Indiana Registered Agents for Your LLC
The Indiana Secretary of State requires every IN LLC to have a Registered Agent. Once you have assigned an Indiana Registered Agent, they can receive official correspondence and documents on behalf of your IN business. Registered Agents can be individuals or other specialized Registered Agent service businesses.
Your LLC must have an Indiana Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing IN Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.
What the Indiana Secretary of State Says About IN Registered Agents
Here’s some important information from the Indiana Secretary of State on IN Registered Agent services.
“All Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Partnerships must maintain a Registered Agent and Registered Address within the State of Indiana. The Registered Agent is the legal representative and contact for the business. The Registered Agent cannot be the business entity itself. The Registered Agent may be a person or another formal business association which was incorporated (or qualified) in Indiana and which maintains a valid Registered Agent in Indiana. The business address of the Registered Agent must be identical to the office address. A Post Office Box number is not sufficient unless a rural route number is part of the address.”
Rules for Appointing an Indiana Registered Agent Service for Your LLC
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing an Indiana Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Indiana.
- If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Indiana.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Indiana, not a P.O. Box.
- The IN Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.
Note that the IN Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Indiana LLC business address.
Services Provided by an Indiana Registered Agent
What can you expect from your Indiana Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the IN Secretary of State. This includes:
- Correspondence from the Indiana Secretary of State
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your IN LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
- Official Indiana state and federal government correspondence and notifications
- Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Incfile’s Free Indiana Registered Agent Service
Incfile provides a complete Indiana Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in IN—and it’s $0 (+ any state fee) for the first year.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Indiana and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what the Infile Indiana Registered Agent service provides for your IN LLC:
- An always-available Indiana 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 Indiana business
- Email notification whenever we receive documents for your Indiana business
- Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you
- Your first year is free, whether you form your business through Incfile or not (service is $119 a year after first year)
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Appointing an IN Registered Agent Service for Your Indiana LLC
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Indiana LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign Your Indiana Registered Agent When You Form Your IN LLC
Your business needs to have an Indiana Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
File Articles of Organization with the Indiana Secretary of State
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization. This is the form that you file with the IN Secretary of State to formally create your business.
Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Indiana Registered Agent
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 Indiana Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your IN Registered Agent in the form that we file.
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Change Your Indiana Registered Agent After Your LLC Is Formed
You can also change your IN 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 a Form with the Indiana Secretary of State
Once you’ve chosen a new Indiana Registered Agent, you can complete a form. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State so they can update your records.
Sign Up for Incfile’s Indiana Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf
When you choose to use our IN 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 Indiana Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
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IN Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Indiana LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Indiana Secretary of State, which will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.
If the IN Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Indiana Secretary of State requesting the information.
Issues with Not Having an Indiana Registered Agent
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana LLC: An IN Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Indiana LLC may be dissolved.
You Can Appoint Yourself as Your Own Indiana Registered Agent
If you have an address in Indiana, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
The IN Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Indiana. If you’re forming an LLC outside IN, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Indiana address to sign for important documents.
The IN 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 your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
If you change your Indiana business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the IN 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 Indiana Registered Agents
Do I Need to Appoint an Indiana Registered Agent?
Yes. All IN LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Indiana Secretary of State.
When Can I Assign an Indiana Registered Agent Service?
You can either do it when you incorporate your Indiana business through paperwork filed with the IN 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.
Can I Be My Own Registered Agent in Indiana?
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 Indiana Secretary of State.
Does My IN Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Indiana?
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 Indiana Registered Agent Services
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