The Illinois Secretary of State requires every IL LLC to have a Registered Agent. Once you have assigned an agent, they can receive official correspondence and documents on behalf of your Illinois business. Registered Agents can be individuals or businesses that specialize in providing Registered Agent services.
Your LLC must have an Illinois Registered Agent at all times. You should appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. If needed, you can replace your existing agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent.
Here’s some important information from the Illinois Secretary of State on IL Registered Agents.
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing an Illinois Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
Note that the address for your Illinois agent does not need to be the same as your Illinois LLC business address.
What can you expect from your Illinois Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the IL Secretary of State. This includes:
If you have an LLC that’s incorporated in Illinois and you need an IL Registered Agent, we can help. Incfile provides a complete Registered Agent service for any Illinois 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 Illinois and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s IL Registered Agent service.
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Illinois LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Your business needs to have an Illinois Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization. This is the form that you file with the IL Secretary of State to formally create your business.
When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Articles of Organization based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Illinois Registered Agent Service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your IL Registered Agent in the form that we file.
You can also change your IL Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Illinois Registered Agent, you can complete the “Corporation Registered Agent or Address Change” form that’s available on the IL Secretary of State website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State so they can update your records.
When you choose to use our IL 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 “Corporation Registered Agent or Address Change” form on your behalf and send it to the Illinois Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Illinois LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Illinois Secretary of State, as this will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.
If the IL Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Illinois Secretary of State requesting the information.
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details for a Registered Agent to the Illinois Secretary of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:
If you have an address in Illinois, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your Illinois LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
Yes. All IL LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Illinois Secretary of State.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Illinois business through paperwork filed with the IL 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 just need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Illinois 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.
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Due Date: Within 60 days immediately preceding first day of anniversary month.
Filing Fee: $128
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