How do I know if my Registered Agent is current?

Each state requires your business to have a current designated Registered Agent on file. The Registered Agent was initially appointed when you filed your Articles/Certificate of Organization with your state in order to form your LLC. If no changes have been made, and that person or commercial entity is still acting as the Registered Agent for your business, you are considered "in good standing" with the state. Alternatively, if your Registered Agent has changed, and you have updated this information with the state, you are also considered "in good standing" with the state. However, sometimes businesses do not keep their Registered Agent current with the state. This can happen if the person who was initially designated as a Registered Agent is no longer affiliated with the business and never formally filed the paperwork with the state to resign as a Registered Agent, and no new Registered Agent was appointed. It can also happen if a commercial Registered Agent was appointed and the business failed to renew that service on an annual basis. In both cases, the business no longer has a current Registered Agent.

What happens if my Registered Agent is not current with my state?

If your Registered Agent is not current with the state, the business runs the risk of losing it's status as "in good standing" with the state. In some states, this means the state can dissolve (or "shut down") your business. In order to return the business to a good standing status, this means filing more paperwork ("reinstating" the business) and paying the associated fees, which can get expensive. Moreover, if the Registered Agent is not current, and is the one listed with the state who correspondence, notices, and service of process is sent to, then your business is no longer receiving important information. In a worst case scenario, if your business does not receive notice of a lawsuit filed against you, the court may file a default judgment against you.

