A New Jersey Registered Agent provides a variety of services, such as accepting formal documents and correspondence from the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, which is part of the New Jersey Department of Treasury.
Your LLC is required to have a Registered Agent at all times. You must appoint one when you start your NJ business. You can also replace your existing agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agents.
Note: In most states, business creation and management is administered by the Secretary of State. In New Jersey, it's handled by the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, which falls under the New Jersey Department of Treasury, but the NJ SOS does provide some resources and support through its Business Action Center.
The address for your New Jersey Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your business address. In fact, you can use a New Jersey virtual mailbox for your business address.
Important: A virtual mailbox is not a replacement for a Registered Agent. They perform completely separate functions and per state law, you are required to have a Registered Agent at all times.
What a New Jersey Registered Agent Does
A Registered Agent’s main function is to accept official documentation and correspondence.
Having a Registered Agent also proves to the state that your business exists.
Incfile Provides Free New Jersey Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides complete New Jersey Registered Agent service for any LLC formed in the state. Even better, if you create your NJ 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 New Jersey and can legally act as your Registered Agent.
Here’s what you get with our Registered Agent service:
- A New Jersey Registered Agent who is always available to receive correspondence, documents and legal notices on your LLC’s behalf
- A real-time dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
- Email notifications when 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 form your LLC, you'll assign a Registered Agent, which you can change at any time after that. Here’s how.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
You'll include your Registered Agent's details on your Business Registration Application when you form your LLC in New Jersey.
When you form your NJ business through us, we'll complete and file your Business Registration Application for you. We'll also provide free Registered Agent Service for the first year.
Change Your Registered Agent After Formation
You can assign a new Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to do this.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we'll fill out and file all the forms for you, then send them to the New Jersey Department of Treasury on your behalf. We’ll notify you once we officially become your Registered Agent.
New Jersey Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent who represents another LLC in New Jersey. If so, you can search the state's business records database.
If the Registered Agent information isn’t available in the registry, contact the New Jersey Division of Revenue directly to request the information.
What Happens If You Don’t Assign a Registered Agent?
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
You're permitted to be the Registered Agent for your New Jersey LLC if you maintain a business office in the state. However, you may encounter some drawbacks in doing this:
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in New Jersey. 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 New Jersey address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services website. If you prefer to keep your name and address private, opt for a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the 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.