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

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

Louisiana Registered Agent Requirements

  • Every domestic and foreign corporation must, at all times, maintain a Registered Agent with a registered office within the State of Louisiana.
  • The Registered Agent can 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 must be located at a street address (a P.O. Box alone is not acceptable) within the State of Louisiana.
  • If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Louisiana.
  • If the Registered Agent is a company, they must be able to conduct business in Louisiana.
  • The Registered Agent must be available during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.

Note that the address for your Louisiana Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your Louisiana LLC business address.

What a Louisiana Registered Agent Does

A Registered Agent’s primary job is to accept official documentation and correspondence.

This includes:

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

Incfile Provides Free Louisiana Registered Agent Service for the First Year

Incfile provides complete Louisiana Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s 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 Louisiana and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Registered Agent service provides:

An always-available Louisiana 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 business

Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business

Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you

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 LA SOS

When you formally file the Articles of Organization to create your business, you’re required to include details of your Registered Agent.

2
Form Your LLC Through Incfile and Get a Free Registered Agent

When 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 also change your Louisiana Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.

1
Choose a Registered Agent Service and File a Form with the LA SOS

Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, complete the Notice of Change of Registered Office and/or Change of Registered Agent form available on the LA SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State with a fee payment of $25 so they can update your records.

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

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 send it to the LA SOS. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.

Louisiana Registered Agent Search

In some situations, you may want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Louisiana. This information is available in the state's business database.

If the Registered Agent isn’t available there, you can request it through the Secretary of State.

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

If you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Secretary of State, there may be 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 LA SOS. If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (such as the request for your annual report), the state may revoke your right to do business.
  • Losing your status as an LLC in Louisiana. A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your LLC may be dissolved.

Acting as Your Own Registered Agent

If you have a physical address in Louisiana, you can be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Louisiana. If you’re forming an LLC outside the state, you’ll need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
  • You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Louisiana address to sign for important documents.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Secretary of State's website. If you prefer your name and address not be published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the LA Secretary of State for the new address. This won't be necessary if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.

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FAQs About Louisiana Registered Agents

Do I Need to Appoint a Louisiana Registered Agent?

Yes. All LLCs in the state are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the LA SOS. You'll find more details above.

When Should I Assign a Louisiana Registered Agent?

You must assign a Registered Agent when you start your Louisiana business with the Secretary of State. You can change your agent afterward by filing the correct form. If you form 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 Louisiana?

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

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

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

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