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Having a registered agent is required by law when forming a limited liability company (LLC) in North Carolina. Below we’ll explain what the registered agent is, their duties, and the state’s requirements to be one.
A registered agent is an individual or company that’s designated by the LLC owners to receive important legal documents on behalf of the business. This position is necessary to ensure that the correct people within an LLC are notified in the event of time-sensitive events, which may include tax notices, service of process for lawsuits, garnishment notices against employees, or notice of annual reports.
According to North Carolina statutes N.C.G.S. §§ 55D-30(a)(2), an LLC must continuously maintain in North Carolina a registered office (which may be the same as any of its places of business or any place where it conducts affairs) and registered agent. The registered agent must have a business office that is identical with the LLC’s registered office, and may be:
Although it may seem like the simplest and cheapest option is to be your own registered agent, there are some compelling reasons to instead use a registered agent service, such as:
You must name your registered agent when you complete the official paperwork with the state to form your LLC, so you need to decide who your registered agent or registered agent service will be before you begin that process. Of course, you need to be sure to inform whomever you’re appointing and get their permission to serve in that role.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
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