Your Indiana Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Indiana SOS, Business Services Division.
Your LLC must have a Registered Agent at all times. You’ll appoint one when you first formally register and start your business. You can also replace your existing Indiana Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agents.
Note that the address for your Indiana Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your Indiana LLC business address.
What an Indiana Registered Agent Does
A Registered Agent’s main function in Indiana is to accept official documentation and communications.
- Correspondence from the Indiana Secretary of State
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
- Official state and federal government correspondence and notices
- Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Having a Registered Agent also provides proof to the state that your business exists.
Incfile Provides Free Indiana Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Indiana Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formally formed in the state. Even better, if you form your business through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Indiana and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Registered Agent service provides:
Appointing a Registered Agent for Your LLC
When you first form your LLC, you must appoint a Registered Agent. 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 needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it is formed. You can do this two ways:
When you formally create your business, you’re required to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization.
When you establish your business through Incfile, you’ll get a free year of our Registered Agent service. We’ll also complete your Articles of Organization for you with the information that you provide and file them on your behalf
Assign a Different Registered Agent After Formation
You can also decide to assign someone else to be your Indiana Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can log in to your account with the state of Indiana’s INBIZ online system to file the change online. Once you’ve filed the change, the Secretary of State, Business Services Division, will review and update your records. There is no fee for this service.
When you use our 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 then send it to the Indiana Secretary of State, Business Services Division. When we officially become your Registered Agent, we’ll let you know.
Indiana Registered Agent Search
In certain situations, it may be useful to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Indiana. You can search the INBIZ business database to discover this information.
If you can’t find the Registered Agent information there, you can request it from the Secretary of State, Business Services Division.
What Happens if You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
You can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC if you have a physical address in Indiana. There can be some drawbacks to this approach:
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Indiana. If you’re forming an LLC outside the state, you’ll need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
- Someone must always be available during business hours at the Indiana address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Indiana Secretary of State's website. If you prefer that this specific information remain private, you should use a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the Secretary of State for the new address. This isn’t necessary if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.