Your Tennessee Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the TN SOS.
Your LLC must have a Registered Agent at all times. You appoint a Registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing Tennessee Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agents.
Note that the address for your Tennessee agent doesn’t need to be the same as your Tennessee LLC business address.
What a Tennessee Registered Agent Does
A Registered Agent's main function is to accept official documents and mail.
Incfile Provides Free Tennessee Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides a complete Tennessee Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formed in TN. Even better, if you form 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 Tennessee and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Registered Agent service includes:
Appointing a Registered Agent for Your LLC
When you first form your LLC, you must appoint a Registered Agent, and you can change it at any point after that. Here’s how.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this two ways:
You’ll need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization. This is the form you file with the TN SOS to formally create your business.
When you start your business through us, you’ll get free Registered Agent Services for the first year and we’ll use the information you provide to complete and file your Articles of Organization for you.
Assign a Different Registered Agent Service After Formation
There are a couple of ways to change your Tennessee Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC, including:
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can complete the Statement of Change of Registered Agent/Office form available on the TN SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State with a fee of $20 so they can update your records.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we’ll collect important information about your business, and complete and file the form for you. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
Tennessee Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you may want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in the state. You can conduct a business information search to find that information.
If the Registered Agent isn’t available, contact the Secretary of State directly and request the information.
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
If you have an address in Tennessee, you can be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach for many reasons, including:
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FAQs About Tennessee Registered Agents
Yes. All LLCs in the state are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Tennessee Secretary of State. You'll find more details above.
You must assign a Registered Agent when you form your Tennessee business with the Secretary of State. You can change your agent later. If you form your business through Incfile, we file all necessary forms on your behalf. You'll find more information above.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above.
Yes. Additionally, if they're a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state. You'll find more information above.