My Thoughts on Northwest Registered Agent [Legit?] - LLC University

Last updated November 3, 2020

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My thoughts on
Northwest Registered Agent

Matt Horwitz LLC University Founder

Hi, my name is Matt Horwitz and I’m the founder of LLC University®. For the past 10 years, my team and I have been creating free courses on LLC formation in every state.

Throughout this time, I’ve gotten to know the LLC formation and Registered Agent industry very well.

I hope you find my Northwest Registered Agent LLC review helpful.

Northwest Registered Agent services

Northwest Registered Agent offers two primary services:

Registered Agent service

Their Registered Agent service ($125 per year) is for Registered Agent service only. It doesn’t include LLC formation.

Who should choose this service?

This service is best if you want to form your LLC yourself, but need to hire a Registered Agent, or prefer to use one to keep your address off public records. You can follow our LLC filing instructions if you want to form your LLC yourself.

LLC formation service

Their LLC formation service ($39 + state fee) includes forming your LLC as well as 1 year of free Registered Agent service. After that, it’s $125 per year.

Who should choose this service?

This service is best if you want to hire a company to form your LLC and take care of everything.

Northwest will form your LLC, be your Registered Agent, and use their address throughout the LLC filing (keeping yours off public records).

What about other Registered Agent companies?

While there are other options on the market, I haven’t found any that:

  • have been in business as long as Northwest (20+ years)
  • have great customer support (call and ask any question; you’ll be impressed!)
  • have the best pricing
  • keep your address off public records (and off google searches)

Unfortunately, most companies we’ve found:

  • have hidden fees
  • have multiple upsells
  • charge extra to scan your mail (free at Northwest)
  • and have really bad customer service

Here are my top 5 reasons you should hire Northwest Registered Agent

Whether you want to hire Northwest to be your Registered Agent or you want them to form your LLC and be your Registered Agent, I’ve summarized what I think their best features are:

1) No Hidden Fees. No Upsells. No Confusing Packages.

With Northwest Registered Agent, what you see is what you get.

Their tagline is “we’re just not annoying”. What they mean by that is they offer a great service at a great price. They don’t have confusing LLC packages, they don’t upsell you, and there are no hidden fees.

They offer premium LLC and Registered Agent services at the best price.

Unfortunately, most other companies take advantage of you. They make their packages confusing and trick you into paying more (often for things you don’t even need).

2) They Don’t Sell Your Information to 3rd Parties

Unlike other companies that sell your personal information in order to make more money, Northwest does the opposite.

Northwest Registered Agent protects their customers at all costs. The data that you provide them, stays with them. They don’t sell it to other companies and disguise it as an “Accounting Consultation” (which is really your information being sold to a company with aggressive sales tactics).

This is one of the biggest reasons I personally use Northwest for my own LLCs.

I trust that my information is safe and I’m not going to get unwanted spam or marketing solicitations.

3) You can use their address for privacy (keeping yours off public records)

The address you put on your LLC filing (that’ll be your Articles of Organization, Certificate of Organization, or Certificate of Formation) gets listed on public records with the Secretary of State.

From there, it may begin appearing on google searches (since the state databases are publicly available).

This used to drive me crazy. I’d get so much junk mail and I didn’t like it when my information was so readily available via a quick search.

So instead of using your home address (which is what most filers do), if you hire Northwest Registered Agent, you can use their address throughout your LLC filing and keep yours off public records.

This also will eliminate junk mail, which I think is a great bonus!

Note: You can use their address in your LLC filing regardless if you hire them as just your Registered Agent or you hire them to form your LLC and be your Registered Agent. You get this feature with both services.

4) Free Registered Agent Service for 365 Days

If you don’t have the time or patience to DIY and form your LLC yourself, if you hire Northwest ($39 + state fee) to form your LLC, they include their Registered Agent service free for the 1st year.

That’s a $125 discount.

After that, service in year 2 (and onwards) is $125 per year.

I also like that they don’t have a contract and you can cancel any time.

5) They know what they’re talking about

If you call most other companies in this industry, you’re likely going to speak to some sales rep who barely understands what a Registered Agent is or how to form an LLC.

On the other hand, I really like that Northwest doesn’t have any sales reps. Pretty much everyone in their company does customer support. There’s no dedicated “sales team”. So when you call, you speak with a friendly person who knows what they’re talking about. I find this super helpful.

Go ahead and give them a call: 509-435-9053. Their hours are Monday to Friday, from 6am to 5pm Pacific/9am to 8pm Eastern.

Ask any question you want. I think you’ll be impressed when the phone is answered right away (no phone prompts or extensions), the person you speak with is very friendly, and most importantly, they are experts at what they do. They know the ins and outs of LLC formation in every single state.

This is why I think Northwest Registered Agent is the best company in the space.

Free with all their services

In both their Registered Agent service ($125 per year) and their LLC formation service ($39 + state fee), you’ll get the following two features at no additional charge.

