Why Is a Change of Registered Agent Needed?
All businesses are required to designate a Registered Agent when registering.
A Registered Agent (also known as statutory agent or resident agent) is an individual or a business who is chosen to be the official recipient of important legal documents on behalf of a business entity.
Reasons that you might need a change of Registered Agent include:
How Do I Change a Registered Agent?
To change your Registered Agent, you need to fill out a "Change of Registered Agent" form in your particular state.
The forms used to process your order, the processing fee and information needed varies by state, so it’s crucial to adhere to the specific requirements listed by your Secretary of State.
You need to fill out the specific form for your state (or other listed forms if required) and send them in along with any required fee.
It can be complicated and daunting, but Incfile is here to help.
What Happens If I Don’t Appoint or Report
a Change in Registered Agents?
All LLCs and corporations are required to designate a Registered Agent when they file with their Secretary of State.
Failing to do so will cause you to fall out of good standing with the state and recieve some hefty fines.
You'll also face fines if you change your Registered Agent without notifying the Secretary of State, and may be subject to revocation of your business license, your right to enter into legal contracts and your access to the state court system.
Reinstatement proceedings could also include additional financial and legal hardships.
Need Help Filing Your Change of Registered Agent?
To change Registered Agents, you must first complete and submit a change of Registered Agent filing.
This filing will allow you to stop using your current Registered Agent service and elect a new Registered Agent.
Do you need someone to change your Registered Agent for you? Or would you like someone to file the change and then provide Registered Agent service going forward?
Either way, you can save time and stress by letting Incfile manage the agent change paperwork for you.
Does the Type of Business Entity Affect Whether I Can Change My Registered Agent?
No. It’s possible for any company to change their Registered Agent.
Whether your business is a C corp, S corp, limited liability company (LLC) or limited liability partnership, let Incfile take care of your change of agency so you can focus on more important things.
Our service fee to change the agent is $49. You'll also need to pay the state fee, which varies based on where your business was formed.
To review the fee in your state click on the “order now” button and select the state and entity type.
No! We pride ourselves on transparency. There are absolutely no hidden costs associated with you changing your Registered Agent.
You’ll always need to fill out a “Change of Registered Agent” form, but the processing fee and the information needed varies by state - which is why it pays to work with Incfile.
Check out everything you need to know about Registered Agents and make sure to explore your state’s specific information.
In some states, you can complete it in as little as an hour.
No. Most states just require the name of the business entity, the current registered agent name and address, the name and address of the new Registered Agent, and the name and information of the authorized person filling out the form on behalf of the entity.
Discover everything you need to know about; what Registered Agents do and Incfile’s Registered Agent Service.
Check out all of our other resources related to Registered Agents and learn all about what types of entities Incfile can be a Registered Agent for.
Some states require that a member or director of the entity sign the documentation required to change the Registered Agent. If your state requires this, we will email you a copy of the documents for signature.
Most states require that the Registered Agent be a resident of the state you’re doing business in. However, most states allow businesses to hire "service companies" (such as an attorney or accountant) to provide registered agent services on their behalf.
The governing state agency will typically return a copy of the filed document which is then mailed to the client.