Your PA LLC must assign a Pennsylvania Registered Agent. This is a formally recognized person or business who can receive business correspondence and other documents from the Pennsylvania Department of State. Assigning a Registered Agent is a legal requirement.
Unlike many other states, PA only requires you to list the registered office (not the name) of your Registered Agent. This is known as a Commercial Registered Office Provider (CROP). We will use those names interchangeably in this section.
Your LLC must have a Pennsylvania Registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing PA Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new Registered Agent.
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Pennsylvania Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
Note that the PA Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Pennsylvania LLC business address.
Your Pennsylvania Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your business. They accept official communications and documents from the PA Department of State on your behalf. This may include:
If you have an LLC that’s incorporated in Pennsylvania and you need a PA Registered Agent, we can help. Incfile provides a complete Registered Agent service for any Pennsylvania business. If you form your business through Incfile, we’ll act as your Registered Agent free for your first year (normally a $119 annual cost).
We are authorized to conduct business in Pennsylvania and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what you need to know about Incfile’s PA Registered Agent service.
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Pennsylvania LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Your business needs to have a Pennsylvania Registered Agent Service 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 Department of State to formally create your business.
When you incorporate 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 Registered Agent in the form that we file.
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 Registered Agent, you can complete a form. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the department of state so they can update your records. The Pennsylvania DOS may charge a nominal fee to assign or change a Registered Agent.
When you choose to use our PA 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 CROP form on your behalf and send it to the Pennsylvania Department of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent. Note that the Pennsylvania DOS may charge a nominal fee to assign or change a Registered Agent, which will be passed on to you.
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Pennsylvania LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Pennsylvania Department of State, as these will often provide details of a specific business’s Registered Agent.
If the PA Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Pennsylvania Department of State requesting the information.
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Pennsylvania Department of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:
If you have an address in Pennsylvania, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
Yes. All PA LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Pennsylvania business through paperwork filed with the PA Department 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.
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 Pennsylvania Department of State.
Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.
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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.
Frequency: Decennially in years ending with the number "1" (2021, 2031, etc.)
Due: Any time during the reporting year.
*The decennial filing is only required if no other filings (agent changes, amendments, etc.) have been submitted to the state during that 10 year period.
Filing Fee: $70
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