File a Statement of Appointment or Change
Filing a Statement of Appointment or Change with the Maine Department of the Secretary of State is the best way to change your registered agent. There are different forms for different business structures and different types of registered agents:
- Corporation - Commercial Clerk
- Corporation - Noncommercial Clerk
- Nonprofit - Commercial Registered Agent
- Nonprofit - Noncommercial Registered Agent
- Limited Partnership (LP) - Commercial Registered Agent
- LP - Noncommercial Registered Agent
- Limited Liability Company (LLC) - Commercial Registered Agent
- LLC - Noncommercial Registered Agent
- Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) - Commercial Registered Agent
- LLP - Noncommercial Registered Agent
This can be filed by mail or in person at:
Secretary of State
Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
Fee: $15 for nonprofits and $35 for all other entities
You can pay this fee by check or money order. For full instructions, read the change form.
Expedite Your Order
If you need the Maine Department of the Secretary of State to expedite your form, you must check the appropriate box on the cover letter attached to the Statement of Appointment or Change.
The fee is $50 for 24-hour service and $100 for immediate service.
File a Certificate of Amendment
While not recommended, this is an option you can choose to change your registered agent.
If your business is an LLC, filing a Maine Certificate of Amendment can change your registered agent. However, it costs $50 to file this document, making this the most expensive option. Corporations do not have this option.
If you have other amendments to make to your LLC’s registration in addition to changing your registered agent, making all those changes on the Certificate of Amendment 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: 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 Maine?
A company or person over the age of 18 located in Maine 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 Maine, and are always available during regular business hours at that address.
Can I be my own registered agent in Maine?
Yes, you can be your own registered agent in Maine if you:
- Are 18 years or older
- Have a physical address in Maine
- 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 Maine?
It costs $15 for nonprofits and $35 for all other entities to change their Maine registered agent when filing a Statement of Appointment or Change with the Department of the Secretary of State.
How much does a Maine 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 Maine?
You can change a Maine registered agent by filing a Statement of Appointment or Change with the Department of 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.