How to change your Registered Agent

State Registered Agent Change Information
Alabama Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail two copies of the form and the filing fee to the Secretary of State, Business Services Division, PO Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama, 36103-5616. You may pay by check, money order, or credit card.
Form: Change of Registered Agent or Registered Office by Entity
Alaska Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail the Statement of Change and the non-refundable $25.00 filing fee in U.S. dollars to: State of Alaska, Corporations Section, PO Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Form: Statement of Change Registered Agent or Registered Agent Address
Arizona Filing Fee: $5.00
Instructions: Submit a Cover Sheet, Statement of Change, Statutory Agent Acceptance, and the fee to the Arizona Corporation Commission Corporations Division 1300 W. Washington St. Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Forms: Cover Sheet
LLC Statement of Change of Known Place of Business Address or Statutory Agent
Statutory Agent Acceptance
Arkansas Filing Fee: None
Instructions: Mail the signed form to Arkansas Secretary of State 1401 W. Capitol, Suite 250, Little Rock, AR 72201
Form: Notice of Change of Registered Agent
California Filing Fee: None
Instructions: The completed form along with the applicable fees can be mailed to Secretary of State, Statement of Information Unit, P.O. Box 944230, Sacramento, CA 94244-2300
Form: Statement of Information (and instructions)
Colorado Filing Fee: $10.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must file a "Statement of Change Changing the Registered Agent Information" online at: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/business/fileAForm.html
Connecticut Filing Fee: $50.00
Instructions: Mail the completed and signed form, along with the filing fee to the COMMERCIAL RECORDING DIVISION, CONNECTICUT SECRETARY OF THE STATE, P.O. BOX 150470, HARTFORD, CT 06115-0470
Form: Change of Agent
DC Filing Fee: None
Instructions: Mail the completed form to: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Corporations Division PO Box 92300 Washington, DC 20090
Form: RA-3. Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent.
Delaware Filing Fee: $50.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form and filing fee to: Delaware Division of Corporations 401 Federal Street Ð Suite 4 Dover, DE 19901
Form: Certificate of Amendment Changing Only the Registered Office or Registered Agent of a Limited Liability Company
Florida Filing Fee: $25.00 Instructions: Mail the completed form and cover letter (included) along with the filing fee to: Registration Section Division of Corporations P.O. Box 6327 Tallahassee, Florida 32314
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent or Both for Limited Liability Company
Georgia Filing Fee: $50.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must file an "Annual Registration" online at: sos.ga.gov
Hawaii Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Business Registration Division 335 Merchant Street Mailing Address: P.O. Box 40, Honolulu, Hawaii 96810
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Agent by Entity
Idaho Filing Fee: $50.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must file to "Update Registered Agent" online at: sosbiz.idaho.gov
Illinois Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail two copies of the form along with the filing fee to the Secretary of State, Department of Business Services Limited Liability Division, 501 S. Second St., Rm. 351, Springfield, IL 62756
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office
Indiana Filing Fee: $30
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Secretary of State, Business Services Divsion, 302 West Washington Street, Rm. EO18, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Form: Articles of Amendment 49460
Iowa Filing Fee: None
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to the Secretary of State, Business Services Division Lucas Building, 1st Floor Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office
Kansas Filing Fee: $35.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Secretary of State, Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 S.W. 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1594
Form: Change of Registered Office or Agent by Limited Liability Company
Kentucky Filing Fee: $10.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to the Secretary of State, P. O. Box 718, Frankfort, KY 40602-0718
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Address
Louisiana Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to the Secretary of State, Commerical Division, P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Form: Notice of Change of Registered Office and/or Change of Registered Agent
Maine Filing Fee: :$35.00 Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Secretary of State, Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions, 101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101
Form: Statement of Appointment or Change of Commercial Registered Agent
Form: Statement of Appointment or Change of Noncommercial Registered Agent
Maryland Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must submit a Resolution to Change Principal Office/Resident Agent Online at: https://egov.maryland.gov/businessexpress
Massachusetts Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Secretary of the Commonwealth, One Ashburton Place, Room 1717, Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1512
Form: Certificate of Statement of Change of Resident Agent/Resident Office
Michigan Filing Fee: $5.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, Corporations Division, P.O. Box 30054, Lansing, MI 48909
Form: Certificate of Change of Registered Office and/or Registered Agent
Minnesota Filing Fee: $35.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Minnesota Secretary of State - Business Services, Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building, 60 Empire Drive, Suite 100, St Paul, MN 55103
Form: Notice of Change of Registered Office/Registered Agent
Mississippi Filing Fee: $50.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must create an account, and "File an Amendment on an Existing Business" online at: https://corp.sos.ms.gov/corp/portal/c/page/login/portal.aspx>
Missouri Fee: $10.00
Instructions: Mail the completed frm along with the filing fee to: Corporations Division, PO Box 778, 600 W. Main St., Rm. 322, Jefferson City, MO 65102 Business Services Division, PO Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama, 36103-5616. You may pay by check, money order, or credit card.
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered OfficeBy a Foreign or Domestic For Profit or Nonprofit Corporation or a Limited Liability Company
Montana Filing Fee: None
Instructions: Create an ePass account and submit the Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form to the Secretary of State online at https://app.mt.gov/epass/Authn/selectIDP.html
Nebraska Filing Fee: $15.00
Instructions: Mail two copies of the form along with the filing fee to: John A. Gale, Secretary of State, P.O. Box 94608, Lincoln, NE 68509
Form: Statement of Change of Designated Office, Registered Agent and/or Registered Agent's Address
Nevada Filing Fee: $60.00 Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Secretary of State,202 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701-4201
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Agent by Represented Entity
New Hampshire Filing Fee: $15.00 (waived if submitted on the Annual Report, filing period from January 1st through April 1st)
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Corporation Division, NH Dept. of State, 107 N Main St, Rm 204, Concord, NH 03301-4989
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent or Both
New Jersey Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must select "Change Registered Agent/Office" online at: https://www.njportal.com/dor/annualreports
New Mexico Filing Fee: $20.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to the Secretary of State, Business Services Division, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent
New York Filing Fee: $30.00 Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: New York Department of State, Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231
Form: Certificate of Change
North Carolina Filing Fee: $5.00
Instructions: Mail two copies of this filing and the $25.00 fee to: Business Registration Division, P. O. BOX 29622, Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
Form: Statement of Change of Registered Office and/or Registered Agent
North Dakota Filing Fee: $10.00 Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: the Secretary of State, 600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept. 108, Bismarck, ND 58505-0500
Form: Commercial or Noncommercial Registered Agent Statement of Change (SFN 13019)
Ohio Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail the Cover Letter, Statutory Agent Update and the filing fee to: Secretary of State, P.O. Box 788, Columbus, OH 43216
Form: Statutory Agent Update
Oklahoma Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Secretary of State, 421 N.W. 13th, Suite 210, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Form: Change or Designation of Resident Agent and/or Registered Office and/or Principal Office
Oregon Filing Fee: None
Instructions: Mail the completed form to: Secretary of State - Corporation Division, 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151, Salem, OR 97310-1327
Form: Information Change
Pennsylvania Filing Fee: $5.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, P.O. Box 8722, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722
Form: Change of Registered Office
Rhode Island Filing Fee: $20.00
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Division of Business Services, 148 W. River Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2615
Form: Change of Resident Agent
South Carolina Filing Fee: $10.00
Instructions: Mail two copies of this filing along with the filing fee to: Secretary of State, Business Services Division, 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525, Columbia, SC 29201
Form: Notice of Change of (1) Designated Office, (2) Agent for Service of Process, or (3) Address of Agent
South Dakota Filing Fee: $10.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must file a "Statement of Change" online at: https://sosenterprise.sd.gov/BusinessServices/Business/SOCID.aspx
Tennessee Filing Fee: $20.00 Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Department of State, Corporate Filings, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower, Nashville, TN 37243
Form: Change of Registered Agent/Office (by a Limited Liability Company)
Texas Filing Fee: $15.00
Instructions: Mail two copies of the form along with the filing fee to: the Secretary of State, P.O. Box 13697, Austin, Texas 78711-3697
Form: Change of Registered Agent/Office
Utah Filing Fee: $15.00 Instructions: Mail two copies of the form along with the filing fee to: Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code, PO Box 146705, Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705
Form: Registration Information Change
Vermont Filing Fee: $25.00
Instructions: Mail two copies of the form along with the filing fee to: Vermont Secretary of State, Corporations Division, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1104
Form: Change of Registered Agent or Agent Address
Virginia Filing Fee: None
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must create an account and do so online at: sccefile.scc.virginia.gov
Washington Filing Fee: None
Instructions: Mail the completed form along with the filing fee to: Secretary of State, Corporations and Charities Division, PO Box 40234, Olympia, WA 98504 - 0234
Form: Statement of Change/Designation of Registered Agent
West Virginia Filing Fee: $15.00 Instructions: Mail the complted form along with the filing fee to: One Stop Business Center, 1615 Washington Street East, Charleston, WV 25311
Form: Application to Appoint Process, Officers and/or Addresses
Wisconsin Filing Fee: $10.00
Instructions: To change the registered agent, you must do so online at: https://www.wdfi.org/apps/corpSearch/Search.aspx?appURL=/apps/productselect/RegAgent/Index/
Wyoming Filing Fee: None
Instructions: Mail the complted forms to: Wyoming Secretary of State, 2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
Form: Change of an EntityÕs Registered Agent and Office
Form: Consent to Appointment by Registered Agent