Virginia Registered Agent Services
CorpNet can act as your Virginia 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.
Why You Need to Appoint a Registered Agent in Virginia
When a Virginia business is formed, the company must designate a registered agent and office within the formation documents for foreign or domestic Corporations, LLCs, Limited Partnerships, and Business Trusts. A registered agent is an individual or company that accepts official paperwork such as service of process (lawsuits) and annual registration fee notices. Every authorized Virginia business must maintain a registered agent.
Appointing a registered agent is legally required under Virginia Code 13.1-1015.
Failure to appoint and maintain a commercial registered 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 Virginia.
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What Does a Registered Agent Do?
A registered 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 Virginia Business Entities Require a Registered Agent?
The following domestic and foreign businesses require a resident agent in Virginia:
- Stock Corporation
- Non-Stock Corporation
- Professional Corporation
- Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC)
- Limited Partnership (LP)
- Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
- Business Trust
Who Qualifies as a Registered Agent in Virginia?
To serve as a resident agent or office, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a Virginia resident
- Have a Virginia physical business address, registered office
- Be available during normal business hours to receive service of process
In addition, Virginia registered agents must meet one of these qualifications:
- A member of the Virginia State Bar
- A member of the business entity’s management, examples include:
- An officer or director of a corporation
- A member or manager of a limited liability company
- A trustee of a business trust
- A general partner of a limited partnership
- A partner of a registered limited liability partnership
Additional notes to be aware of:
- Virginia businesses may use a third-party company, such as a law firm or a service company, to act as your registered agent.
- A business entity cannot act as its own registered agent.
- Registered agents must have a registered office. Post Office Boxes are only acceptable for cities/towns that have a population of less than 2,000 and no street address is associated with the location. If you use a Post Office address and meet the population requirement, you will only be able to file using paper.
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 Virginia Registered Agent Services
Does Virginia require a registered agent?
Yes. The majority of businesses within the state of Virginia must appoint a registered agent and office.
What government entity manages registered agents in Virginia?
Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC)
1300 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 371-9733
Hours: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday
What forms are used to appoint or change a registered agent in Virginia?
- Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Stock Corporation (Form SCC-619)
- Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Nonstock Corporation (Form SCC-819)
- Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Corporation (Form SCC-759)
- Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Professional Stock Corporation (Form SCC-544)
- Articles of Organization of a Virginia Limited Liability Company (Form LLC-1001)
- Application for Certificate of Registration to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form LLC-1052)
- Articles of Organization of a Virginia Professional Limited Liability Company (Form LLC-1103)
- Certificate of Limited Partnership (Form LPA-73.11)
- Application for a Certificate of Registration to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Limited Partnership (Form LPA-73.54)
- Statement of Registration as a Virginia Registered Limited Liability Partnership (Form UPA-132)
- Statement of Registration as a Foreign Registered Limited Liability Partnership (Form UPA-138)
- Articles of Trust of a Domestic Business Trust (Form BTA-1212)
- Application for Certificate of Registration to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Business Trust (Form BTA-1242)
- Statement of Change of a Registered Agent and/or Registered Office
- Statement/Certificate of Resignation of Registered Agent
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 changes may be made by filing a Statement of Change form online with the State Corporation Commission Clerk’s Information System or by submitting the form via email.
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.