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 State Corporation Commission, 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.
Virginia Requirements For Individual Registered Agents
When it comes to designating a registered agent, one option that Virginia business owners have is a sole individual. The Virginia State Corporation Commission outlined a few requirements for individuals serving as registered agents.
- The individual is a Virginia resident
- The individual is at least 18 years old
- The individual is a member of the Virginia State Bar or is a part of the management of a business entity
- The individual agrees to serve as the business entity’s registered agent
Virginia Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent
Some business owners would prefer that another company serve as their registered agent.
- A Virginia business entity or a foreign business entity authorized to transact business in Virginia may serve as the registered agent
- The business entity must agree to this assignment
- An entity may not serve as its own registered agent
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 Virginia. 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 Virginia, meeting requirements set forth by the State Corporation Commission’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 Virginia 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 Virginia Registered Agent
If you are a business owner in the state of Virginia 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 – To change registered agents, we recommend first having a new agent in place. This ensures a seamless transition while guaranteeing that your business remains in good standing with the state of Virginia.
- File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the Virginia State Corporation Commission – Once a business has secured a new agent, they’ll need to file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office with the State Corporation Commission. Businesses can do so online through the commission’s eFile page. If a company wishes to submit a hard copy, they must generate a request through the Clerk’s Office. Virginia business owners can also change their registered agent information when they file their annual report.
- Pay the Filing Fee – Virginia business owners are fortunate in the fact that there is no filing fee when changing their registered agent. However, it still takes time and effort to submit the forms to the State Corporation Commission. Businesses should take the time to find an excellent registered agent so that they only change agents once.
State Filing Fees
Just because Virginia businesses do not have to pay filing fees when changing their registered agent does not mean they are off the hook from ever having to pay filing fees. Below, business owners can see a breakdown of the fees they owe to the state of Virginia when filing paperwork.
|Entity Type||State Fee Registered Agent Change|
|Domestic Virginia Corporation||$0|
|Domestic Virginia Limited Liability Company||$0|
|Domestic Virginia Non-Profit Corporations||$0|
|Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP)||$0|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporations||$0|
|Foreign Limited Liability Companies||$0|
|Corporation Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Virginia Corporation||$75|
|Domestic Virginia Non-Profit Corporation||$75|
|Foreign Corporation Qualification||$75|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporation||$75|
|LLC Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Virginia Limited Liability Company||$100|
|Domestic Virginia Partnerships||$100|
|Foreign Limited Liability Company Qualification||$100|
|Foreign Partnership Qualification||$100|