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.
South Carolina Requirements For Individual Registered Agents
Fortunately for business owners, the South Carolina Secretary of State provides detailed information related to registered agent requirements. One option that business owners have is to find an individual to serve as their registered agent.
- The individual must be at least 18 years old
- The individual must be a resident of South Carolina
- The individual may be the owner of the entity
- The registered agent’s address must be listed as the physical address
- A P.O. box will not suffice as a physical address
South Carolina Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent
Another option South Carolina businesses have is for a company to serve as their registered agent.
- The company must be authorized to transact business in South Carolina
- The company must have a physical address in the state
- The company’s address must be listed as the registered office address
- A P.O. box will not suffice as a physical address
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 South Carolina. 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 South 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 South 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 South Carolina Registered Agent
If you are a business owner in the state of South 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 businesses can go about replacing their existing registered agent, they must have a new agent in place. Because the purpose of replacing the registered agent is to improve, business owners should take their time reviewing new agents and choosing the one with who they feel the most comfortable.
- File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the South Carolina Secretary of State – Once a business secures their new agent, they will need to file a Notice of Change of Registered Office Or Registered Agent form. South Carolina businesses cannot change their registered agent when filing their annual report. When presenting this form, companies will need to include the information for the existing and new registered agents. South Carolina requires businesses to submit two copies of the document when filing.
- Pay the Filing Fee – The cost to change registered agents in South Carolina is $10. Businesses should make payments payable to the South Carolina Secretary of State.
State Filing Fees
No matter if a company is going through the formation process or are making a change to their registered agent, they will likely have to pay filing fees. These filing fees can vary significantly depending on the type of business filing and their reason for doing so. For example, fees in Rhode Island can be nominal as $10 or as large as $1,000. Below is a breakdown of the state of Rhode Island filing fees.
|Entity Type||State Fee Registered Agent Change|
|Domestic South Carolina Corporation||$10|
|Domestic South Carolina Limited Liability Company||$10|
|Domestic South Carolina Non-Profit Corporations||$10|
|Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP)||$10|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporations||$10|
|Foreign Limited Liability Companies||$10|
|Corporation Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic South Carolina Corporation||$135|
|Domestic South Carolina Non-Profit Corporation||$25|
|Foreign Corporation Qualification||$135|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporation Qualification||$10|
|LLC Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic South Carolina Limited Liability Company||$100|
|Domestic South Carolina Partnerships||$10 – $100|
|Foreign Limited Liability Company Qualification||$100|
|Foreign Partnership Qualification||$10 – $100|