Learn About Arkansas Registered Agents for LLCs
Your LLC must assign an Arkansas Registered Agent. This is a formally recognized person or business who can receive business correspondence and other documents from the Arkansas Secretary of State. Assigning a Registered Agent is a legal requirement.
Your LLC must have an 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.
Arkansas Registered Agent Rules
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing an Arkansas Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Arkansas.
- If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Arkansas.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Arkansas, 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 Arkansas LLC business address.
What an AR Registered Agent Does
Your Arkansas Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your business. They accept official communications and documents from the Secretary of State on your behalf. This may include:
- Correspondence from the Secretary of State, like a notice to file reports and other forms
- Service of process documents (for example, if your Arkansas LLC has legal proceedings issued against it)
- Official Arkansas and federal government documents, form filings and requests for information (including taxes, permits and company filings)
The Incfile Registered Agent Service for Arkansas LLCs
Incfile provides a complete Arkansas Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in AR. Even better, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year—whether you incorporate with Incfile or not—and only $119 a year after that.
We are authorized to conduct business in Arkansas and can legally act as your Registered Agent.
Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s 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 Arkansas 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.
- The service is free for the first year and $119 a year after that.
Appointing a Registered Agent Service for Your Arkansas LLC
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Arkansas LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign Your Arkansas Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have an Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 AR Secretary of State to formally create your business.
Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Arkansas 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 Arkansas Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your Registered Agent in the form that we file.Incorporate Your Business Through Incfile
Assign a Different Arkansas Registered Agent Service After Incorporation
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 Arkansas Secretary of State
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete a form that’s available on the AR 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 Arkansas Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf
When you choose to use our AR 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 Arkansas Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.Order Incfile's Arkansas Registered Agent Service
Searching for AR Registered Agents for Other LLCs
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Arkansas LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Arkansas Secretary of State, 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 Arkansas Secretary of State requesting the information.
Issues with Not Having an Arkansas Registered Agent
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas Registered Agent
If you have an address in Arkansas, 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 Arkansas. If you’re forming an LLC outside AR , you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
- You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Arkansas address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Arkansas Secretary of State's website. If you prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your Arkansas business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the AR 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 Arkansas Registered Agents
Yes. All AR LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Arkansas Secretary of State.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Arkansas business through paperwork filed with the 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.
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 Arkansas Secretary of State.
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 Arkansas Registered Agent Services
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