Last Updated: May 10, 2024, 12:49 pm by TRUiC Team

Who Can Be a Registered Agent for an LLC?

A registered agent for an LLC can be any person or entity that meets the criteria of the state in which the LLC was formed. Generally speaking, these include anyone 18 years or older who has a physical address in the state and is available during business hours to receive documents. 

For an entity to act as an agent, it must be authorized to do business in the state. Below, we explain more about who can be an agent, how an LLC designates one, whether you can be your own agent, and the benefits of using a registered agent service.

Recommended: Northwest Registered Agent offers free registered agent services with LLC or corporation formation ($29 plus state fees).

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What Are the Criteria for a Registered Agent?

The basic criteria for an agent are straightforward:

  • being 18 years of age or older
  • having a physical address in the state where the business is formed
  • being available (in person) during normal business hours

How Does an LLC Designate a Registered Agent?

In most states, you must designate a registered agent for your LLC, partnership, or corporation when forming your business. After choosing your business structure, one of the next steps is to add a registered agent office when you file your Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State or other official government agency.

Can You Be Your Own Registered Agent?

Yes, you can be your own registered agent for your company. Another option is to select an officer or member of your business or a trusted friend, as long as the individual meets the requirements listed above.

Another option would be to hire a professional registered agent service.

What Are the Benefits of a Registered Agent Service?

Designating another person or an entity to serve as a registered agent or your LLC or corporation has considerable benefits. These include:

  • Compliance with the Law
  • Peace of Mind
  • Flexibility
  • Privacy

Visit our Should I Use a Registered Agent Service guide for help with making the right choice for your business.

Compliance With the Law

A registered agent service can send you period reminders for filing deadlines and even file certain documents like annual reports. It can also keep copies of important corporate documents in case the originals are damaged, lost, or stolen.

Peace of Mind

You won’t have to worry about missing important documents or deadlines. You also can avoid commingling your business and personal mail.


The service will be available during normal business hours to receive documents. That means you can work whenever you want.


If you work out of your home, the service’s address – not yours – will be a matter of public record. And if you have a separate office, service of process and other sensitive documents won’t be delivered in front of employees and customers.


Yes, providing you:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in your state of business
  • Are always available during normal business hours to receive service of process in person

You can choose a member of your LLC or a trusted friend. Alternatively, you can hire a registered agent service.

Most states require you to designate a registered agent if you own a business. However, even if it isn't required, we strongly recommend appointing one to accept service of process documents, gain peace of mind, and maintain your privacy.

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