Who Can Be a Registered Agent?
Registered agent requirements can vary somewhat depending on the state, but they generally allow for both individuals and business entities to serve in the role.
Individuals must be at least 18 years old, and business entities must be registered to operate in the state. Both must have a physical office location and be present during regular business hours.
Although you can be your own registered agent, consider hiring an experienced and reliable registered agent service. This will free you up to focus on growing your business.
Should My Husband or Wife Be My Registered Agent?
Your husband or wife can be your registered agent if they meet the above criteria. However, there are a few reasons why you may want to use someone else or hire a registered agent service instead.
First, if your husband or wife is your registered agent, they will need to be available every day during business hours to receive official documents. As a result, they might not be able to have a separate job, which could be financially problematic depending on your situation.
In addition, your spouse will not be able to leave the house or whatever address you list as your official business address. This means they will not be able to run errands, pick up the kids, or do other tasks that require their presence elsewhere.
Lastly, unless your spouse is business-savvy, he or she will not be able to provide the kind of advice regarding filing deadlines and other corporate compliance issues that a registered agent service can offer.
Why Should I Hire a Registered Agent Service?
Designating someone else to serve as a registered agent for your LLC or corporation has its benefits. The major advantages of using an affordable, national, third-party registered agent service officer:
- Compliance With the Law – A registered agent service can remind you of filing deadlines and keep copies of important corporate documents.
- Peace of Mind – By using a registered agent service, you can focus on running your business without worrying about receiving official documents.
- Flexibility – A registered agent must be available every day during regular business hours. If you use a service, you can work whenever you wish.
- Privacy – The physical address of your registered agent is a matter of public record. If you work out of your home, using a service will keep your home address private. And if you work in a separate office, you won’t be served with sensitive documents in front of employees or customers.
Visit our Should I Use a Registered Agent Service guide for help with making the right choice for your business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should be my registered agent?
Your registered agent should be a person or entity you trust to correctly and reliably handle service of process, government correspondence, and other official documents.
Can I name myself as the registered agent?
You can name yourself as your registered agent if you meet the criteria above. However, there are good reasons to designate someone else as your registered agent or to hire a registered agent service. In particular, hiring a service will provide peace of mind, flexibility, and privacy, as well as help with legal compliance.
How much does a registered agent cost?
The cost of a registered agent varies, but it can be anywhere from free (if you act as your company’s registered agent) to a few hundred dollars a year for some third-party services.