A Utah Registered Agent ensures legal compliance and timely information flow for your business – learn more here.
Before you can form a limited liability company (LLC) in the state of Utah, you need to designate an official point of contact so that the state and those with legal notices can get in touch with 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 owners to receive important legal documents on behalf of the company. This position is essential for 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 notice of annual reports and tax notifications.
The duties and requirements of the registered agent are found in Utah Statutes, Chapter 17 of the Model Registered Agents Act. These say LLCs will have and continuously maintain a registered agent and registered office within the state. The agent must be available during normal business hours to accept any service of process, notice, or demand pertaining to the LLC and forward it to the appropriate individuals. Basically, the registered agent is the LLC’s mailbox for legal and other important notices.
Under Utah Code 16-17-203, every Utah LLC must submit a filing designating both a registered office (actual street address or rural route box number in the state, not a P.O. box or something similar) and registered agent. The filing must state:
At first glance, it may seem like the simplest option is to be your own registered agent, but there are some compelling reasons to consider using a registered agent service instead, such as:
You must name your registered agent when you complete the official paperwork with the state to form your Utah LLC, so you need to decide who your registered agent or registered agent service will be before then. Of course, you need to be sure to inform whomever you’re appointing and get their permission first.
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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