An Illinois Registered Agent provides various services including accepting formal documents and correspondence from the Illinois Secretary of State (IL SOS).
Your LLC is required to have a Registered Agent at all times. You appoint one when you first start your business, but you can also replace your existing Illinois Registered Agent at a later date, assuming the service is uninterrupted while switching between the old and new agents.
Note that the address for your Illinois agent doesn't need to be the same as your business address. In fact, you can use an Illinois virtual mailbox for your business address.
Important: A virtual mailbox is not a substitute for a Registered Agent. They perform two different functions and per state law, you must have a Registered Agent.
What an Illinois Registered Agent Does
The Registered Agent’s main function is to accept official documents and correspondence.
Incfile Provides Free Illinois Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile offers complete Illinois Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formed in the state. Even better, if you start your business through us, your Registered Agent is free for the first year, and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile can legally act as your Registered Agent and is authorized to conduct business in Illinois. Here’s what you’ll get from the our Registered Agent service:
Appointing a Registered Agent for Your LLC
Illinois requires you to appoint a Registered Agent when you first form your LLC, but you can change it at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business is required to have a Registered Agent when it’s formed, and you have two opportunities to do this:
Include details of your Registered Agent on the form you file with the Secretary of State.
If you start your business through us, you’ll get a free year of our Registered Agent Service, and we’ll use the information you provide to complete and file your Articles of Organization for you.
Assign a Different Registered Agent After Formation
You can always change your Illinois Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC. There are two ways to do this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete the Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form available on the IL SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State with the required $25 filing fee.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we fill and file the forms for you. We’ll ask you all the important details about your business, complete the form with that information, and then send it to the IL SOS. We’ll let you know once we are officially your Registered Agent.
Illinois Registered Agent Search
You may need to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Illinois. You can usually find this information in the state's business database.
You can also request it through the Secretary of State's office if you can’t find the Registered Agent’s information online.
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
You can be the Registered Agent for your Illinois LLC if you have an address in the state, but there can be disadvantages:
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FAQs About Illinois Registered Agents
Yes. The state mandates all LLCs in Illinois have a Registered Agent. You'll find more details above.
When you create your Illinois business with the IL SOS, you assign your Registered Agent, but you can change your agent afterward by filing a form. If you create your business through Incfile, we’ll do all the paperwork for you. You'll find more information above.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above.
Yes. Additionally, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state. You'll find more information above.