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What is a Registered Agent?
A registered agent is an individual or entity appointed by an LLC or Corporation to receive service of process, government correspondence, and compliance documents on behalf of the business. All 50 states require you to assign a Registered Agent to be available to receive legal documents for your business, such as government correspondence, subpoenas, and tax notices. Depending on your state, these documents may need to be delivered in person, so having a Registered Agent is critical. Does your business operate in multiple states? You’ll need an agent for each one.
Who can be a Registered Agent?
In general, registered agents must meet the following requirements:
- Age: If you use an individual, they must be at least 18 years old.
- Residency: If you use an individual, they must be a resident of the state of registration. If the registered agent is a company, it can be a domestic or foreign entity, as long as it’s authorized to do business in the state.
- Physical address: Must have a physical address in the registration state. This location is usually called the “registered office.” P.O. boxes don’t count, so you can’t use a UPS Store, for example.
- Availability: Must be available to receive mail and sign official documents during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Every state allows you to appoint yourself, someone else within the company, or a third party, as long as the appointed agent meets the abovementioned requirements (plus any additional state-specific requirements). The only caveat is that you can’t name your business as its own registered agent. There must be a separate, responsible party, an individual or an outside agency.
Any of the following can serve:
- A business partner, officer, manager, or member of the business
- A business lawyer