Registered Agents and Your Utah LLC
The Utah Division of Corporations requires every UT LLC to have a Registered Agent. Once you have assigned a Registered Agent, they can receive official correspondence and documents on behalf of your business. Registered Agents can be individuals or other specialized Registered Agent service businesses.
Your LLC must have a Utah 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 Utah Division of Corporations Says About Registered Agents
Here’s some important information from the Utah Division of Corporations on Registered Agent services.
“The Registered Agent is a business or individual designated to receive service of process when a business entity is a party in a legal action such as a lawsuit or summons. The Division also sends all correspondence to the Registered Agent. A Utah street address is required.”
Rules for Utah Registered Agents
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Utah Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Utah.
- If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Utah.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Utah, 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 Utah LLC business address.
The Purpose of a Utah Registered Agent
Your Utah Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your business. They accept official communications and documents from the UT Division of Corporations on your behalf. This may include:
- Correspondence from the Utah Secretary of State, like a notice to file reports and other forms
- Service of process documents (for example, if your Utah LLC has legal proceedings issued against it)
- Official Utah and federal government documents, form filings and requests for information (including taxes, permits and company filings)
Incfile Provides a Free Utah Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides a complete Utah Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in UT. Even better, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Utah and can legally act as your Registered Agent.
Here’s what the Incfile Utah Registered Agent service provides for your LLC:
- An always-available Utah 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 Utah business
- Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
- Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you
How to Appoint a Utah Registered Agent for Your LLC
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Utah LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Appoint a Registered Agent Service When You Create Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Utah Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.
File Your Certificate of Organization with the Utah Division of Corporations
You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Certificate of Organization. This is the form that you file with the UT Division of Corporations to formally create your business.
Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Utah Registered Agent
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 Utah Registered Agent service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your Registered Agent in the form that we file.Incorporate Your Business Through Incfile
Change Your Registered Agent After Your LLC Is Formed
You can also change your UT 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 “Corporation Registration Information Change” Form with the Utah Division of Corporations
Once you’ve chosen a new Utah Registered Agent, you can complete a “Corporation Registration Information Change” form that’s available on the UT Division of Corporations website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Division of Corporations so they can update your records.
Sign up for Incfile’s Utah Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf
When you choose to use our UT 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 Utah Division of Corporations. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.Order Incfile's Utah Registered Agent Service
UT Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Utah LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Utah Division of Corporations, 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 Utah Division of Corporations requesting the information.
What Happens When You Don’t Have a Utah Registered Agent
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Utah Division of Corporations? 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 Utah Division of Corporations: 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 Utah LLC: A UT Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Utah LLC may be dissolved.
Appointing Yourself as Your Own Registered Agent
If you have an address in Utah, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:
- You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Utah address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Utah Division of Corporations website. If you would prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your Utah business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the Division of Corporations 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 Utah Registered Agents
Yes. All LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Utah Secretary of State.
You can either do it when you incorporate your Utah 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.
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 Utah Secretary of State.
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 Utah Registered Agent Services
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