Why Does My LLC Need a Registered Agent?
All 50 states require you to assign a Registered Agent to be available to receive legal documents for your business, such as government correspondence, subpoenas and tax notices. Depending on what state you’re in, these documents may need to be delivered in person, so having a Registered Agent is key. Does your business operate in multiple states? You’ll need an agent for each one.
Are you a sole proprietorship or partnership? You’re off the hook — these business structures don’t need a Registered Agent.
What Happens If I Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
Not having a Registered Agent is bad news for LLCs and corporations. First off, your Articles of Incorporation won’t be approved by the state without one. Then, any of the following could happen:
Have we convinced you of how crucial this role is yet? Now let’s move on to what an agent actually does.
What Does a Registered Agent Do?
It’s not complicated. Your Registered Agent has one primary function — to receive and sign official legal correspondence. These documents may include:
Official letters and correspondence from your Secretary of State, Division of Corporations or other state government agency responsible for LLCs and corporations.
Receive service of process notices (if your corporation or LLC is sued or needs to appear in court, for example).
Official federal government correspondence, information and notifications.
Tax forms and requests for payment.
Requests to complete permits, company filings or reports.
Note that you may see Registered Agents referred to as the following — but rest assured, it’s all the same role!
Agent for Service of Process
Commercial Registered Agent