Washington, D.C. Registered Agent

By now, you may know that to operate a business within a given state in the United States, you are required to have a registered agent. Those business owners who have formed a company in the District of Columbia should not overlook this requirement, as they too must have a registered agent on file.

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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 Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 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.

Washington, D.C. Requirements For Individual Registered Agents

The District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has set forth requirements, indicating which individuals can serve on behalf of a company.

  1. If an individual, that person must be at least 18 years old.
  2. The registered agent must have both a street address and mailing address in the District.
  3. Agents can be an individual who holds the office or other position in the entity.

Washington, D.C. Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent

The District of Columbia also defined which companies can serve on behalf of a business entity.

  1. Companies may be or foreign entities that serve in the District as the agent for service of process of an entity.
  2. Agents can be a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar who maintains an office in the District of Columbia.

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 Washington, D.C. When hiring us to serve as a registered agent, business owners can rest assured that they are receiving reliable, professional services, including:

  1. A physical address in the state of Washington, D.C., meeting requirements set forth by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’s Office.
  2. An office available during business hours from Monday through Friday. We can accept all legal correspondence for a company.
  3. A secure online account where business owners can manage your documents.
  4. 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.
  5. A compliance reminder system that informs business owners when annual report filings are due, ensuring they never miss a deadline.
  6. A compliance calendar, which is an easy-to-view method that allows owner to track when annual reports are due.
  7. A vast document library that includes both state and internal paperwork for Corporations and LLCs
  8. Links to state and government agencies
  9. Unlimited document storage

If businesses in Washington, D.C. 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 Washington, D.C. Registered Agent

If you are a business owner in Washington, D.C. 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 – When submitting the paperwork to change registered agents in Washington, D.C. business owners will have to provide the name and information for the new agent. You cannot send this form without this information. So, it’s critical that business owners have a new registered agent in place before moving to remove their existing agent.
  • File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the Washington, D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs – Business owners must submit this Registered Agent Combined Form if they wish to make a change to their acting agent. When doing so, they’ll need to include the information for their new agent. Only an officer of the company needs to sign the form. Once the form is complete, businesses can mail the forms to the Corporations Division of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Pay the Filing Fee – Not only do companies have to complete the Registered Agent Combined Form, but they must also include a payment with their submission. You can find more information about the required fees below.

State Filing Fees

It costs significantly more to form a company in the District of Columbia that it does to change a registered agent. Business owner should pay careful attention to the amount they must include when submitting any paperwork that will impact their registered agent’s status.

Entity Type State Fee Registered Agent Change
Domestic DC Corporation $50
Domestic DC Limited Liability Company $50
Domestic DC Non-Profit Corporations $40
Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP) $50
Foreign Corporations $50
Foreign Non-Profit Corporations $40
Foreign Limited Liability Companies $50
Corporation Entity Type State Fee for Formation
Domestic DC Corporation $220 (or more depending on authorized capital)
Domestic DC Non-Profit Corporation $80
Foreign Corporation Qualification $220
Foreign Non-Profit Corporation Qualification $80