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Registered Agents and Your North Carolina LLC

Your North Carolina LLC needs to have a “Registered Agent.” They’re chosen by you and can accept legal notices and other correspondence for your North Carolina Limited Liability Company (LLC) on your behalf. There are some rules on choosing Registered Agents:

  • If you choose a person, they must reside in North Carolina
  • If you choose a business, they must be able to conduct business in North Carolina
  • They must have a physical street address (not a P.O. Box)
  • They must be available in person to sign for any delivered correspondence during normal business hours

At Incfile we provide a comprehensive Registered Agent service that’s free for the first year if you incorporate through us. Our Registered Agent service includes a dashboard where you can review documents received, get automatic notification of correspondence and get free forwarding of all official legal correspondence.

North Carolina Registered Agents: What Type of Legal Notices Might They Receive?

A North Carolina Registered Agent may receive, on behalf of your LLC:

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

Note that the North Carolina Secretary of State does need the address of your Registered Agent, and it needs to be a street address, not a P.O. Box.

A Registered Agent might also be known as a “Corporate Agent,” "Resident Agent," “Agent for Service of Process” or "Statutory Agent."

Acting As Your Own Registered Agent for Your North Carolina LLC

If you live in North Carolina, you might choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. Be aware that there may be some drawbacks to this:

  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business. If you can’t always be available, consider using a third-party service like Incfile.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the North Carolina Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, you might choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your North Carolina business address or move out of state, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the secretary of state for the new address of your Registered Agent. You will need to set up a new registered agent service in the new state.

If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent for Your North Carolina LLC

Failing to have a Registered Agent in North Carolina can cause your business issues. These include:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it. If your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
  • North Carolina LLCs need to remain in good standing with the secretary of state. If correspondence is undeliverable, certain states may revoke your right to do business.
  • Losing your status as a North Carolina LLC. A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your North Carolina LLC may be dissolved.

Incfile Will Provide a Registered Agent for North Carolina on Behalf of Your LLC

Here at Incfile, we have a reliable Registered Agent Service. We provide the first year of this service completely for free if you choose to form your LLC with us. After the first year, it’s only $119 for subsequent years — a small price for your peace of mind. Here’s what our service provides:

  • An always available Registered Agent service that can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your 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

Form your LLC with us today to get your first year of a Registered Agent service for free, including easy access to our comprehensive online dashboard.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in North Carolina?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$127 5 Weeks 14 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: April 15th

Filing Fee: $200

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