Other registered agent providers offer only the bare minimum of what states require. BizFilings offers superior value with tools and services including:
Additionally, with BizFilings, you can switch for free. When you change your agent to BizFilings, we pay the state’s change of agent filing fee.
|Registered Agent Service option||Registered agent only||Change agent||With a filing service order|
This table outlines when to choose each Registered Agent Service option and the pricing for each.
Virtually all states require C corporations, S corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), limited partnerships (LPs) and nonprofit corporations to appoint a registered agent in the state where the company is incorporated. If a company has registered to transact business in another state (a process called foreign qualification), it typically must have a registered agent in the state(s) of qualification as well. The registered agent is responsible for receiving, on behalf of the company, important legal and tax documents including: Service of Process (Notice of Litigation), franchise tax forms and annual report forms.
The registered agent may be an individual or it may be a company approved by the state to serve as a registered agent. It must be located at a street address (not a post office box) in the state where the company is incorporated or qualified to transact business. The registered agent's name and address are included on the incorporation documents, making them a matter of public record.
Every Service of Process we receive is handled promptly: when we receive a Service of Process, we scan the documents to make them available to you in your secure Online Status Center account. We also immediately notify you via email of the event. Electronic delivery of Service of Process is not only faster than mail forwarding, but it also enables easy distribution of the document to in-house or external legal counsel as needed.
Additionally, many states send taxation documents, annual reports and other important state mail to the registered agent. We will log this mail in your company record and forward it to you.
BizComply is our web-based compliance management tool that:
If you own multiple businesses, you can keep track of each through a single account. And if your business is qualified in other states, BizComply will help you manage requirements for each of those states. You can even add your own company or municipal compliance events to the calendar and schedule email alerts to remind you of these events as well.
As your registered agent, BizFilings satisfies your state's legal requirement to have an individual or company receive important legal and tax documents on behalf of your company. BizFilings' service doesn't stop there, however. We provide a number of benefits at no additional charge to you, such as: our monthly Registered Agent Watch email, access to BizComply─our online compliance management tool, electronic Service of Process delivery, online access to your account and more.
Having BizFilings as your registered agent is imperative if you:
Please note: In order to best serve you, BizFilings requires your state charter number (filing number) and your registration date with the Secretary of State. Once this information is obtained from the state, please email or call so we have updated information on file. BizFilings also audits state records to ensure our accounts are on file with the state. If BizFilings finds your company is not on file within 6 months of your order date, your order will be cancelled and removed from the subscription renewal process. If filing with the state is not a requirement for your business and you need Registered Agent Service, please inform our team of this at the time of order.
The following Learning Center materials can help you understand the role of a registered agent and the ongoing compliance requirements incorporated businesses face:
The following services can assist you in keeping your business compliant with ongoing formalities and annual state requirements:
We have resources to help you understand your options.