What Does a Registered Agent Do?

By Michael Bell Monday, January 29, 2018

what does a registered agent doA Registered Agent is the liaison between you and the state in which your business is incorporated or registered to do business. The job of a Registered Agent is to forward along any services of process and the annual report notices from the appropriate states. 

A Registered Agent is required by law in all states except New York, where you just need to give the state an address to which it can send service of process. Connecticut allows you to have the state itself as an agent for service.

According to Delaware law, every company needs an agent with a Delaware address that is open during normal local business hours in order to receive any service of process. It is simple and straight-forward to name a Registered Agent for your company.

Your company needs to give the name, street address, email address and telephone number of your company to your Registered Agent, as well as a Communications Contact person who can always be reached.

Registered Agent fees vary from $50 per year to well over $200 per company, per year. Some Registered Agents raise your rates every year; however, our Registered Agent Fee for Delaware companies is $50 per year, guaranteed never to be increased for the life of your company. It is smart to compare Registered Agent Fees before committing to one, as many have hidden fees you won’t know about until it’s too late.

Here is all the information you’ll need if you are filing a new company and need to Appoint a Registered Agent.

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