Your LLC must have a Pennsylvania Registered Agent at all times to provide various services, such as accepting formal documents and correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of State (PA DOS).
You must appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing Pennsylvania CROP at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agent service.
Pennsylvania CROP Requirements
These are just a few of the requirements your business must follow when engaging the services of a CROP.
Note that the address for your Pennsylvania CROP does not need to be the same as your business address. In fact, you can even use a Pennsylvania virtual mailbox for your business address.
Important: A virtual mailbox is not a suitable replacement for a Registered Agent. They perform two separate functions and per state law, you are required to have a Registered Agent.
What a Pennsylvania Commercial Registered Office Provider Does
The primary function fulfilled by a PA CROP is to accept official documents and mail for your business.
Incfile Provides Free Pennsylvania Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Pennsylvania CROP service for any LLC that’s formed in the state. Even better, if you start 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 Pennsylvania and can legally act as your PA CROP. Here’s what the Incfile Registered Agent service provides:
Appointing a Registered Agent for Your LLC
You need to appoint a Registered Agent when you first form your LLC, and you can change it at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign a CROP When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Certificate of Organization. This is the form that you file with the PA DOS to formally create your business.
When you create your business through us, we complete and file your Certificate of Organization based on the information you’ve provided. Additionally, we give you a free Pennsylvania Registered Agent service for the first year and we’ll include details of your PA CROP in the form we file.
Assign a Different CROP After Formation
You can also change your PA Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Pennsylvania CROP, complete the Change of Registered Office form. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Department of State so they can update your records. The PA DOS will charge a fee of $5 to assign or change a CROP.
When you use our 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 PA DOS. We’ll let you know once we officially become your CROP.
Pennsylvania Registered Agent Search
At some point, you may need to know the name of the CROP that represents another LLC in the state. If so, you can search the PA DOS business database.
If the Registered Agent isn’t available there, contact the Department of State directly.