Registered Agents and Your Alaska LLC

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

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

What the Alaska Division of Corporations Says About Registered Agents

Here’s some important information from the Alaska Division of Corporations on Registered Agent services.

“The registered agent of a corporation is an agent upon who may be served processes, notices, or demands required or permitted by law to be served upon the corporation.

Failure to maintain a current and valid physical and mailing address (i.e. as may be demonstrated by return USPS mail to this division) will result in non-compliance status for the entity and may lead to involuntarily dissolution or revocation of the entity’s authority to transact business in the State of Alaska.

The registered agent is statutorily responsible for receiving and forwarding processes, notices, or demands on to the last known address of the entity.”

Rules for Alaska Registered Agents

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

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

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

Services Provided by an Alaska Registered Agent

What can you expect from your Alaska Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence. This includes:

  • Correspondence from the Alaska Division of Corporations, like a notice to file reports and other forms
  • Service of process documents (for example, if your Alaska LLC has legal proceedings issued against it)
  • Official Alaska and federal government documents, form filings and requests for information (including taxes, permits and company filings)

The Incfile Registered Agent Service for Alaska LLCs

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

We are authorized to conduct business in Alaska and can legally act as your Registered Agent.

Here’s what the Incfile Alaska Registered Agent service provides for your LLC:

  • An always-available Alaska Registered Agent who can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your LLC’s behalf
  • A digital dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your Alaska business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
  • Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you
  • Your first year free ($119 a year after), whether you incorporate with Incfile or not

Appointing a Registered Agent Service for Your Alaska LLC

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

Assign Your Alaska Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC

Your business needs to have an Alaska 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 Alaska Division of Corporations

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

Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Alaska 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 Alaska Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your Registered Agent in the form that we file.

Change Your Registered Agent After Your LLC Is Formed

You can also change your 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 Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent, or Both with the Alaska Division of Corporations

Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete a form that’s available on the AK Division of Corporations website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Division of Corporations so they can update your records.

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

When you choose to use our AK Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form on your behalf and send it to the Alaska Division of Corporations. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.

Alaska Registered Agent Search

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

If the Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Alaska Division of Corporations requesting the information.

Issues with Not Having an Alaska Registered Agent

What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Alaska Division of Corporations? 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 Alaska Division of Corporations: 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 Alaska LLC: A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your LLC may be dissolved.

You Can Appoint Yourself as Your Own Alaska Registered Agent

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

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Alaska. If you’re forming an LLC outside AK, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
  • You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Alaska address to sign for important documents.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Alaska Division of Corporations's website. If you prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your Alaska business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the AK Division of Corporations 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 Alaska Registered Agents

Do I Need to Appoint an Alaska Registered Agent?

Yes. All AK LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Alaska Division of Corporations.

When Can I Assign an Alaska Registered Agent Service?

You can either do it when you incorporate your Alaska business through paperwork filed with the Division of Corporations 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 Alaska?

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 Alaska Division of Corporations.

Does My Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Alaska?

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 Alaska Registered Agent Services

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