Overview of How to Change Registered Agents in Idaho:
File a Statement of Change of Registered Agent, Registered Office, or Both
Filing a Statement of Change of Registered Agent, Registered Office, or Both form with the Idaho Secretary of State is the simplest way to change your registered agent.
This can be done online, by mail, or in person.
Recommended: Submit a Statement of Change Online
You can complete and submit a Statement of Change of Registered Agent, Registered Office, or Both online via the Idaho Secretary of State’s Online Business Services website. The steps for this process include:
- Log in to your website account
- Click “Update Registered Agent”
- Complete the form and submit, along with payment information
Submit a Statement of Change by Mail or In Person
To submit a Statement of Change of Registered Agent, Registered Office, or Both by mail or in person, first, download the form from the Idaho Secretary of State website and then fill it out.
Complete the form, have it signed by your new registered agent, and mail or deliver it to the following address:
Office of the Secretary of State
450 N. 4th St.
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0080
You can pay this fee by check if mailing or delivering the paper form, or by credit card if paying online or in person. For full instructions, read the form.
Expedite Your Order
If you need the Idaho Secretary of State to expedite the processing of your paper form, the expediting fee is $40 or $100 for “same day” processing.
Submit an Annual Report
If you’re close to the filing deadline for your business’s Idaho annual report, you can use this filing to your advantage and also change your registered agent without needing to file additional paperwork.
Make sure to put your new registered agent’s information on the report. Once you file that report, you’ll effectively change your registered agent.
File Articles of Amendment
While not recommended, this is an option you can choose to change your registered agent.
Filing an Idaho Articles of Amendment can change your registered agent. But, it costs $50 to file this document, making this the most expensive option.
If you have other amendments to make to your business registration in addition to changing your registered agent, making all those changes on the Articles of Amendment form could be a good option. But if you only want to change your registered agent, you’re better off using one of the other options mentioned above.
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 Idaho?
A company or person over the age of 18 located in Idaho 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 Idaho, and are always available during regular business hours at that address.
Can I be my own registered agent in Idaho?
Yes, you can be your own registered agent in Idaho if you:
- Are 18 years or older
- Have a physical address in Idaho
- 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 Idaho?
It costs $20 to change your Idaho registered agent when filing a Statement of Change of Registered Agent, Registered Office, or Both with the Secretary of State.
How much does an Idaho 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 Idaho?
You can change an Idaho registered agent by filing a Statement of Change of Registered Agent, Registered Office, or Both with the Secretary of State.
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.