It is possible to be your own registered agent in New York. You could also choose to elect a member of your LLC, or even a friend you trust, as long as the person:
- is 18 years or older
- has a physical address in the state where the business is conducted
- is always available during normal business hours to receive service of process in person
Another option would be to hire a professional registered agent service. Professional or "commercial" registered agents carry out all of the responsibilities of a registered agent for an annual fee.
In New York, new LLCs are required to publish notices of their formation in the county of their registered agent. Publishing costs vary by county and it can become expensive to form an LLC-- especially if your registered agent is in a county within New York City.
In New York, there are more advantages than disadvantages to hiring a professional registered agent service.
- Publishing Costs: Using a registered agent with a physical address in a county with low publishing costs can save money.
Northwest Registered Agent
Northwest provides the most comprehensive registered agent service for the price. There are no hidden fees or gimmicks. Northwest will include a full year of registered agent services for free when you hire them for formation services.
Northwest's online document management system and regular compliance alerts make working with them worry-free. They'll scan and upload all your essential legal documents and mail you physical copies as needed.
Northwest stands apart in its excellent customer service and their representatives are known for being highly knowledgeable about LLC formation and maintenance.
In New York, you will be required to elect your registered agent when you complete your LLC’s Articles of Organization. The Articles of Organization is the main LLC formation document in New York.
Electing a Registered Agent Online
You can form your LLC online through the State of New York website ($200 filing fee required). If you choose to elect a registerd agent, you can do so on this form.
You can easily change your registered agent service. Fill out the online form and submit either by mail or in person. There is a $30 fee for changing your registered agent in Ohio.
When electing your new registered agent, make sure to submit your new registered agent’s signed consent form, if applicable. This step may vary by state and depends on who you choose to be your registered agent.
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How much does an LLC registered agent cost?
A registered agent service can cost anywhere from $50 to $300, but hiring a registered agent service will save you time and money in the long-run. Learn the benefits of contracting a registered agent service and the type of service they will provide.
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What is a commercial vs. non-commercial registered agent?
Most states require LLC owners to provide their LLC’s registered agent’s name and address when forming your LLC. In some states, you will be asked whether you are electing a commercial or non-commercial registered agent. Some states refer to professional registered agent as commercial agents and individual agents as non-commercial.