California Registered Agent
A local California registered agent is required when forming a business in California.
What is a California registered agent?
Registered agents in California can be commercial or non-commercial, either an organization or an individual living in the state. You furnish the registered agent name and address on your formation documents filed with the state. The CA registered agent is responsible for receiving annual report notices and legal notices on your behalf, and forwarding them to your company. California registered agents must have a physical location in California and be present at that location during normal business hours. Generally a deputy or process server will deliver the court papers to the California resident agent’s address. Attorneys may also deliver some court papers by certified mail to the California registered agent at the registered office address, and that will be legal proof that you have been served, whether your registered agent delivers it to your company or not. Use a registered agent you can count on.
It is a California registered agent’s function to be available at the address listed as the CA registered office address during normal business hours. Paperwork from the state will be sent to the California resident agent’s address.
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What types of businesses are required to have California registered agents?
Domestic and foreign corporations, professional corporations, nonprofits, domestic and foreign LLCs, plus LPs and LLPs must maintain a registered agent with the CA Secretary of State, Business Entities Program.
How do we handle items we receive as your California resident agent?
We scan all legal notices; annual and biennial report notices and other official papers received, and upload them into your online account locally in California. You receive immediate email notification of any document uploaded into your California resident agent’s account.
As an added California resident agent service, we track your California annual or biennial report (referred to as Statement of Information in California) due date and send you reminders with instructions for filing your report in a timely manner with the State of California Secretary of State, Business Entities Program.
How do you change your registered agent in California?
California does not have a form for changing a registered agent. You must change your registered agent on your Statement of Information. It can be done online during the entity’s filing period. This costs corporations $25 and LLCs $20. If you must make the change outside of your filing period, you mail in an Amended Statement of Information for free with the registered agent information change. Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships can change their registered agent by filing an Amendment to Certificate of Limited Partnership by mail with a $30 filing fee.
Benefits of hiring Resident Agent LLC as your California registered agent service provider:
- California Statement of Information report reminders
- Access to library of forms to file in California
- California registered agent service immediately
You can order online for California registered agent service in all 51 jurisdictions or add states in your online account at any time.