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Considering Doing Business in Multiple States? Here’s What You Need to Know About Registered Agents

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When you’re expanding your business to new states, the last thing you want to worry about is keeping up with different sets of filing requirements. But if you want to stay in good standing with the Secretary of State, you need to have a registered agent in each state where you’re doing business. In this blog post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about registered agents and why they’re such an important part of doing business in multiple states.

What Is a Registered Agent?

A registered agent is a person or entity that is designated to receive service of process on behalf of a company. Service of process is a legal term that refers to the delivery of legal documents like summonses and subpoenas. In most states, companies are required to have a registered agent so that there’s always someone available to accept service of process on the company’s behalf.

Why Do I Need a Registered Agent?

There are two main reasons why having a registered agent is so important. First, it ensures that your company will be able to comply with service of process requirements. If you don’t have a registered agent and someone tries to serve your company with legal documents, they may not be able to reach anyone at your company. This could lead to your company being penalized or even dissolved.

Second, having a registered agent provides some much-needed privacy for your company. The name and contact information of your registered agent will be published in public records, which means that anyone can find out who your registered agent is. However, because the registered agent’s address will be listed instead of your company’s address, you can keep your home address private. This is especially important if you’re running a home-based business.

How Do I Choose a Registered Agent?

When you’re choosing a registered agent for your business, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure that the person or entity you choose is reliable and trustworthy. Remember, this person will be responsible for receiving service of process on behalf of your company, so you need to make sure they’ll be available when they’re needed.

Second, make sure that the person or entity you choose has a physical address in the state where you’re doing business. Many companies choose to use commercial registered agents because they have offices in multiple states. This can be helpful if you’re doing business in multiple states and need someone who can accept service of process in each state.


As you can see, there are many things to consider when choosing a registered agent for your expanding business. But if you take the time to choose someone who is reliable and has a physical address in each state where you’re doing business, you can rest assured knowing that your company is in good hands. And if you ever need help setting up or changing registered agents, BusinessAnywere can assist you with that as well!

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Rick Mak

Rick Mak is a 30-year veteran businessman, having started, bought, and/or sold more than a dozen companies. He has bachelor's degrees in International Business, Finance, and Economics, with masters in both Entrepreneurship and International Law. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the world during his career on entrepreneurship, international tax law, asset protection, and company structure. Business Anywhere Editorial Guidelines

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