Annual report reminders

If your LLC has an annual filing, they’ll send you an email reminder before it’s due. This will avoid the state shutting down your LLC for failure to file.

While I’m a pretty organized person (I have calendar reminders for nearly everything), I like this free added service. It just gives me more confidence that my LLC annual report will be filed on time.

Note: This free service is just a reminder. If you want them to also take care the LLC annual report filing, they can do that too for an extra fee.

Free online account & mail scanning

If you were thinking earlier, “If I use their address on my LLC filing, how do I get mail sent to the LLC?“, that’s a good question.

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

Whenever a document is uploaded to your account, you’ll receive an email notification.

Note: While Northwest will let you use their address on your LLC filing, they don’t want to be receiving all your mail. For things like IRS documents, business bank account, and your business debit card, you can just use your home address (or office address if you have one). Luckily, all IRS, tax, and banking records are private and are not on public records.

Why I recommend Northwest Registered Agent

In summary, Northwest Registered Agent is my personal recommendation (and the service I use myself).

I like the fact that they’ve been in business for more than 20 years, have awesome customer support, and I really like that they let you use their address in your LLC filing in order to keep your address off public records.

Keep your address off public records with Northwest

Many filers start businesses from their home. For this reason, it’s important to know that the addresses on your LLC’s filing get listed on public records 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 Northwest and use their address instead. They offer this at no additional cost.

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.

Special offer: If you hire Northwest to form your LLC ($39 + state fees), they’ll include their registered agent service free for the 1st year, in addition to letting you use their address for privacy.

How does Northwest Registered Agent compare to LegalZoom?

Hands down, I give my vote to Northwest.

While LegalZoom is the most heard of brand name, that doesn’t mean they offer the best service.

Here’s a summary of my thoughts on Northwest Registered Agent vs. LegalZoom:

  • LegalZoom’s LLC formation starts at $149; Northwest starts at $39 ($110 cheaper with Northwest)
  • LegalZoom charges $249 per year for Registered Agent service; Northwest includes that free for the 1st year (then it’s $125 per year)
  • reviews mention how hard it is to cancel unwanted services with LegalZoom (some say their sales team uses aggressive tactics)
  • last I checked, LegalZoom pitches you 7 upsells
  • those upsells totaled $1,688 (yes, you read that correctly)
  • LegalZoom’s base package takes 30 business days for LLC approval; Northwest takes 2-5 business days (in the majority of states)
  • support at Northwest is quicker to respond and they’re much more knowledgeable

Conclusion: I recommend Northwest over LegalZoom.

How does Northwest Registered Agent compare to IncFile?

This isn’t the same landslide victory like Northwest vs LegalZoom; IncFile puts up a good match when compared with Northwest. However, I recommend using Northwest instead of IncFile.

Here’s a summary of my thoughts on Northwest Registered Agent vs. IncFile:

  • IncFile’s LLC formation starts at $49; Northwest starts at $39 ($10 cheaper with Northwest)
  • last I checked, IncFile pitches you 9 upsells
  • IncFile charges $29 per month to use their address; this is included free with Northwest
  • reviews on IncFile repeatedly mention that support is really hard to get a hold of
  • when I contacted both companies, the support at Northwest was much more knowledgeable and they were much easier to get a hold of for questions

Conclusion: While IncFile is certainly better than LegalZoom, I don’t think they compete with Northwest. I recommend using Northwest over IncFile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is a Registered Agent?

Answer: If you’ve read this far and you’re thinking, “What the heck is a Registered Agent?!“, apologies for leaving you hanging.

Let me explain:

A Registered Agent is a person or company who agrees to receive legal mail (called “service of process”) on behalf of your LLC in case your business is sued.

Often times, the Secretary of State will also use your Registered Agent’s address as your LLC’s point of contact for official notices sent to your business.

In nearly all states (except Ohio) your LLC’s Registered Agent must have a physical street address (no PO boxes allowed) in the state where you’re forming your LLC. The Registered Agent should also generally be available during normal business hours (9am – 5pm) in case “service of process” arrives.

Service of Process includes the delivery of legal documents such as a complaint, summons, or subpoena.

Your LLC’s Registered Agent is a key component to how the court and legal systems work. By requiring all LLCs to have — and continuously maintain — a Registered Agent, the delivery of legal mail and court documents can be tracked and accounted for within the state. This is similar to how ‘certified mail return receipt’ works, but in the legal world, this is how process servers — (people delivering legal documents) — create a record that something was delivered.

Question: What’s the difference between a Registered Agent, a Resident Agent, and a Statutory Agent?

Answer: All those terms mean the same thing. It just depends on the state.

The term Registered Agent is most commonly used in 39 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The other terms used are as follows:

  • Registered Office
  • Resident Agent
  • Statutory Agent
  • Agent for Service of Process

To see which terms are used in which state, please see here: what is a Registered Agent called in each state?

Depending on your state, you may see Northwest Registered Agent refer to themselves as a:

  • Commercial Registered Agent
  • Commercial Resident Agent
  • Commercial Statutory Agent
  • Commercial Agent for Service of Process
  • Commercial Registered Office Provider (CROP)

Again, they all mean the same thing: a company that agrees to receive Service of Process on behalf of your LLC.

Question: In what state should I form my LLC?

Answer: You’ll want to form your LLC in the state where you’re legally “transacting business”. For most filers, that’ll be your home state.

Even if you have an online business, because you are operating that business from your home, you are still transacting business in that state.

What about Delaware, Nevada, and Wyoming? Should you form your LLC there?

Check out the pros and cons here: best state to form an LLC

Northwest Registered Agent Reviews

Although you can read the Northwest Registered Agent reviews online, I’ve extracted a few of my favorite here:


“These guys are real. They do LLCs. They do just as good a job as LegalZoom. They do it for much cheaper. And they do it with 1 or 2 day turnaround, for FREE, whereas Legal Zoom charges HUNDREDS of dollars for that. They also have great people available on the phone. I paid. I received service. It was not a scam. Legit business. I’m very, very happy I found these guys. LegalZoom would’ve taken a month and cost much more.”

– Carlos Augusto, California
(source: Google reviews)


“As to what I hear from most reviews, Northwest Registered Agent is one of the more seamless companies to work with in regards to company formation and registered agents. Paul (the rep who helped me) is a beast. I rapid fired so many questions at him, all of which were answered patiently with specificity and experience. Within 30 minutes, I went from being someone who knew little to nothing about company formation, to being someone who was able to move things forward with certainty.”

– Dylan P., New York
(source: Yelp reviews)


“Down-to-earth pricing with no hidden gotchas, fast turnaround, responsive customer service and all round pleasurable company/service to deal with.”

– Ozan B.
(source: Better Business Bureau reviews)

Northwest Registered Agent Complaints

Northwest Registered Agent is the 3rd largest Registered Agent provider in the U.S.

With any company of that scale, it’s nearly impossible to make everyone happy.

However, one that stands out to me is that even though there are a few negative reviews, Northwest Registered Agent takes the time to apologize and then do whatever they can to fix the situation.

Additionally, Northwest has a 100% Error-Free Guarantee. This is what’s on their website:

We form hundreds of LLCs every day, and each filing is backed by our 100% error-free guarantee. Although extremely rare, in the 20 years we’ve been in business, we’ve learned that mistakes do happen. Should an error occur, we’ll file every amendment required to make sure your company information is accurate (at no cost to you).

I think that speaks for itself.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I hope you found it helpful!

References

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Contact Information:
Phone: 509-435-9053
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6am to 5pm Pacific/9am to 8pm Eastern
Address: 906 West 2nd Avenue, Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201
Website: www.northwestregisteredagent.com
Founded: 1998

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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102 comments on “Northwest Registered Agent”

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  1. > Hire Northwest ($39 + state fee) to form your LLC, they include their Registered
    > Agent service free for the 1st year. That’s a $125 discount.

    The truth is:
    NW> $39 plus *DOUBLE* the state $50 fee. Total $139.00

    DIY> Just the $50 fee. Period.

    How is $139 a “$125 discount” compared to $50?

    Very deceptive. NW forces you to pay for the state’s 1-day-service… even if
    you don’t want it… or need it. (Most people don’t need to abruptly form a company
    by tomorrow morning.) NW will never tell you any of that. Why not?

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    • Hi Susan, we’ll look into this. What state are you referring to? Thank you.

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      • Hello,

        The state of Illinois appears as $256 (filing fee plus state fee) plus $39. I was under the impression it would be $39 plus the $150(Illinois registration fee).
        Thanks

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        • Hi Kia, when you click over to Northwest, make sure to checkout the “Order” tab. You can select either regular filing or expedited filing. And that’ll adjust the price. Hope that helps.

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          • I think she glossed passed this option. On the first tab “order”, there is an option to select 10 day or 1 day filing time. You have to click on the person to change the service.

            Filing online has the expedited option if you were to do in on your own for $250, but you can still file slowly online for $150 (same fee also by mail). It seems NW adds a few bucks onto the filing fees. Perhaps this is to cover CC transactions.

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            • Alex, you’re right! I just updated my reply to Kia. We’ll get in touch with Northwest and make sure that people see the “Order” tab first (otherwise, that’s definitely confusing!). Yup, those extra few dollars are sometimes what the state’s charge for credit card fees or “online convenience fees”. Thanks for the helpful comment!

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            • Hey Alex, just an update… the Northwest links now go to the “order” tab first. Thanks again for your attention to detail!

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              • Why do you have to have a registered agent? Is this required? What’s the benefit to this? Can’t you just receive your own mail?

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                • Hi Laura, great question. When forming an LLC, all states (except West Virginia) require that your LLC list a Registered Agent with your filing. A Registered Agent is a person (or a company) that agrees to except legal mail (called “service of process”) in case your LLC is involved in a legal matter. The requirements vary a little bit between the states. Typically, people either act as their own Registered Agent (if they meet the state requirements) or hire a company. It’s not required to hire a company though, however, there are some pros and cons to each setup. We go over those on this page: Choosing your LLC’s Registered Agent. Hope that helps!

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            • I just tried it yesterday and when I tried to do NY it also did the expedited thing automatically for me and I don’t need all that. I was unable to change it today but if it does that to everyone it’s kind of sneaky to get people to pay expedited rates.

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              • Hi Deacon, thanks for your comment. Due to recent changes in the New York LLC filing process, Northwest files them all the same (5 day filing time… which is faster then it was in the past). Did you see something different?

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    • when i went through sign up i was given all kinds of upsells, some suggestions and some mandatory.. EIN, after alluding that it was included, $50, min 5 day return $100, I quit at that point

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      • Hi Carolann, I’m really sorry that you had a bad experience. We actually worked with Northwest over the past few months to simplify their signup process. Rather than having packages, they changed things to a flat-rate filing and then you can select items you’d like as optional items. We made sure they weren’t presented as upsells. At least that was our goal. However, I can see how the language on their page could have been misleading about the EIN. The reason they left it out (and made it optional for an extra fee) is that some people obtain the EIN on their own after their LLC is approved. Thank you for your feedback. We’ll make sure to work with Northwest and remove any confusion around the EIN. The 5-day approval time in Oregon is not $100 extra. The $100 is actually the state filing fee. If you click the “?” to the right of “5 Day Approval Time” you’ll see the explanation that you aren’t paying anything extra and that is the standard approval time. We also discussed this with them (making it easier to understand). They have it on their to-do list and the approval time section will be redesigned to add more clarity. So again, thank you for your feedback and I’m really sorry you had a crappy (potential) check out experience :(

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  2. Does a Registered Agent also keep your NAME off the state’s documents?
    If not, anyone can just find your name… and then find your home address anyway.

    Why does all the info only say “we keep your *ADDRESS* private”… but never anything
    else?

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    • Hi Robert, it depends on the state. Where are you forming an LLC? Some states require members or managers to be listed. Having said that, you can research forming another LLC first (where names aren’t required to be listed) and that LLC can be the owner of the LLC in your state.

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  3. I wanted to open an LLC, my business is out of state staffing. I am the person only to provide the staffing. Would my LLC need to be in my home state?

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    • Hi Manual, this comes down to where you’re legally transacting business. If you’re transacting business in the state where you reside, then your LLC is supposed to either be formed there, or formed in another state and registered to do business in your state as a foreign LLC. Hope that helps.

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  4. Hey Matt,

    I have an LLC that is going to act as a holding company in Wyoming. I am trying to set up another LLC in Virginia which will be owned by the holding company LLC . Will I need to get a TAX ID for the Virginia LLC as well ?

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    • Hi Michael, since the Virginia LLC is a separate entity, it should have its own Federal Tax ID Number. Hope that helps.

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      • Hey Matt,

        I’m trying to start an LLC in NY does NW include the Newspaper Publication Requirement in their service?

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        • Hey Stephan, Northwest doesn’t include the newspaper publication requirement at this time. If you hired Northwest, you would take care of those steps. We have those instructions for New York filers here: New York LLC publication requirements. Hope that helps.

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  5. I want to form an LLC here in Washington State. I will also be doing business in Hawaii, do I need to register my LLC there in Hawaii?

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    • Hi Nghia, where an LLC needs to be formed (and possibly registered as a foreign LLC) comes down to where it is legally transacting business. If your LLC will be doing business in Washington and Hawaii, then you’d form an LLC in Washington first, wait for it to be approved, and then you’d register the Washington LLC as a foreign LLC in Hawaii. Northwest can assist in the foreign LLC registration after your Washington LLC is approved. Hope that helps!

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  6. hi Matt,

    Thank you for sharing.

    I am forming my LLC in California. According to your information, when file Articles of Organization, the business address on the form has to be in California. You also say that we can use Northwest’s address if we hire them as registered agent. But their address is in Washington. How can we use their Washington address while the filing is in California?

    Thank you.

    best -Capt.

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    • Hey Captain, great question. Northwest has their headquarters in Washington state, however, they also have offices in all 50 states (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico). So if you decide to hire Northwest as your LLC’s Registered Agent (or hire them to form your LLC + be the Registered Agent), it will be their California office address (not the Washington address) that would be used through the California LLC filing. Hope that helps!

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      • Just spoke with someone at NW and I asked similar question and they don’t have a Californa mailing address. So best option is to set up a virtual office first I think.

        Can you confirm? And advise

        Thank you
        Minh

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        • Hi Minh, you are allowed to use Northwest’s California address for both the Registered Agent address (in the California LLC Articles of Organization) as well as the Business Address. The exception to this would be if that you expect a lot of mail and packages, then you could use a virtual office address for the Business Address. Hope that helps.

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  7. I am trying to file in Md. I saw an earlier post that said you could change the filing time on the order tab but I dont see that option available for md. It only gives a 7day filing time option

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    • Hi T, you likely read our Maryland LLC page. I think the information you’re referring to is about when you file yourself (not hire a company). If you file yourself, you can choose the slower option, which takes 6-8 weeks for approval or the quicker option is 7-10 days. If you hire Northwest, they don’t offer the slower filing option in Maryland. Hope that helps.

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  8. How do Texas Vets apply in the northwest registered agents site so that we are not charged the state fee?

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    • Hi Rob, unfortunately, Northwest Registered Agent doesn’t offer a filing service for Veteran-owned Texas LLCs at this time. We have instructions on this page if you’d like to file yourself: Texas Veteran LLC. Hope that helps.

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  9. We have started an LLC (construction and remodeling) in Oregon. We are now being asked to work for clients in Washington. Are we to file our Oregon LLC as a foreign LLC in Washington or just an LLC?

    Thanks~

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    • Hi Tricia, we have more information about foreign LLCs here: what is a foreign LLC. If you would like your existing Oregon LLC to have authority to do business in Washington State, that filing is called a “Foreign Entity Registration”. If you need help, Northwest Registered Agent offers that filing service here: register your LLC in another state. You can also file this yourself if you prefer. We don’t have instructions on website, but you can find them on the Washington Secretary of State website. Alternatively, you could also form a new Washington LLC if you prefer. The difference between registering your existing LLC as a foreign LLC versus forming a new LLC in Washington is that a new LLC is a new entity, while a foreign LLC qualification is still just one entity… it would be an Oregon LLC that is also allowed to transact business in Washington. Hope that helps!

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      • Thank you! I’ll be contacting them today to set up the foreign entity. Is the price the same? $239? With the one year registered agent for free?

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        • You’re welcome Tricia. I’m not sure if they have the same pricing set up for foreign LLC registration. You can always call or email them and ask though. Hope that helps.

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  10. I’m not showing a 60% discount. premium with one-day service = Order Totals $455.00. Premium with 10day service $353.00. Is that supposed to be 60% off?

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    • Hi Mike, the 60% off comes from the fact that Northwest’s typical fee to form an LLC is $100 + state fee, however, the pricing they are offering is $39 + state fee, which is a 61% discount. If you want to choose a faster filing option for the state where you’re forming an LLC, that will cost a bit more. Hope that helps.

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  11. How do I switch from Legal Zoon as my registered agent to Northwest or another firm?

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    • Hi Matt, just reach out to Northwest Registered Agent by phone or email and let them know. I believe they’ll include a change of Registered Agent filing with the state at no extra charge. It won’t happen automatically, so just make sure you get in touch with them. Then they’ll file the change of Registered Agent with the appropriate Secretary of State’s office to update your LLC’s records. Hope that helps!

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  12. Hi Matt,

    I am currently residing in the UK (also I am not a US citizen) and I intend to sell goods on Amazon US. As Amazon would deliver the goods throughout the US, can I pick and choose the state a like most?

    Also, do you know if it is possible to obtain an EIN for a company that would be based in the UK?

    Thank you very much for your time and efforts.

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  13. How do we get the LLC University discount.?
    Do we have to click through your Special Offer link?

    mahalo,
    Mike

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    • Hey Mike, you’ll get the special discounted pricing by clicking any link on this page. Hope that helps.

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  14. Kind of an unique situation here. I’m an US citizen whom previously lived in NYC before moving to Brazil. I’ve been living abroad for 5 years now but I’m planing on moving back to the US but not to NYC. I still have my driver’s license (DL) from NY and it has not expired.

    I’m planning on moving to Las Vegas and driving Lyft or Uber for a cash flow then moving into some investments.

    So my questions are:
    – Can I incorporate in Nevada while living in Brazil or do I have to be physically there?
    – Can I incorporate before changing my DL to Nevada?
    – Can I incorporate and have business partners who are not US citizens and do not have a SSN? We would be driving Lyft or Uber on separate days.

    Thank you for taking the time to clear things up.
    Felipe

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    • Hey Felipe, yes, you can form an LLC in Nevada without physically being there. And yes, you can form your LLC in Nevada without changing your driver’s license. And yes, you can have business partners who are not US citizens. Here are the Nevada LLC filing instructions. After your LLC is approved, you’ll want to get an EIN Number for your LLC from the IRS. Just one person needs to be the EIN Responsible Party. If that’s you, you’ll be able to get the EIN online within about 10-15 minutes. If it’s another parter, here are the instructions: how to get an EIN for LLC without SSN. Hope that helps.

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  15. Hi Matt, NW’s office is in Spokane WA, what if my LLC operates in Seattle but uses their address? Any inconvenience when applying for some local business licenses?

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    • Hi Joey, the licensing requirements will likely be based off your LLC’s “address of the principal office” (or where your LLC is actually located), not the Registered Agent address, however, you’ll need to confirm this with the City of Seattle. So you could use Northwest as your Registered Agent, but use your Seattle address for the Principal Office address. Then again, if you’re looking for privacy, you might still be able to use Northwest’s address as both the Registered Agent and the Principal Office address, however, we cannot confirm this as it gets into local-level jurisdiction and we don’t have all the details there. So we’re not even sure if the later is possible. Again, best to jump on the phone and make some calls. Hope that helps a bit.

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  16. i am wanting to form a llc for my compny in tennessee and i was looking at your website it says the state filing fee is 309.00 why is that because i look on the tennessee state goverment website it says $300.00 dollars filing fee so why are you guys charging a extra $9.00 for can you explain that to me please

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    • Hi William, that extra amount is actually how much the state charges for their “credit card convenience fee”. You would see that amount at the end if you were to go all the way through the state’s online filing process. Hope that helps.

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  17. Hi Matt, I am wondering if there is a way to speak to customer service at NW because I dialed both numbers they have on their website and its always the voicemail… I would have assumed a big company like NW has customer service agents at all time and would hope that if I hire them they can answer my inquiries very rapidly. Let me know if you have any info on that. thank you

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    • Hi Emilie, they are actually very easy to get a hold off :) There is a slight chance you called outside their business hours, since some people don’t realize their phone lines run on Pacific Time. Please try again, and if you have any issues, let us know and we’ll take care of it. Thanks!

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  18. Hi Matt, I want to form an LLC in Georgia. Is the Article of Organization fee included in the state filing fees?

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    • Hi Kellie, great question! The answer is yes. In fact, the “state fee” is the Articles of Organization fee. Hope that helps!

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  19. Hi Matt,
    Thank you so much for setting up this very informative site and providing clear instructions on setting up an LLC. I went through your link for Northwest and was able to quickly complete the process at the great price of $39 + state filing fees. It was a very simple process with added privacy protection by using them as the Registered Agent.

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    • Hi Ilir, you’re very welcome! Thanks for your awesome comment and we’re happy to hear things went smoothly… and that you got the added privacy benefit, too!

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  20. Hello Matt,

    I live in Texas and doing business online providing Forex related services. I have 2 other partners who reside in different parts of the world other than the U.S. Is creating an LLC possible with two partners from a different country? Thanks for any assistance you might have.

    -Noel

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    • Hi Noel, there are no citizenship or residency requirements to being an LLC Member (owner), so yes, you can have two partners from different countries. When entering their information in the Texas Certificate of Formation (Governing Authority section), you can use non-US mailing addresses, too. Hope that helps!

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  21. Matt I have formed a LLC in Georgia and I did it thru Legal Zoom, and this year they charged me 499.00 for the Agent If I want to change to Northwest what do I have to do and also Can I change? my next question is this I need to form a subsidiary of the original company how hard is that to do and can I do that thru Northwest if I did the parent company thru Legal Zoom?

    Joseph

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    • Hi Joseph, yikes, that’s expensive. You’ll first want to reach out to LZ and cancel their services. Then, you can hire Northwest to be your parent LLC’s Registered Agent. You’ll want to reach out to NW by phone or email and let them know you’re changing Registered Agent services over to them. After that, they can form a new LLC for you. You’ll just list the parent LLC as the Member of the new LLC. In Georgia, Members aren’t listed in the Articles of Organization (or Transmittal Form), so you’ll just list the parent LLC as the Member in the new LLC’s Operating Agreement. Hope that helps.

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  22. Hi Matt,
    Thanks for all that you share for free! Its made a huge difference.
    I have used NW Registered Agent for years and they are wonderful
    I had a question, does an LLC have to continue with a registered agent every year? not sure if that’s mandatory to stay with a registered agent once LLC is all set. I am based in NYC. I have done all the steps and now have all the state and IRS paperwork to my home address. I would love to save the $125 a year.

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    • Hi Donna, you’re very welcome! In nearly all states, maintaining a Registered Agent is a state requirement. Having said that, a Registered Agent doesn’t mean the same thing as a Commercial Registered Agent (a professional company). Meaning, your LLC’s Registered Agent can be you, a friend, or a family member, for example.

      In most states, a Registered Agent (when an individual) needs to be over the age of 18, a resident of the state where the LLC is formed, and have a physical street address in the same state (in case Service of Process needs to be delivered).

      West Virginia is an exception as Registered Agents aren’t required and New York is the other exception.

      In New York, the Secretary of State’s office actually serves as the “Agent for Service of Process” for all LLCs in the state. They use this term to differentiate from using a Commercial Registered Agent (aka Registered Agent)… which they allow in addition to the Secretary of State being the Agent for Service of Process. I know, it’s pretty confusing at first read.

      Many New York LLC filers will use the address of a Commercial Registered Agent to save on the NY LLC publication requirement fees, however, it sounds like you’ve already completed that step. So if you want, you can actually just revoke your LLC’s Registered Agent by filing a NY LLC Certificate of Change with the state. You’ll also want to login to your Northwest dashboard and cancel your services there too. That should help save you some money :) Hope that helps!

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  23. Hi Matt,
    I have my own physical address in NY Kings County however I am not sure about LLC Publication expenses in my own county. Let suppose if I took NW Deluxe Plan @ $339 for LLC formation, then

    1. Do I need to pay additional charges for LLC publication based on the Albany
    address of NW ? If yes, then how much approximately?
    2. Once I am done with the LLC Publication based on NW Albany address I will
    switch the LLC address to my own NY Kings County physical address, then should
    I still need to pay NW annual fee as after switching to my own address I am no
    more in need of NW address as I’ll receive all the LLC mails on my own physical
    address after switching.

    Kindly brief on it. Thanks

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    • Hi Lisa, if you’d like to publish in Albany county (and you hire Northwest as your LLC’s Registered Agent… or hire them to form your LLC and be your LLC’s Registered Agent), you can use their address in order to publish in Albany county. Yes, you will need to pay for the publication costs. Full details are here: NY LLC publication requirement. However, in Albany, the two newspapers will costs about $70 (plus or minus) in total. Unless you’d like address privacy for your LLC, you do not have to renew with Northwest. If you decide to change your address back after the publication requirement has been met, you can cancel their Registered Agent service from inside your Northwest dashboard. Hope that helps.

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  24. How is it that MS charges $250 filing fee to form a LLC and your agency will charge $99 for filing fees and registered agent services total cost? How is that possible?

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  25. Hi Matt,

    I live in California and I want to create an LLC for a house I rent in Georgia. Can I form my LLC in Georgia? Thank you in advance for your answer.

    Andrea

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  26. Hi if we use NW for the basic filing would I still need to file Article of organization and pay additional fee on top of the LLC filing fee?

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    • Hi Sophia, great question. The “LLC filing fee” is the Articles of Organization fee (aka state filing fee). They are the same thing. Hope that helps!

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  27. Hey Matt, I want to use Northwest to form my LLC and be my registered agent. I have an EIN and my sales tax license. I opened my business account before i had my EIN or LLC. What should mt next step be?

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    • Hi Marvin, it sounds like that business bank account was opened in your name. Therefore, it’s a Sole Proprietorship bank account. Same thing goes for the sales tax license. It’s attached to you. After your LLC is approved, you’ll want to open an LLC bank account. And you’ll need to check on this part (since we don’t deal with sales tax licenses), but you may be able to transfer the license from yourself to your LLC. You’ll need to get in touch with the governing body to see if that’s possible. If not, you’ll likely want a new sales tax license for your LLC. Hope that helps!

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      • Hey Matt, i was wondering if i got my EIN before i got my LLC, will Northwest attach my LLC to my current EIN or will I need to get a new EIN?

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        • Hi Marvin, if the EIN is for yourself personally, as a Sole Proprietorship, then you’ll need to get a new EIN for your new LLC after it is approved. You can’t “re-attach” an EIN to a different person/company. Hope that helps.

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  28. Took your advice. Had a question on how to handle my middle initial and the Jr. at the end of my name. No hold time. Quick, easy answer. Professional service. Happy so far.

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  29. In NY will Northwest handle the publication in local newspapers or will that still fall on me to do?

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    • Hi Ben, no, Northwest doesn’t handle the publication requirement for you. They do allow you to use their Albany address and publish your newspaper ads in Albany county though. We have more information on the NY LLC publication requirement here: New York LLC publication requirement.

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  30. I live in Texas, I am wanting to form a LLC. I delivery workshops, conferences, spiritual therapy face to face and online in TX and other states.
    Is a LLC my best way?
    Additionally I am wondering if you have customer service and agents in Spanish?
    Thank you.

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    • Hi Stella, we’re unable to say “you should form an LLC”, however, for those who don’t want to operate as a Sole Proprietorship, the LLC is the most common entity choice among business owners. We’ve compared the two on this page: Sole Proprietorship vs LLC. Our company is LLC University. We provide free instructions and guides on how to form LLCs. We are not Northwest Registered Agent, but we do recommend Northwest Registered Agent if you want someone to form your LLC for you. Northwest does have people who speak Spanish. Hope that helps!

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  31. Hi Matt, I just have to say, you’re awesome. All your replies are kind and professional, thank you. My question is I’m tossed between filing an llc in California or Missouri. I have a business partnership split down the middle with my son. I live in California and he lives in Missouri. I would really like to avoid paying that $800 annual California tax and all there extra stuff if possible. We will be working on, manufacturing and shipping the same items. Thanks for any help.

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    • Hi Kevin, thank you so much. I really appreciate the kind words! :) California is a pain-in-the-butt state. Number 1, they have the most expensive annual fees. And Number 2, they are extremely strict on what it means to “transact business” in the state (as spelled out in two different bodies of law: the CA corporate code and the Revenue and Tax code). Meaning, if an LLC were to be formed in Missouri, but you as a Member carry out activities in California, your Missouri LLC is supposed to register as a foreign LLC. And then it’ll still have to pay the $800 franchise tax and file a Form 568. Additionally, the California Franchise Tax Board has the authority to administer penalties to LLCs that are illegally transacting business by not being registered. For more information, please see is my LLC doing business in California. While you may be able to get away with just forming an LLC in Missouri, there are risks. They could pop in a few months or a few years. The proper way to do it would be to form an LLC in Missouri and register it as a foreign LLC in California or form an LLC in California and register it as a foreign LLC in Missouri. Hope that helps.

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  32. The LLCU Site Overall Is Quite Informative, But As With Everything Else Online, No One Should Believe Everything They Read On Line.

    I’ve Tried 3 Times On 3 Different Days To Contact This Northwest Registered Agent Recommended And They Never Answer, I Just Get Their Voice Mail. Twice I’ve Left Messages And Days Later Still No Call Back. There’s No Way To Send An Email, So Basically There’s No Way To Get A Hold Of Them.

    I’m Looking Elsewhere. There Seems To Be A Lot Of Local Options In The State I’m Interested In That Offer The Same Services And The Same Of Better Deal.

    A Registered Agent Is Is A Simple Yet Important Service And If You Can’t Get A Hold Of Them Before You Hire Them, You Can’ Expect To Get A Hold Of Them After You Hire Them.

    Research Local Options.

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  33. Northwest NEVER Answers The Phone Or Returns Voicemails. If I Can’t Get A Hold Of Them Before I Hire Them I Can’t Expect To Get A Hold Of Them Afterwards.

    I’ll Look At Local Options.

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    • Hi Bob, thank you so much for your comment. We recently spoke with Northwest and they are aware of the problem and sincerely apologize! Northwest has grown a lot in the past few months and many of our readers sign up for their services. They have a somewhat outdated phone system that is in the process of getting replaced. Meaning, the reason you can’t get through is because all the customer support reps are on the phones. And because the phone system is outdated, there isn’t a way to put callers on hold in a queue (which is why calls go to voicemail; but if you leave a voicemail, they will call you back). You can also send them an email: [email protected] – Again, this is currently being worked on and a new phone system will be installed ASAP. We still stand behind everything we say about Northwest and we still recommend their services for all the reasons mentioned above. And in the meantime, is there a question we can help answer?

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  34. Hello Matt!!

    I’m in the process of getting everything in order for the start up for my business. I plan on using Northwest to do everything! What I do have as a question is do they file public records for you or is that paperwork that I have to take care of?

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    • Hey Danielle! I believe you’re referring to a New Jersey LLC. In that case, Northwest will file the “Public Records Filing for New Business Entity”. Once the New Jersey Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services approves the Public Records Filing, your NJ LLC goes into existence and the document then becomes a Certificate of Formation. So Northwest handles the “formation” part for New Jersey LLCs, but not the (tax) “registration” part. You’ll need to take care of that after the LLC is approved. We have instructions on that over here: New Jersey LLC Formation and Registration. Hope that helps!

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  35. Hi Matt,
    I just moved to Washington sate and will form an LLC.

    Ideally, I want to be my own registered agent. But my current address is temporary and I might move to a more permanent address in a few months.

    My questions are:

    1. Will I be able to change the registered agent address after forming the LLC?
    2. If I use Northwest as my registered agent, will the address be in Washington state as well?

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  36. Can I operate all my businesses under one LLC or form a separate LLC for each businesses, eg, real estate and e-commerce businesses?

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    • Hi Sam, you can operate one, or multiple business activities, under one LLC… or you can form multiple LLCs. A lot of people choose separate LLCs for separate business activities if they feel there is more liability risk. In the case of real estate, it’s worth considering forming separate LLCs so that your properties aren’t at risk for events that occur in your e-commerce business (and vice versa). We’re written about this in more detail here: Can you have two businesses under one LLC. Hope that helps!

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  37. Hi Matt, if I am domiciled in one state but I’m currently living outside the US, with the intent to return to the same state in a few years, and I want to form an LLC, would that state be considered my home state or would I have to form a foreign LLC there? Thanks!

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    • Hi Michelle, we recommend forming the LLC in the state in which you will be returning to. Hope that helps.

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  38. For an Event planner /independent online travel agent. I put “Other” as business type for my EIN, is that ok?

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    • Hi Val, if you’re referring to the IRS online EIN application, then yes. After the “Other” page, there will be a follow-up page where you can enter something along the lines of “Event and travel planning”, as an example. And don’t worry, you’re not going to be forced to do this forever. And you don’t have to update it if you change business activities. Hope that helps.

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