A South Carolina Registered Agent serves as your business's point of contact for legal matters, ensuring compliance and timely handling of important documents—learn more about the vital role of a Registered Agent in maintaining your company's legal standing and peace of mind.
Before you can form a limited liability company (LLC) in South Carolina, you need to appoint an official point of contact who can receive legal and other important notices in person for your business. That person (or company) is called a registered agent. We’ll tell you below what the registered agent is, their duties, and the requirements to be one.
A registered agent is an individual or business that is designated by the LLC to receive important legal documents and state correspondence on behalf of the company. This position is essential to ensuring that the correct people within an LLC are notified in person when there are time-sensitive events, such as service of process for lawsuits. The agent also receives important notices from the state, such as garnishment notices against employees, a notice of annual reports, and tax notifications.
State law (SCL 33-5-101) says that each LLC in South Carolina must continuously maintain:
(1) a registered office that may be the same as any of its places of business; and
(2) a registered agent, who may be:
(i) an individual who resides in South Carolina and whose business office is identical with the registered office;
(ii) a domestic corporation or not-for-profit domestic corporation whose business office is identical with the registered office; or
(iii) a foreign (out-of-state) corporation or not-for-profit foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state whose business office is identical with the registered office.
Although it may seem like the simplest option is to be your own registered agent, there are some very good reasons to instead use a registered agent service, such as:
You must designate 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 starting that process. Of course, you need to be sure to inform whomever you’re appointing and get their permission to serve as your agent.
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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