Updated on April 19, 2024

A registered agent service is a person or business entity designated to receive legal notices, accept personal service, and facilitate the renewal of a business entity with the State government.

By State

Top Registered Agents (10)

CompanyPricing ($)Document Scanning?Fee for Renewals?Mobile App?
*1. ZenBusiness

4.7 out of 5 – 13,363 reviews
*$99YesNo (except State fee)iOSAndroid
2. IncAuthority

4.9 out of 5 – 28,031 reviews
$119/yearYesNo
3. Swyft Filings

4.8 out of 5 – 6,428 reviews
$119/yearYesNo
4. IncFile

4.7 out of 5 – 15,579 reviews
$119/yearYesNo
5. LegalZoom

4.7 out of 5 – 3,068 reviews
$249/yearYesYesiOS
6. RocketLawyer

4.7 out of 5 – 3,068 reviews
$249.99/yearYesYesiOSAndroid
7. BetterLegal

4.5 out of 5 – 314 reviews
$90/yearYesYesNo
8. HarborCompliance

4.2 out of 5 – 16 reviews
$99/yearYesYesNo
9. NorthwestRegisteredAgent

3.5 out of 5 – 62 reviews
$125/yearYesYesNo
10. Incorp

2.2 out of 5 – 16 reviews
$129/yearYesYesNo

Requirements

A registered agent is required for any entity licensed to do business within a State which includes LLCs, corporations, and partnerships. A registered agent is commonly required to be the following:

  • Registered to transact business – Must be able to transact business within the State, which means a business operating as a registered agent must be incorporated. If an individual is appointed, they must be over 18 years of age and a resident of the State (i.e., hold a valid driver’s license).
  • Physical Address to Accept Delivery – A physical location that is open during “normal” business hours to accept personal delivery of notices. Also known as accepting service of process (SOP).
  • Official Appointment – Must be recorded with the government for a registered agent to act on behalf of a business entity. This is commonly mentioned on the incorporation documents or by filing an official change of registered agent with the State.
  • Written Consent – There must be separate written consent by a business entity when appointing a registered agent to act on their behalf. This is commonly signed by the entity’s organizer or majority owner.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Accepting and Forwarding Mail – Commonly by scanning and e-mailing documents received.
  • Maintaining a Physical Location – Be available for the personal delivery of notices.
  • Sending Reminders – Send notifications when renewals or other government-related communication is required.
  • Government Communication – All notices, reports, and conveying of information to the State government.
  • Document Storage – To store and manage documents sent and received by the government and related to the business (such as an operating agreement).

Can I be my own Registered Agent?

Can I use my business address (principal office address)?

How to Change a Registered Agent