Nevada Registered Agents and Your LLC
The Nevada Secretary of State requires every NV LLC to have a Registered Agent. Once you have assigned a Nevada Registered Agent, they can receive official correspondence and documents on behalf of your NV business. Registered Agents can be individuals or other specialized Registered Agent service businesses.
Your LLC must have a Nevada Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing NV Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.
Rules for Nevada Registered Agents
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Nevada Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Nevada
If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Nevada
The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Nevada, not a P.O. Box
The NV Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence
Note that the NV Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Nevada LLC business address.
The Purpose of a Nevada Registered Agent
Your Nevada Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your business. They accept official communications and documents from the NV Secretary of State on your behalf. This may include:
Correspondence from the Nevada Secretary of State, like a notice to file reports and other forms
Service of process documents (for example, if your Nevada LLC has legal proceedings issued against it)
Official Nevada and federal government documents, form filings and requests for information (including taxes, permits and company filings)
The Incfile Registered Agent Service for Nevada LLCs
Incfile provides a complete Nevada Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in NV. Even better, if you choose to incorporate your Nevada 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 Nevada and can legally act as your Registered Agent.
Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s NV Registered Agent service:
The Registered Agent will always be available to accept documents and letters on your behalf
We automatically notify you whenever we receive correspondence for your business from the Nevada Secretary of State or anyone else
We scan your correspondence and upload it to a dashboard, so you can review it when convenient
We forward all correspondence to an address you choose
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How to Appoint a Nevada Registered Agent for Your LLC
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Nevada LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Appoint a NV Registered Agent Service When You Create Your Nevada LLC
Your business needs to have a Nevada 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 Nevada 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 NV Secretary of State to formally create your business.
Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Nevada 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 Nevada Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your NV Registered Agent in the form that we file.
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Change Your Nevada Registered Agent After Your LLC Is Formed
You can also change your NV 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 “Statement of Change of Registered Agent by Represented Entity” Form With the Nevada Secretary of State
Once you’ve chosen a new Nevada Registered Agent, you can complete a form called “Statement of Change of Registered Agent by Represented Entity.” Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the secretary of state so they can update your records.
Sign up for Incfile’s Nevada Registered Agent Service, and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf
When you choose to use our NV 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 Nevada Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
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Nevada Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Nevada LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Nevada Secretary of State, which will often provide details of a specific business’ Registered Agent.
If the NV Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Nevada Secretary of State requesting the information.
The Problems Caused When You Don’t Appoint a Nevada Registered Agent Service
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Nevada 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 Nevada 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 Nevada LLC: A NV Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Nevada LLC may be dissolved.
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent for Your NV LLC
If you have an address in Nevada, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
The NV Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Nevada. If you’re forming an LLC outside NV, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Nevada address to sign for important documents.
The NV Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Nevada Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you might choose a Registered Agent service.
If you change your Nevada business address or move out of state, you would need to file additional documentation with the NV 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 Nevada Registered Agents
Do I Need to Appoint a Nevada Registered Agent?
Yes. All NV LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Nevada Secretary of State.
When Can I Assign a Nevada Registered Agent Service?
You can either do it when you incorporate your Nevada business through paperwork filed with the NV 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 Nevada?
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 Nevada Secretary of State.
Does My NV Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Nevada?
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 Nevada Registered Agent Services
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