Registered Agent Defined - Almost all states require corporations and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) to appoint a registered agent in the state where the company is formed. The registered agent is responsible for receiving legal and tax documents including: notice of litigation, franchise tax forms and all annual report forms.
The agent may be an individual or it can be a company approved by the state to act as agent, located at a street address (not a PO Box) in the state where the company is formed. The registered agent's name and address are included on the formation documents. This information has to be a matter of public record.
Any entity conducting business within virtually every state must register to do business in that state, designate and maintain a registered agent, and in some cases a registered addressed office.
The failure, to register and designate a registered agent, may foreclose or hinder the company's ability to legally enter into contracts and gain access to the state courts. It may also subject the company to monetary, civil, and possibly criminal sanctions. Also, failure to maintain a registered agent may cause your company to fall out of good standing within that state.