Arkansas Registered Agent

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Arkansas LLC Registered Agent

How to form an LLC in Arkansas
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Arkansas.

Detailed Lessons:

 

Arkansas LLC costs:
State filing fee: $45 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $150 (every year)

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Before filing your Articles of Organization with Arkansas, you need to select a Registered Agent for your LLC.

A Registered Agent is a person or company who agrees to accept legal mail on behalf of your LLC in case your business gets sued.

In most states, a Registered Agent will also serve as a general point of contact for receiving business and tax notices, payment reminders, and other documents.

Your Registered Agent must have a street address in Arkansas (PO Boxes are not allowed).

Your Registered Agent must also be available during normal business hours (9am – 5pm) in case Service of Process arrives. Service of Process includes delivery of documents such as complaints, summons, and/or subpoenas.

Who Can Be Your Registered Agent in Arkansas?

When forming an LLC in Arkansas, you have 3 options:

Option 1: You can be your LLC’s Registered Agent.

Option 2: A friend or family member can be your LLC’s Registered Agent.

Option 3: You can hire a Commercial Registered Agent.

How Do I Know Which One to Choose?

• If you have a street address located in Arkansas (such as a home or office), and are available during business hours, you can list yourself as the Registered Agent.

• If you don’t have a street address in Arkansas, you can use a friend or family member’s address. They need to have a street address in Arkansas and be available during business hours.

• If you don’t have a street address in Arkansas, and you don’t have a friend or family member’s address that you can use (or prefer not to), you can hire a Commercial Registered Agent.

Using a Commercial Registered Agent offers more privacy and is usually a more reliable setup.

Commercial Registered Agent

If you need to hire a Commercial Registered Agent, we recommend Northwest Registered Agent ($125 per year).

Why we recommend Northwest Registered Agent

Northwest Registered Agent is our personal recommendation (and the service we use ourselves) because they’ve been in business for over 20 years, have great customer service, and they let you use their address in your entire LLC filing in order to keep your address off public record.

How to keep your address off public records:

Many filers in Arkansas start businesses from their home. For this reason, it’s important to know that all addresses that are on your LLC’s Articles of Organization get listed on public record and may appear in google searches.

If you were thinking of using your home address, but would rather keep it off public records, you can hire a Registered Agent that will allow you to use their address throughout your Articles of Organization. Northwest Registered Agent offers this unique service at no additional cost. They offer Registered Agent services for $125 per year and they’ll let you use their address throughout your Articles of Organization.

Any mail that is sent to your LLC will be scanned by them and uploaded into your online account.

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Are there risks if you, a friend, or family member are your LLC’s Registered Agent?

In short, there are risks. They are not likely to occur, but if they do, you could lose your liability protection.

For example, if the state is unsuccessful in reaching your LLC’s Registered Agent, you may lose your good standing status, and the state has the authority to dissolve your LLC.

Additionally, if a process server is unsuccessful in reaching your LLC’s Registered Agent about a lawsuit (they’ll try a few times), the court case can proceed in your absence and you might not even know about it. Worse, the court could place a judgment against you if you aren’t there to defend yourself.

A few reasons a process server might not be able to reach your LLC’s Registered Agent:

  • you, your friend, or family member are not there during business hours
  • you/they are on vacation
  • you moved and forgot to file a Change of Registered Agent with the state

Hiring a Commercial Registered Agent is a more reliable setup and gives you the freedom to take vacations and not worry about changing your Registered Agent address if you move.

Many Commercial Registered Agents will also help keep your LLC in compliance by sending you reminders of annual reporting requirements.

Next Step

Once you determine who will serve as your Arkansas LLC’s Registered Agent, you can then proceed to the next Lesson: Articles of Organization.

If you need to hire a Commercial Registered Agent, please do so before going to the next step.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! LLC University® teaches people how to form an LLC for free in all 50 states. We hope you find our free guides and resources helpful in your business journey.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

4 Comments

  1. Erin September 10, 2017

    If I list myself as my RA, will I be able to hire a commercial registered agent later?

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    • Matt Horwitz September 12, 2017

      Hi Erin, yes, you can list yourself as Registered Agent now and then hire a Commercial Registered Agent later. After you hire the Commercial Registered Agent, you’ll just file a “Notice of Change or Registered Agent” with the Arkansas Secretary of State. There is no fee to do that and it can be filed online or by mail. And, depending on which Commercial Registered Agent Service you hire, sometimes they’ll take care of that filing for you. Hope that helps!

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      • DePrestonKirby January 11, 2018

        Hi Matt:
        I really like your site.

        I have a couple of questions that are related.
        While, I am eligible for retirement, I must continue working
        for financial reasons – at least for now.

        I am currently working on a book/\ebook in my spare time.

        I have heard that fiction books (that I hope to write in the future)
        are less “at risk” than nonfiction books. Since, I am currently working
        on writing a couple of nonfiction books for publication. I want a LLC.

        I have a physical office at my residence, but often use my “virtual office” my computer and cell phone. If I am available, can I serve as my on Registered Agent?
        Thanks.
        sincerely,
        DePrestonKirby

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        • Matt Horwitz January 15, 2018

          Hello DePrestonKirby, yes, you can serve as your LLC’s Registered Agent using your virtual office address. Hope that helps and best wishes with your writing!

          reply

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