Learn About Minnesota Registered Agents for LLCs
Every business entity formed in Minnesota needs to formally appoint a person or business to act as a Registered Agent. Your Minnesota Registered Agent provides various services to MN LLCs, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Your LLC must have a Minnesota Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing MN Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.
Minnesota LLC Registered Agent Rules
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Minnesota Registered Agent for your business. They are:
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Minnesota.
- If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Minnesota.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Minnesota, not a P.O. Box.
- The MN Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.
Note that the MN Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Minnesota LLC business address.
The Purpose of a Minnesota Registered Agent
What can you expect from your Minnesota Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents and correspondence from the MN Secretary of State. This includes:
- Correspondence from the Minnesota Secretary of State
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your MN LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
- Official Minnesota state and federal government correspondence and notifications
- Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Incfile’s Free Minnesota Registered Agent Service
Incfile provides a complete Minnesota Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in MN—and it’s $0 (+ any state fee) for the first year.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Minnesota and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what the Infile Minnesota Registered Agent service provides for your MN LLC:
- An always-available Minnesota 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 Minnesota business
- Email notification whenever we receive documents for your Minnesota 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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How to Appoint a Minnesota Registered Agent for Your LLC
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Minnesota LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Appoint a MN Registered Agent Service When You Create Your Minnesota LLC
Your business needs to have a Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 MN Secretary of State to formally create your business.
Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Minnesota 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 Minnesota Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your MN Registered Agent in the form that we file.
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Change Your Minnesota Registered Agent After Your LLC Is Formed
You can also change your MN 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 “Notice of Change of Registered Office/Registered Agent” Form with the Minnesota Secretary of State
Once you’ve chosen a new Minnesota Registered Agent, you can complete a Notice of Change of Registered Office/Registered Agent form that’s available on the MN Secretary of State website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the secretary of state so they can update your records.
Sign Up for Incfile’s Minnesota Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf
When you choose to use our MN 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 Minnesota Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
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Minnesota Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Minnesota LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Minnesota Secretary of State, which will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.
If the MN Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Minnesota Secretary of State requesting the information.
The Problems Caused When You Don’t Appoint a Minnesota Registered Agent Service
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 a Minnesota LLC: A MN Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Minnesota LLC may be dissolved.
You Can Appoint Yourself as Your Own Minnesota Registered Agent
If you have an address in Minnesota, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
- The MN Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Minnesota. If you’re forming an LLC outside MN, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Minnesota address to sign for important documents.
- The MN Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your Minnesota business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the MN 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 Minnesota Registered Agents
Do I Need to Appoint a Minnesota Registered Agent?
Yes. All MN LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Minnesota Secretary of State.
When Can I Assign a Minnesota Registered Agent Service?
You can either do it when you incorporate your Minnesota business through paperwork filed with the MN 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 Minnesota?
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you just need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Does My MN Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Minnesota?
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 Minnesota Registered Agent Services
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