An Alabama Registered Agent provides various services, such as accepting formal documents and correspondence from the Alabama Secretary of State (AL SOS).
Your LLC must have an Alabama Registered Agent at all times. You appoint one when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing agent after formation, provided there is no period during which your business is without a Registered Agent.
The address for your Alabama Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your business address.
What Alabama Registered Agents Do
A Registered Agent’s primary function is to accept official correspondence and documentation.
Having a Registered Agent also allows you to prove to the state that your business exists.
Incfile Provides Free Alabama Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Alabama Registered Agent service for any LLC formed in the state. Even better, if you form your LLC through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Alabama and able to legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Alabama Registered Agent services include:
Appointing a Registered Agent Service for Your LLC
When you form an LLC in Alabama, you must appoint a Registered Agent at that time. You can change the agent at any time after that. Here’s how.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this two ways:
When you create your business, you must include your Registered Agent's information in your Certificate of Formation.
If you form your business through us, you’ll get our Registered Agent Service free for one year. We’ll use the information you provide to complete and file your Certificate of Formation for you.
Assign a New Registered Agent After Formation
You can also assign someone else as your AL Registered Agent after you’ve started your LLC. There are a couple of ways to do this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, complete the Change of Registered Agent of Registered Office by Entity form available on the AL SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, mail it to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $25 so they can update your records.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect the pertinent information about your business, complete the form and send it to the AL SOS on your behalf. We’ll notify you when we officially become your Registered Agent.
Alabama Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you may need to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Alabama. This information is available in the business database of the Alabama Secretary of State.
If the Registered Agent isn’t available in the database, you can request it through the Alabama Secretary of State.
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
If you have a physical address in Alabama, you can be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some negative consequences: