registered agent with the secretary of state is among the first steps to ensuring your organization can operate legally. Your agent will serve as your main point of contact with the state, accepting service of process and other official correspondence on your behalf and then forwarding it to you.
While the role of a registered agent may seem procedural, it is crucial to avoiding legal issues. This guide will explain what the responsibilities of a South Dakota registered agent are and who can perform them.
We’ll also show you how to appoint your agent and introduce Harbor Compliance—a trusted partner of multistate organizations.
A registered agent is required to accept service of process and other notices, demands, and similar government or legal correspondence on behalf of the represented organization. Your agent then forwards such communication to you, ensuring you don’t miss it.
To perform their duties, a registered agent must have a physical South Dakota address (known as a registered office) where they’ll receive notices. They must be available during all regular business hours, or they might miss the process server’s visit.
Missing a notice can be quite dangerous in case of a lawsuit against your organization. You might be unaware of the process and fail to appear in court. In this scenario, the judge or court might resort to a default judgment—a ruling made without you present, typically in the plaintiff’s favor.
Chapter 59-11 of the South Dakota Statute is dedicated to the Model Registered Agents Act (MoRAA), which outlines all the rules regarding registered agents. According to MoRAA, registered agents are split into two categories:
Regardless of the type, a registered agent can be any of the following:
According to South Dakota laws, most legal entities (including corporations and LLCs) must appoint and maintain a registered agent. You’ll have to name an agent on your formation or foreign qualification documents, which vary depending on your business structure:
|Business Structure||Formation Documents|
|Profit corporation||Articles of Incorporation for profit corporations|
|Nonprofit corporation||Articles of Incorporation for nonprofit corporation|
|LLC||Articles of Organization|
If you go with a commercial agent, you only need to provide their name in the relevant section of your filings. If it’s a noncommercial agent, you must also include their address, as it is unknown to the secretary of state beforehand.
Either way, you must keep the agent’s information accurate and current in your filings. Their name and/or address must match those in the secretary of state records whether your agent is commercial or not.
If your existing noncommerical registered agent changes their address, you’ll have to update the state yourself using the appropriate form. Besides, it’s your responsibility to keep in touch with the agent to be aware of any changes in the first place.
This isn’t the case with commercial agents, who can update their address or name without your involvement. Note that it’s still your responsibility to ensure that the most recent information is included in documents like your annual report.
If your agent resigns, or you wish to partner with a different one, you can file a Statement of Change through the secretary of state’s online portal. You only need your Secretary of State Business ID, and the electronic filing will cost you $10. If you choose to print out the form and send it by mail, you’ll need to pay another $15 for processing.
If you want your South Dakota organization to operate in accordance with the law, Harbor Compliance is here to assist you. Through our Registered Agent Service, you can rest assured that you will never overlook any legal or official communication, allowing you to meet all your obligations without setbacks.
Thanks to our online Client Portal, you can manage your notices wherever you are, which gives you more flexibility if you run a multistate organization. Harbor Compliance supports clients in:
By engaging with us, you can enjoy numerous benefits, most notably:
If you need help meeting South Dakota’s regulations beyond appointing a registered agent, you can leverage our many additional services:
At first, it might seem logical to appoint someone from your organization as your registered agent, considering they’re already present at the office during regular working hours. You may even want to list your own address because doing so seems the simplest.
The problem is that if you appoint an employee, there’s always a chance you might receive service of process in front of your team or clients, potentially damaging your organization’s reputation. On the other hand, choosing yourself would affect your privacy, as your name and address would enter the public record.
Other individuals—friends, family members, or commercial agents—might not offer the flexibility and constant availability you need. If they’re absent for any reason (personal time off, sickness, etc.), you risk missing a crucial notice, such as a lawsuit, and facing the associated legal consequences.
With all of the above in mind, appointing a full-fledged provider like Harbor Compliance is the safest option for the following reasons:
With Harbor Compliance, you can strike a balance between in-house and outsourced work or choose to leave everything to us. Depending on whether you’re forming a new legal entity in South Dakota, foreign qualifying in the state, or changing your agent, there are several ways to appoint us as your registered agent.
If you’re registering a new legal entity in South Dakota, you can use our Incorporation, Nonprofit Formation, and LLC Formation services to complete the process effortlessly. Choose your preferred service, and we’ll submit all the filings on your behalf and enter our details in the registered agent section of the formation documents to appoint ourselves.
Alternatively, you can take a more DIY approach to formation and order our Registered Agent Service separately. In this case, you can appoint us by taking the following steps:
Whether your agent has resigned or you need a more comprehensive or reliable solution, you can make the switch in one click before completing the order of our Registered Agent Service.
Right before checkout, you’ll see the "Change of Agent " option. Once you select it and check out, we’ll make the change and appoint Harbor Compliance as your new agent.
Meeting all the requirements for expanding into South Dakota can be time-consuming. If you want to expedite the process, our Foreign Qualification Service can ensure your organization is up and running as quickly as possible.
When you complete the registration, we’ll submit all the necessary documents to the secretary of state and obtain your South Dakota certificate of authority. We’ll also make Harbor Compliance your registered agent, so you won’t need to do it separately.
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Appoint us as your South Dakota 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 South Dakota. Sign up for South Dakota 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 South Dakota 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.
Below are the most commonly asked questions about South Dakota registered agents. If you need additional information, visit our Information Center and explore our extensive library of resources.
Most legal entities are obligated to appoint a registered agent when submitting their formation documents. You must also maintain your agent to avoid administrative dissolution—the decision by which you lose the right to operate in the state.
A registered agent of an LLC is a person or organization receiving service of process and other official correspondence on behalf of the company.
A noncommercial registered agent can be any person or organization with an address in South Dakota that gives consent to the represented entity.
You can list yourself as your organization’s registered agent, but this means you must accept service of process in person and that your details enter the public record, which results in less privacy.
Engaging with Harbor Compliance means your notices will be handled by a team of experts, so you can respond to any legal action promptly and avoid issues like default judgment. Complete our Registered Agent Service wizard to get started.
If you need additional help meeting South Dakota’s requirements, feel free to contact us. We’ll find the best solution for your compliance needs to ensure your organization establishes and maintains good standing with the state.
You can also request a free Harbor Compliance Score™ to get a clear overview of your organization’s regulatory standing. Regardless of the results, you can stay on top of all the requirements using our advanced software. Schedule a demonstration to see how it can help.
Our Registered Agent Service is available nationwide, so consult the following table if you want to learn about other states’ regulations: