Before filing your Articles of Organization with the Kansas Secretary of State, 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 Kansas, 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 Kansas (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 for an LLC includes delivery of documents such as complaints, summons, and/or subpoenas.
Note: We are using the word “Registered Agent” throughout this page, however, the official term in Kansas is “Resident Agent”. Both of these words mean the same thing. We may use them interchangeably.
Special offer: If you hire Northwest to form your LLC ($39 + state fee), they’ll include their Registered Agent service free for the 1st year.
Who Can Be Your Registered Agent in Kansas?
When forming an LLC in Kansas, you have 4 options:
Option 1: You can be your LLC’s Registered Agent.
Option 2: Your LLC can be its own Registered Agent.
Option 3: A friend or family member can be your LLC’s Registered Agent.
Option 4: You can hire a Commercial Registered Agent.
Important: If your LLC’s Registered Agent is going to be an individual (you, a friend, or a family member), that individual needs to be a resident of Kansas.
How Do I Know Which One to Choose?
If you have a street address located in Kansas (such as a home or office), and are available during business hours, you can list yourself (or your own LLC) as the Registered Agent.
Listing your LLC as the Registered Agent offers a small degree of privacy as compared to listing yourself.
If you don’t have a street address in Kansas, you can use a friend or family member’s address. They need to have a street address in Kansas and be available during business hours.
If you don’t have a street address in Kansas, 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 (keeps your address off of public records) and is 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 of public records:
Many filers in Kansas 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.
Special discounted pricing for LLC University® readers
Northwest usually charges $100 + state fees to form an LLC. However, we’ve negotiated a discounted rate (60% off) for LLC University® readers.
Are there risks to being your own Registered Agent in Kansas?
In short, there are risks. They are not likely to occur, but if they do, you could lose your liability protection.
For example, if Kansas 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), a court case can proceed in your absence and you might not even know about it. Worse, the court could enter a default judgment against your LLC 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 Kansas
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 Kansas LLC in compliance by sending you reminders of annual reporting requirements.
Once you determine who will serve as your Kansas LLC’s Registered Agent, you can then proceed to the next Lesson: Kansas LLC Articles of Organization.
If you need to hire a Commercial Registered Agent, please do so before going to the next step.
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Kansas LLC Act: 17-7925 Resident agent
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7924 Registered office
Kansas Secretary of State: Service of process
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7929 Resignation of resident agent
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7928 Resignation of resident agent
Kansas Revisor of Statutes: 60-306 Process service agent
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7926 Change of registered office or resident agent
Kansas Revisor of Statutes: 60-304 Service of process, on whom made
Kansas LLC Act: 17-76,129 Service of process and venue for foreign LLC
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7667 Service of process or service of any notice or demand