Changing Your Registered Agent

Once you decide who you want your new registered agent to be, you can easily change your current one by filling out the proper form provided by your state's business services office. There may be a nominal fee depending on your state.

When filing your new registered agent, make sure to submit your new registered agent’s signed consent form if applicable. This step can vary by state.

For your state's specific directions and forms, visit our state-specific registered agent guides.

Reasons for Changing a Registered Agent

We all value our privacy; if you decided to act as your own registered agent when you initially formed your business, you can change your mind and choose to go with a professional registered agent service instead.

Your registered agent service’s address will be listed on the public record— not your personal or office address. This is especially important to consider if your business operates out of your home.

A registered agent service will maintain your privacy by:

  • Preventing you from being served with a lawsuit in person. You don’t want to get served in front of your family, employees, or worse, your customers.
  • Having their address public instead of yours. As a result, you’re less likely to receive unsolicited mail.

What to do Before Changing a Registered Agent

It’s important to know who you’re appointing as your new registered agent before changing the existing one. If you fail to have a registered agent for your business, there could be negative consequences including fines or even dissolution. 

Who Can Be Your New Registered Agent?

If you’ve decided to change your registered agent, you have a few different options. Registered agents have to meet the following requirements:

  • be 18 years or older
  • have a physical address in the state where the business is conducted
  • be available during normal business hours

If you or a member of your LLC are not serving as the registered agent, you may consider hiring a professional registered agent service. In addition to having a legitimate office in the state of your LLC, we encourage you to find a national registered agent service with the following features:

  • Compliance management: reminders for filing annual reports and other important deadlines
  • Document management: local scanning of all official documents so you can access them from your online account
  • Availability: a reliable customer service team who can answer any questions you may have
  • Thorough coverage: the ability to provide registered agent services in all 50 states
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For detailed reviews of registered agent services, visit the Top 7 Best Registered Agent Services article by our friends over at Startup Savant.