Why Your Vermont LLC Needs a Registered Agent
Every business entity formed in Vermont needs to formally appoint a person or business to act as a Registered Agent. Your Vermont Registered Agent provides various services to VT LLCs, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Vermont Secretary of State.
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 Vermont Secretary of State Says About Registered Agents
Here’s some important information from the Vermont Secretary of State on Registered Agent services.
“A Registered Agent is the legal point of contact for a business entity, or the owner(s) of a trade name, for the receipt of service of process and notices from the Secretary of State. Service of Process is the procedure by which notice of initial legal action is delivered to an individual or business entity being served.”
Vermont Registered Agent Rules
There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing a Vermont Registered Agent service for your business. They are:
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Vermont.
- If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Vermont.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Vermont, 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 Vermont LLC business address.
What a Registered Agent Does
Your Vermont Registered Agent carries out several valuable services for your business. They accept official communications and documents from the VT Secretary of State on your behalf. This may include:
- Correspondence from the Vermont Secretary of State, like a notice to file reports and other forms
- Service of process documents (for example, if your Vermont LLC has legal proceedings issued against it)
- Official Vermont and federal government documents, form filings and requests for information (including taxes, permits and company filings)
The Incfile Registered Agent Service for Vermont LLCs
If you have an LLC that’s incorporated in Vermont and you need a Registered Agent, we can help. Incfile provides a complete Registered Agent service for any Vermont business—plus, we offer the first year free (normally a $119 annual cost).
We are authorized to conduct business in Vermont and can legally act as your Registered Agent.
Here’s what the Incfile Vermont Registered Agent service provides for your VT LLC:
- An always-available Vermont 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 Vermont business
- Email notification whenever we receive documents for your Vermont business
- Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you
- A free (+ state fee) first year, whether you form your business through us or not ($119 a year after)
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How to Appoint a Vermont Registered Agent for Your LLC
You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Vermont LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Appoint a Registered Agent Service When You Create Your Vermont LLC
Your business needs to have a Vermont 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 Vermont 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 VT Secretary of State to formally create your business.
Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Vermont 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 Vermont 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 Registered Agent Service After Incorporation
You can also change your VT 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 “Registered Agent Changes & Resignations” with the Vermont Secretary of State
Once you’ve chosen a new Vermont Registered Agent, you can complete a form. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State so they can update your records.
Sign Up for Incfile’s Vermont Registered Agent Service and We’ll File the Change on Your Behalf
When you choose to use our VT 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 right form and send it to the Vermont Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
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Vermont Registered Agent Searches
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another Vermont LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Vermont 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 Vermont Secretary of State requesting the information.
Possible Outcomes of Not Assigning a Registered Agent for Your Vermont LLC
What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Vermont 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 Vermont 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 Vermont LLC: A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your Vermont LLC may be dissolved.
Appointing Yourself as Registered Agent
If you have an address in Vermont, 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 Vermont. If you’re forming an LLC outside VT, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Vermont address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Vermont Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and
address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your Vermont business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the VT 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 Vermont Registered Agents
Do I Need to Appoint a Vermont Registered Agent?
Yes. All LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Vermont Secretary of State.
When Can I Assign a Vermont Registered Agent Service?
You can either do it when you incorporate your Vermont 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 Vermont?
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 Vermont Secretary of State.
Does My VT Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Vermont?
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 Vermont Registered Agent Services
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