A registered agent is a business or individual who serves as a company’s representative. They are typically tasked with accepting documents on the LLC’s behalf, including official government correspondence. This can include service of process notices, tax information, communication from the Secretary of State, and notices of lawsuits. Registered agents act as a middle-man, as it is their job to see that members of the LLC receive these documents.
North Carolina Requirements For Individual Registered Agents
One of the registered agent options that North Carolina companies have is choosing an individual serve in the role. The Department of the Secretary of the State indicates that individual registered agents must:
- Be a North Carolina resident
- Have a physical office in North Carolina, which will serve as the company’s registered office
- Ensure that this location is open during regular business hours
- Is at least 18 years old
North Carolina Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent
Businesses may also elect for another corporation to serve as their registered agent. Requirements include:
- The corporation must have existed previously
- The corporation is authorized to do business or conduct affairs in North Carolina
- The corporation is a separate entity from the original business
- The corporation is considered active by the Secretary of State
DoMyLLC Can Serve As Your Registered Agent
It’s critical that new business owners find a registered agent upon who they can trust and rely. At DoMyLLC, we offer registered agent services to those looking to file as an LLC or corporation in the state of New York. When hiring us to serve as a registered agent, business owners can rest assured that they are receiving reliable, professional services, including:
- A physical address in the state of North Carolina, meeting requirements set forth by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- An office available during business hours from Monday through Friday. We can accept all legal correspondence for a company.
- A secure online account where business owners can manage your documents.
- An innovative management system design making it easier than ever for business owners to handle all legal correspondence, even if they’re not in the state.
- A compliance reminder system that informs business owners when annual report filings are due, ensuring they never miss a deadline.
- A compliance calendar, which is an easy-to-view method that allows owner to track when annual reports are due.
- A vast document library that includes both state and internal paperwork for Corporations and LLCs
- Links to state and government agencies
- Unlimited document storage
If businesses in North Carolina miss important deadlines, such as annual report filings, they could be subject to harsh penalties. When hiring DoMyLLC as a registered agent, business owners can trust that their information will be uploaded to the online management system immediately upon delivery and that they will never miss an important deadline. DoMyLLC allows business owners to focus on running their business instead of having to burden themselves with compliance paperwork.
How To Change Your North Carolina Registered Agent
If you are a business owner in the state of North Carolina who is not satisfied with the registered agent currently representing your company, it’s possible that you can make a change.
- Hire a New Agent – Before replacing an existing registered agent, business owners should ensure that they have already hired their new agent. This will allow for a seamless transition from one agent to the next.
- File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the North Carolina Secretary of State – Once a business has secured their new agent, they should file a Statement of Change of Registered Office And/Or Registered Agent with the State of North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State. When completing these forms, businesses will have to provide the information currently on file as well as the new information. Furthermore, North Carolina businesses can also update their registered agent information when filing their annual report.
- Pay the Filing Fee – The cost of filing Statement of Change paperwork in North Carolina is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to other states. But, business owners should ensure that they pay this fee promptly. Otherwise, the state will not process their Statement of Change forms.
State Filing Fees
When it comes to filing forms that involve registered agents, business owners in North Carolina should remember that they will always likely have to pay a filing fee. However, the cost to do so can fluctuate significantly depending on the type of organization submitting the forms and their reasoning for doing so. The information below should help clarify all North Carolina Filing Fees.
|Entity Type||State Fee Registered Agent Change|
|Domestic North Carolina Corporation||$7|
|Domestic North Carolina Limited Liability Company||$7|
|Domestic North Carolina Non-Profit Corporations||$7|
|Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP)||$7|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporations||$7|
|Foreign Limited Liability Companies||$7|
|Corporation Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic North Carolina Corporation||$125|
|Domestic North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation||$60|
|Foreign Corporation Qualification||$250|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporation Qualification||$125|
|LLC Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic North Carolina Limited Liability Company||$125|
|Domestic North Carolina Partnerships||$20-$125|
|Foreign Limited Liability Company Qualification||$250|
|Foreign Partnership Qualification||$50-$125|