Michigan Registered Agent Services

CorpNet can act as your Michigan registered agent ensuring your business stays compliant with any service of process, legal notices, or official mailings.

Our registered agent services are fast, affordable, guaranteed, and just $149 per year.

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Why You Need to Appoint a Registered Agent in Michigan

In Michigan, a registered agent is referred to as a resident agent. When a new Michigan business is formed, the company must designate a registered office within the Articles of Organization for an LLC or the Articles of Incorporation for a Corporation.

Appointing a resident agent is legally required under the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act (450.4207) and the Michigan Business Corporation Act (450.1241).

Failure to appoint and maintain a proper resident agent could result in default judgments (in the case of a lawsuit), fines, and penalties. You might also risk having your business suspended or terminated in the state of Michigan.

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What Does a Registered Agent Do?

A resident agent is an individual or business that is appointed by the company to receive and sign for any legal service of process documents, notices, or demands served upon the company.

Some examples of the documentation include:

  • Official federal and state correspondence
  • Subpoenas for information
  • Tax notices
  • Lawsuit notifications
  • Summonses to appear in court
  • Wage garnishment notices
  • Corporate filing notifications

What Michigan Business Entities Require a Registered Agent?

The following domestic and foreign businesses require a resident agent in Michigan:

  • Limited Partnership (LP)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Professional Service Limited Liability Company
  • Profit Corporation
  • Nonprofit Corporation
  • Professional Corporation
  • Ecclesiastical Corporation

Who Qualifies as a Registered Agent in Michigan?

To serve as a resident agent or office, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a valid Michigan address (not a PO box)
  • Must be available during standard business hours
  • For LLCs, a resident agent must be a Michigan resident, a Michigan corporation, or a foreign corporation with a certificate of authority to transact business in Michigan
  • For Profit Corporations and Professional Service Corporations, the resident agent may be either an individual resident in this state whose business office or residence is identical with the registered office; a Domestic Corporation or a Limited Liability Company; or a Foreign Corporation or Limited Liability Company authorized to transact business in this state that has a business office identical with the registered office
  • For Nonprofit Corporations and Ecclesiastical Corporations, the resident agent may be either an individual resident in this state whose business office is identical with the corporation’s registered office, a domestic or domestic business corporation, or a foreign or foreign business corporation authorized to conduct affairs or transact business in this state and having a business office identical with the corporation’s registered office
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Why a Commercial Registered Agent is Your Best Option

A commercial registered agent has filed a special listing statement with a state’s agency responsible for business registrations and compliance. Information that a commercial registered agent provides on the list includes its company name, entity type, and address to which service of process should be sent.

Commercial registered agents often maintain a physical address in multiple states and work with many business entities. Commercial agents like CorpNet also will notify businesses of upcoming state filings and legal notices and they can prepare and submit compliance filings on your behalf.

There are many advantages to working with a commercial registered agent. From convenience and privacy to easy online document access, a commercial registered agent offers peace of mind.

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For many years, and through several different companies, CorpNet has been there for me. I have used their LLC formation and dissolution services…and then their formation service again, and then once again. I have also taken advantage of their services for annual report filing as well as registered agent monitoring and notification. I honestly don’t know what I’d do if left to my own devices with these matters.

What really makes CorpNet stand out, in my opinion, is the level of service, the consistency of the experience, and the price. You speak to live humans whenever you want (during business hours, of course). And beyond that, these are live humans that actually get to know you. State fees aside, the fees for CorpNet services are so nominal. And you just can’t put a price on doing the best you can for your small business. You and your company provide endless examples of how to rock a small business on every level.

FAQs About Michigan Registered Agent Services

Does Michigan require a registered agent?

Yes. The majority of businesses within the state of Michigan must appoint a resident agent and office.

What government entity manages resident agents in Michigan?

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
2407 N. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906

Documents and reports may be submitted for filing in person by appointment only. The Corporations Division strongly encourages online submissions at cofs.lara.state.mi.us.

What forms are used to appoint or change a resident agent in Michigan?

  • Forms 500, 501, 502, 503 – Articles of Incorporation
  • Form 520 – Certificate of Change of Registered Office And/or Change of Resident Agent
  • Form 521 – Resignation of Resident Agent
  • Form 522 – Certificate of Appointment of Resident Agent
  • Form 700 and 701 – Articles of Organization

How much does a registered agent cost?

There is a wide range of pricing for registered agents. Some service providers offer super low rates, however, this comes with limited services, hidden costs, and they do not offer important things your business needs like compliance monitoring, online customer portals, live customer service, or a money-back guarantee.

While at face value, a low-priced registered agent may seem like a sweet deal, things can turn sour quickly. So rather than looking only at the price low-cost providers flash prominently on their websites, dig deeper into what you’ll be getting and what you’re not getting.

How do I change my existing registered agent?

Resident agent and/or registered office changes can be made on a Certificate of Change of Registered Office and/or Resident Agent, CSCL/CD-520, or on an annual report. A document must be filed in order to change the resident agent or registered office, permitted by section 242 of the Act (profit – MCL 450.1242; nonprofit – 450.2242).

If you hire a commercial registered agent, they can process the paperwork for you. Request CorpNet to change your registered agent for you.

Can my registered agent manage my annual report?

Yes! When you appoint a commercial registered agent you can receive a wide range of business compliance assistance. CorpNet handles online filings for a wide range of requirements at the state, federal, and local levels:

  • File Articles of Incorporation
  • File Articles of Organization
  • File a foreign qualification
  • File a DBA (Doing Business As)
  • File initial reports and annual reports
  • Request an S Corporation election
  • Request EINs (Federal Tax ID Numbers)
  • Register for business licenses
  • Register for sales and use tax permits
  • Register for payroll taxes

Are discounts available for multiple businesses or states?

CorpNet offers nationwide registered agent services supporting multi-state, multi-company, and bulk registrations. Our full coverage across the United States is enhanced by a single point of contact that offers volume discounts for multiple entities, states, or years of service. Learn more about CorpNet’s bulk registered agent discounts.

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