What is a Registered Agent called in each state? | LLC University®

Last updated October 12, 2020

What is a Registered Agent called in each state?

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

A Registered Agent may also be referred to as a:

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

A Registered Agent is a person or company who agrees to receive legal mail (called “service of process”) on behalf of a legal entity (such as an LLC or Corporation) in case that entity is sued.

Service of process can include complaints, summons, and subpoenas.

Oftentimes, the Secretary of State will also use a Registered Agent’s address as an entity’s point of contact for official notices sent to the business. More often that not though, most regular mail (items that are not service of process) will be sent to the entity’s principal office address or mailing address.

What is a Registered Agent called in all 50 states:

State Term Notes
Alabama Registered Agent
Alaska Registered Agent
Arizona Statutory Agent
Arkansas Registered Agent
California Agent for Service of Process
Colorado Registered Agent
Connecticut Registered Agent Used to be called "Statutory Agent", but CT changed the name in 2017.
Delaware Registered Agent
District of Columbia Registered Agent "Resident Agent" is used by Sole Proprietorships, General Partnerships, and Family Trusts.
Florida Registered Agent
Georgia Registered Agent
Hawaii Registered Agent
Idaho Registered Agent
Illinois Registered Agent
Indiana Registered Agent
Iowa Registered Agent
Kansas Resident Agent
Kentucky Registered Agent
Louisiana Registered Agent
Maine Registered Agent
Maryland Resident Agent
Massachusetts Resident Agent
Michigan Resident Agent
Minnesota Registered Agent
Mississippi Registered Agent
Missouri Registered Agent
Montana Registered Agent
Nebraska Registered Agent
Nevada Registered Agent
New Hampshire Registered Agent
New Jersey Registered Agent
New Mexico Registered Agent
New York Agent for Service of Process The Secretary of State is the Agent for Service of Process for all LLCs.
North Carolina Registered Agent
North Dakota Registered Agent
Ohio Statutory Agent
Oklahoma Registered Agent
Oregon Registered Agent
Pennsylvania Registered Office
Rhode Island Resident Agent
Puerto Rico Registered Agent
South Carolina Registered Agent
South Dakota Registered Agent
Tennessee Registered Agent
Texas Registered Agent
Utah Registered Agent
Vermont Registered Agent
Virginia Registered Agent
Washington Registered Agent
West Virginia Agent for Service of Process Unlike all other states, a Registered Agent isn't required in West Virginia.
Wisconsin Registered Agent
Wyoming Registered Agent
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