Your Kentucky Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Kentucky Secretary of State (SOS).

Your LLC is required to have a Registered Agent at all times. You appoint one when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing Kentucky Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agents.

 

Kentucky Registered Agent Requirements

  • Every domestic and foreign business entity must, at all times, maintain a Registered Agent with a registered office within the State of Kentucky.
  • The Registered Agent may be either a natural person or a domestic or foreign (licensed to transact business in the state) artificial legal entity (Corporation, LLC, LP or LLP).
  • The Registered Office is required to be at a street address within the State of Kentucky (a P.O. Box isn’t acceptable).
  • If the Registered Agent is a person, they’re required to reside in Kentucky.
  • If the Registered Agent is a business, they’re required to be able to conduct business in Kentucky.
  • The Registered Agent is required to be available to sign for any correspondence during normal business hours.

Note that the address for your Kentucky agent does not need to be the same as your Kentucky LLC business address.

What a Kentucky Registered Agent Does

A Registered Agent’s main function is to accept official documentation and correspondence.

This includes:

  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
  • Service of process notices (e.g., if your LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
  • Communication from the Kentucky SOS
  • Official state and federal government correspondence and notices

Having a Registered Agent also provides proof to the state that your business exists.

Incfile Provides Free Kentucky Registered Agent Service for the First Year

Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Kentucky and can legally act as your Registered Agent. We offer a complete Kentucky Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formed in KY. Even better, if you establish your business through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.

Here’s what our Registered Agent service provides:

An always-available Kentucky Registered Agent who can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your LLC’s behalf

An online dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business

Email alerts whenever we receive documents for your business

Direct and automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information

 

Appointing a Registered Agent Service 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’s formed. You can do this two ways:

1
File Articles of Organization with the Kentucky SOS

You’ll need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization when you establish your business.

2
File Through Incfile, Get a Free Registered Agent

When you form your LLC through us, we’ll give you a free year of our Registered Agent Service. Then we’ll use the information you provide to complete to file your Articles of Organization for you.

Assign a Different Registered Agent After Formation

You’re allowed to change your Kentucky Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to do this.

1
Choose a New Registered Agent, then File a Form with the Kentucky SOS

Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete the Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Address form available on the Kentucky SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the SOS with a payment of $10, and they’ll update your records.

2
Register for Incfile’s Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf

If you use our Registered Agent service, we'll 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 file it with the Kentucky SOS. We’ll notify you once we officially become your Registered Agent.

Kentucky Registered Agent Search

There may be an occasion when you want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Kentucky. This information is available in the state's business database.

If the Registered Agent isn’t available there, you can request it directly from the Kentucky SOS.

What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?

If you do not select a Registered Agent and provide the required details to the Kentucky SOS, there may be several ramifications, including:

  • Getting served or sued, and not finding out about it until it’s too late. 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 Kentucky SOS. If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (such as a request for your annual report), the state could take away your right to do business.
  • Losing your status as an LLC in Kentucky. A Registered Agent proves to the state that your business exists. Without that business entity protection, your LLC may be dissolved.
 

Acting as Your Own Registered Agent

If you have an address in Kentucky, you can serve as the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach for a few reasons:

  • The Registered Agent is required to have a physical street address in Kentucky. 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 Kentucky address to sign for important documents.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and are searchable through the Secretary of State's website. If you prefer to keep this information private, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your business address or move out of state, you need to inform the Secretary of State of the new address — a step not necessary if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.

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FAQs About Kentucky Registered Agents

Do I Need to Appoint a Kentucky Registered Agent?

Yes. All business entities in the state are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Kentucky SOS. Find more information above.

When Should I Assign a Kentucky Registered Agent?

You’re required to assign a Registered Agent when you form your business with the Kentucky SOS. You’re allowed to change your agent afterward with a form. If you establish your business through Incfile, we’ll file all the necessary forms on your behalf. You'll find more information above.

Can I Be My Own Registered Agent in Kentucky?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above.

Does the Registered Agent for My Kentucky-Based LLC Need to Have an Address in Kentucky?

Yes. And if you use a company as your Registered Agent, the company must be legally able to conduct business in your state. You'll find more information above.

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