A registered agent, sometimes referred to as a resident agent or an agent for service of process, is a person or company officially recognized by the state that resides within the state of incorporation and is designated by the corporation or LLC to accept service of process on behalf of the company. This may be an individual or another business entity that has a physical location in the state of incorporation.
Please note that a Post Office Box or other “mail service” is usually not sufficient to qualify as a registered agent. The agent is responsible for accepting official notices from the Secretary of State and service of process in the event the corporation is sued.
Registered Agent FAQ’s
Why do I have to have a Registered Agent?
The Registered Agent must be available Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm at the location specified on your Articles in order to accept service of process. The registered agent’s name and address are public information. If you wish to keep your company’s address information confidential, designating CorpNet™ to act as your registered agent affords you that extra added layer of privacy.
If a Corporation does business in more than one state, is it required to designate a registered in those states as well?
If your corporation is “qualified” to do business in other states, those states will generally require a registered agent in that state. For example, if your California Corporation has filed the necessary paperwork in Nevada to conduct business in the State of Nevada, the state of Nevada will require a Nevada registered agent. This may be an individual or another business entity that has a physical location in the state of Nevada.
What if a corporation does not designate a registered agent or does not renew its annual subscription with its registered agent for their services?
All corporations incorporated (formed) are required by law to have a registered agent. If you do not pay the fee charged by your designated registered agent (or otherwise have a registered agent), your corporation may be considered defunct by the Secretary of State and lose corporate status. This should be updated annually and/or whenever there is a change.
Ordering Registered Agent Services
If you wish to keep your company’s address information confidential, designating CorpNet™ to act as your registered agent affords you that extra added layer of privacy. CorpNet™ can serve as your company’s registered agent for service of process in any state for an annual fee of $149 per year with service that is fast, reliable, and affordable.
And remember, our services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We make everything easy for you so that you can focus on what you do best – running your business!
If you have a large number of companies or locations, visit our bulk registered agent services page to view our volume discounts.