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

  • Mail Forwarding Services
  • Compliance Services: Franchise Tax management and compliance
  • File, Retrieve and Monitor Annual Reports
  • U.S.A. Patriot Act Representation (Foreign Banks)
  • Special Agency Representation
  • Independent Director/Manager 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.

Request a Quote for Registered Agent Services

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

QuestionIs it difficult to change my Registered Agent

Answer

No. 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.

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.

QuestionWhat other responsibilities does a Registered Agent have

Answer

Depending on the state, the Registered Agent is also the designated recipient to whom state governments, federal agencies and occasionally commercial agencies send official notifications required each year for tax and/or legal purposes, such as franchise tax notices and annual reports. It is the Registered Agent’s responsibility to forward these notices to the entity at the tax address provided to United Corporate Services, Inc. Generally all junk mail is discarded by United Corporate Services and not forwarded.

QuestionWhat do “domestic” and “foreign” jurisdictions mean

Answer

The invoice lists the jurisdiction where UCS provides Registered Agent services. Domestic refers to the entity’s jurisdiction or state of incorporation. Foreign refers to any state where the entity has filed an Application for Authority to do Business and, thus, has qualified to do business in that state.

QuestionDo different states have different requirements for Registered Agents

Answer

The specific rules for Registered Agents can vary from state to state. However, there are some basic requirements that generally apply. For example, a Registered Agent must have a physical address and availability during normal working hours.

QuestionWhy can’t the online system find my invoice

Answer

There are several reasons that this may happen. Check your invoice number and try to re-enter; it could be that the invoice was paid over 30 days ago. If your invoice number is not found, please call and speak to an Associate in the Representation Department for more information.

QuestionWhy am I getting this invoice

Answer

If you have received an invoice for Annual Registered Agent Services, then UCS has been appointed Registered Agent in the jurisdictions listed on the invoice. The invoice is sent to the billing address provided to UCS.

QuestionCan I pay multiple invoices at once

Answer

There is currently no mechanism online to pay multiple invoices at once. If you would like help with this, please call and a Representation Associate will assist you.

QuestionWhat if I want to change the contact information for the billing, legal or tax address with UCS

Answer

You can use the Change of Address Form provided here.

QuestionWhy does the billing period end June 30th

Answer

Our annual billing period is July 1 through June 30. When UCS becomes Registered Agent for an entity the initial billing is for one full year. For example, if an entity was formed in October, 2016, the first invoice is for October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. The next invoice that will be generated will be prorated from October 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. This will transition the entity into our annual billing period of July 1 through June 30. Our experience for over 47 years has shown that mail can get lost at year end and that our customers prefer to receive Registered Agent invoices for all their entities at the same time of year. They are able to expect these invoices every June and budget accordingly.

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