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Your LLC must assign a North Dakota Registered Agent. This is a formally recognized person or business who can receive business correspondence and other documents from the North Dakota Secretary of State. Assigning a Registered Agent is a legal requirement.

Your LLC must have a Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent service.

What the North Dakota Secretary of State Says About Registered Agents

Here’s some important information from the North Dakota Secretary of State on Registered Agent services:

“An entity registered with the Secretary of State must continuously maintain a commercial or noncommercial registered agent and address in North Dakota. An entity cannot serve itself as registered agent.

Commercial Registered Agent:

  • A commercial registered agent has a Commercial Registered Agent Listing Statement filed with the Secretary of State and may be one of the following: An individual residing in North Dakota,
  • A domestic or foreign corporation registered with the Secretary of State and having a business office in the State of North Dakota, or
  • A domestic or foreign limited liability company registered with the Secretary of State and having a business office in the State of North Dakota.

Noncommercial Registered Agent:

A noncommercial registered agent may be one of the following:

  • An individual residing in North Dakota,
  • A domestic or foreign corporation registered with the Secretary of State and having a business office in the State of North Dakota, or
  • A domestic or foreign limited liability company registered with the Secretary of State and having a business office in the State of North Dakota.”

Registered Agent Service Rules in North Dakota

There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a North Dakota Registered Agent service for your business. They are:

  • If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in North Dakota.
  • If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in North Dakota.
  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in North Dakota, not a P.O. Box.
  • The Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.

Note that the Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your North Dakota LLC business address.

Services Provided by a North Dakota Registered Agent

Your North Dakota Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your business. They accept official communications and documents from the Secretary of State on your behalf. This may include:

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

A Complete North Dakota Registered Agent Service from Incfile

Incfile provides a complete North Dakota Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in ND. Even better, if you choose to incorporate your 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 North Dakota and can legally act as your Registered Agent.

Here’s what the Incfile North Dakota Registered Agent service provides for your LLC:

  • An always-available North Dakota 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 business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
  • Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you

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Appointing a Registered Agent Service for Your North Dakota LLC

You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your North Dakota LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.

Assign Your Registered Agent When You Form Your ND LLC

Your business needs to have a North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 Secretary of State to formally create your business.

  • Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free North Dakota 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 South Dakota Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your Registered Agent in the form that we file.

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Assign a Different North Dakota Registered Agent Service After Incorporation

You can also change your 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 with the North Dakota Secretary of State

Once you’ve chosen a new North Dakota Registered Agent, you can complete a “Statement of Change” form that’s available on the ND 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 North Dakota Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf

When you choose to use our ND Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete form “Statement of Change” on your behalf and send it to the North Dakota Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.

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ND Registered Agent Search

In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another North Dakota LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the North Dakota Secretary of State, which will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.

If the Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the North Dakota Secretary of State requesting the information.

Issues with Not Having a North Dakota Registered Agent

What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota LLC: A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your North Dakota LLC may be dissolved.

You Can Appoint Yourself as Your Own Registered Agent

If you have an address in North Dakota, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in North Dakota. If you’re forming an LLC outside ND, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
  • You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the North Dakota address to sign for important documents.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the North Dakota Secretary of State's website. If you prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your North Dakota business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the ND 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 North Dakota Registered Agents

Do I Need to Appoint a North Dakota Registered Agent?

Yes. All ND LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the North Dakota Secretary of State.

When Can I Assign a North Dakota Registered Agent Service?

You can either do it when you incorporate your North Dakota business through paperwork filed with the 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 North Dakota?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the South Dakota Secretary of State.

Does My Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in North Dakota?

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 North Dakota Registered Agent Services

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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
$135 6 Weeks 4 Weeks

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: November 15th

Filing Fee: $50

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