Registered Agent Services


What is a Registered Agent?

When an entity registers to do business in a jurisdiction, state statutes often require the entity to appoint an independent Registered Agent. A Registered Agent is a business or individual designated to receive service of process “(SOP)” on behalf of the entity that is party to a legal action. It is the Registered Agent’s job to forward SOP to the entity at the legal address provided in a timely, safe and secure manner so the company has as much time as possible to respond.

Who needs a Registered Agent?

All businesses must have a contact person in the state where they are registered. If your business is registered in a state where you do not have a physical location, you must appoint a Registered Agent to accept documents on your behalf.

Our Services

United Corporate Services can assist clients with corporate housekeeping so that their companies remain ‘active’ and in ‘good standing’. As your Registered Agent, we provide the following services

Our Exclusive Online Knowledge Base

As a United Corporate Services client you have access to UCS Connect, an online knowledge base and image repository designed to save you time, your most valuable asset. Here you will find the complete listing of our Registered Agent office addresses; the ability to file your annual reports online and pay your Registered Agent Invoice in addition to other Project Management services.

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Choose United Corporate to be a trusted part of your team.

United Corporate Services is committed to prompt and accurate Service of Process, entity compliance, and excellent customer service. We have the experience and technology to provide expert knowledge and unparalleled service, through our proprietary network, in all 50 states as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico. For information on international representation, please visit our International Services page.

“Acting as our Registered Agent, United Corporate Services has ensured that our business has received important information in a timely manner. They are reliable and fast.” – Client quote

FAQs

QuestionWhat other responsibilities does a Registered Agent have?

Answer

The RA is required to forward any mail received from a government agency, whether federal, state or local, to the address provided by our client. These would include tax notices, annual reports, etc.

QuestionWho can perform the functions of a registered agent?

Answer

Different states have different requirements for registered agents. Typically, the agent must be a legal resident of the state in question or, in states that allow entities to serve a registered agents, an entity authorized to do business in the state. All states allow a corporate officer of the corporation to serve, and all allow the corporation’s lawyer to serve. Most allow business entities to serve as registered agents for other entities. In some states a business entity is legally allowed to act as its own registered agent, but other jurisdictions may require that a business entity designate a third party like United Corporate Services, Inc. as its registered agent.

Because most states permit one business entity to serve as a registered agent for others, some businesses exist to serve that exact function, charging a fee to act as the registered agent for hundreds or thousands of businesses in a given state.

QuestionIs the registered office the same as the principal office?

Answer

The registered office is the Registered Agent’s address in the jurisdiction where the entity is doing business. The principal office is the office address of the entity where their books and records are kept. UCS does offer a principal office plan and if you are interested, please contact us for more details.

QuestionI’m drafting a certificate of incorporation and the form is asking for a registered agent. Do I have to appoint an agent or can I leave it blank?

Answer

Most jurisdictions in the United States require that any business entity that is formed or doing business within their borders designate and maintain a “Registered Agent”. This person may be known as the “Resident Agent”, or “Statutory Agent”, depending on the laws of the individual jurisdiction in which the business entity is registered.

QuestionWho can perform the function of a registered agent?

Answer

Different states have different requirements for registered agents. Typically, the agent must be a legal resident of the state in question or, in states that allow entities to serve a registered agents, an entity authorized to do business in the state. All states allow a corporate officer of the corporation to serve, and all allow the corporation’s lawyer to serve. Most allow business entities to serve as registered agents for other entities. In some states a business entity is legally allowed to act as its own registered agent, but other jurisdictions may require that a business entity designate a third party like United Corporate Services, Inc. as its registered agent.

QuestionWhen can I appoint UCS as registered agent?

Answer

The registered agent for a business entity is generally assigned in the formation documents filed in a jurisdiction when the entity is originally created but can also be appointed when a company decides to change their agent by filing a Change of Agent application with the Secretary of State.

QuestionWhere can UCS act as registered agent?

Answer

  • All 50 states of the U.S.
  • Canada
  • Puerto Rico
  • United Kingdom
  • USVI
  • Under the U.S.A. Patriot Act

QuestionHow do I change my Registered Agent to UCS?

Answer

At United Corporate, we make it is easy to make a change. If you are not happy with your current Registered Agent, contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive services.

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