Learn About Alabama Registered Agents

The Alabama Secretary of State requires every AL LLC to have a Registered Agent. Once you have assigned an Alabama Registered Agent, they can receive official correspondence and documents on behalf of your AL business. Registered Agents can be individuals or other specialized Registered Agent service businesses.

Your LLC must have an Alabama Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing AL Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.

Rules for Alabama Registered Agents

There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing an Alabama Registered Agent service for your business. They are:

  • If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Alabama.
  • If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Alabama.
  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Alabama, not a P.O. Box.
  • The AL Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.

Note that the AL Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Alabama LLC business address.

What to Expect from an Alabama Registered Agent Service

What can you expect from your Alabama Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the AL Secretary of State. This includes:

  • Correspondence from the Alabama Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices (e.g., if your AL LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
  • Official Alabama state and federal government correspondence and notificationsaa
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

The Incfile Registered Agent Service for Alabama LLCs

If you have an LLC that’s incorporated in Alabama and you need an AL Registered Agent, we can help. Incfile provides a complete Registered Agent service for any Alabama business. If you form your business through Incfile, we’ll act as your Registered Agent free for your first year (normally a $119 annual cost).

We are authorized to conduct business in Alabama and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s AL Registered Agent service:

  • The Registered Agent will always be available to accept documents and letters on your behalf.
  • We automatically notify you whenever we receive correspondence for your business from the Alabama Secretary of State or anyone else.
  • We scan your correspondence and upload it to a dashboard, so you can review it when convenient.
  • We forward all correspondence to an address you choose.

Your Options for Appointing an Alabama Registered Agent

You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Alabama LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.

Assign Your Alabama Registered Agent When You Form Your AL LLC

Your business needs to have an Alabama Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.

File Certificate of Formation with the Alabama Secretary of State

You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Certificate of Formation. This is the form that you file with the AL Secretary of State to formally create your business.

Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Alabama Registered Agent

When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Certificate of Formation based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Alabama Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your AL Registered Agent in the form that we file.

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Assign a Different Alabama Registered Agent Service After Incorporation

You can also change your AL Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.

Choose a Registered Agent Service and File Form “Change of Registered Agent or Registered Office by Entity” with the Alabama Secretary of State

Once you’ve chosen a new Alabama Registered Agent, you can complete form “Change of Registered Agent or Registered Office by Entity” that’s available on the AL Secretary of State website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State so they can update your records.

Sign up for Incfile’s Alabama Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf

When you choose to use our AL Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete form “Change of Registered Agent or Registered Office by Entity” on your behalf and send it to the Alabama Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.

Alabama Registered Agent Search

In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Alabama LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Alabama Secretary of State, which will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.

If the AL Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Alabama Secretary of State requesting the information.

Possible Outcomes of Not Assigning a Registered Agent for Your Alabama LLC

What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Alabama Secretary of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it: If your LLC is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
  • Falling out of good standing with the Alabama Secretary of State: If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (like the request for your annual report), certain states may revoke your right to do business.
  • Losing your status as an Alabama LLC: An AL Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Alabama LLC may be dissolved.

Assigning Yourself as the Alabama Registered Agent for Your LLC

If you have an address in Alabama, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:

  • The AL Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Alabama. If you’re forming an LLC outside AL, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agenta
  • You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Alabama address to sign for important documents.
  • The AL Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Alabama Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you may want to choose a Registered Agent service.a
  • If you change your Alabama business address or move out of state, you would need to file additional documentation with the AL Secretary of State for the new address if you act as your own Registered Agent. This would not be the case if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.

FAQs About Alabama Registered Agents

Do I Need to Appoint an Alabama Registered Agent?

Yes. All AL LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Alabama Secretary of State.

When Can I Assign an Alabama Registered Agent Service?

You can either do it when you incorporate your Alabama business through paperwork filed with the AL Secretary of State or afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we will file all necessary forms on your behalf.

Can I Be My Own Registered Agent in Alabama?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Alabama Secretary of State.

Does My AL Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Alabama?

Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.

Useful Resources for Alabama Registered Agent Services

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