Overview of How to Change Registered Agents in Arizona:
Get Written Consent From Your New Registered Agent
When changing registered agents in Arizona you must get written consent from your new registered agent. This can be done with the Statutory Agent Acceptance form.
This form should be filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission at the same time as the Statement of Change.
File a Statement of Change
Filing a Statement of Change with the Arizona Corporation Commission is the best way to change your registered agent.
This can be done online, by mail, in person, or by fax.
Recommended: Submit a Statement of Change Online
You can complete and submit a Statement of Change online via the Arizona Corporation Commission’s eCorp website. The steps for this process include:
- Log in to the website
- Click “Online Services”
- Click “Change Addresses or Statutory Agent”
- Search for and/or select your company
- Complete and submit the form
- Have your new agent consent via their email instructions
Submit a Statement of Change by Mail, In Person, or by Fax
To submit a Statement of Change by mail or in person, first, download the form from the Arizona Corporation Commission website and then fill it out. If your business is a corporation, file the Corporation Statement of Change form. If it is a limited liability company (LLC), file the LLC Statement of Change form.
Mail or In Person:
Arizona Corporation Commission
Corporations Division - Examination Section
1300 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Fax: (602) 542-4100
Fee: There is no filing fee for the corporation form. The LLC form has a $5 filing fee, which can be paid by credit card, check, money order, or cash. Cash payments are for in-person filings only.
For full instructions, read the Statement of Change form.
Why Change Registered Agents?
A company might want to change its registered agent for several reasons, such as:
- Changing From an Individual Agent to a Registered Agent Service: While individuals may act as registered agents (including a company’s own executives or employees), they’ll be publicly listed in the state’s database. Some people may consider this an intrusion into their privacy. Registered agents also must be available in their office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, which could be an inconvenience. Changing to a registered agent service solves these issues.
- Expanding Business Into New States: Limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, and other formal business structures must have a registered agent for each state in which they do business. Not all registered agents have the capability to serve as a registered agent in every state. Some businesses prefer to have the same registered agent for each state rather than several different ones.
- Customer Satisfaction: Whether it’s about price, customer service, or the quality of the work, some changes happen simply because a business isn’t happy with its current registered agent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be a registered agent in Arizona?
A company or person over the age of 18 located in Arizona can serve as a registered agent, including individuals in your company. The only exception to this is that a company can’t serve as a registered agent for itself.
Can anyone be a registered agent?
Anyone can be a registered agent as long as they: are at least 18 years old, have a physical address in Arizona, and are always available during regular business hours at that address.
Can I be my own registered agent in Arizona?
Yes, you can be your own registered agent in Arizona if you:
- Are 18 years or older
- Have a physical address in Arizona
- Are always available during normal business hours to receive service of process in person
Note that this applies to you as an individual serving as the registered agent for the company. A company can’t serve as its own registered agent.
What does a registered agent do?
Registered agents help keep your business compliant by maintaining up-to-date paperwork. They also are in charge of accepting official correspondence on behalf of your business, such as paperwork from the state and federal government, tax forms, and legal notices.
How much does it cost to change my registered agent in Arizona?
It costs $5 for LLCs to change your Arizona registered agent when filing a Statement of Change with the Arizona Corporation Commission. There is no filing fee for corporations.
How much does an Arizona registered agent cost?
A professional registered agent service typically costs between $50 and $300 per year. If you choose to serve as your own registered agent, there is no cost.
What form do you file to change a registered agent in Arizona?
You can change an Arizona registered agent by filing a Statement of Change with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Should I be my own registered agent?
You may serve as your own registered agent if you meet certain conditions. Some small business owners choose to do this instead of hiring a third party or appointing someone else.
But, because this position comes with extra responsibilities and potential inconveniences, many business owners decide it’s better for them to appoint another person or a professional service to act as their registered agent. You should weigh the pros and cons of each option and decide which is best for you and your business.