Are you unsatisfied with your Massachusetts registered agent? Or perhaps you’re currently serving as your own registered agent, but would rather hire a professional registered agent service instead?
The state of Massachusetts makes it rather easy to change your registered agent, but there are some details involved in the process that are worth reviewing.
In this guide, we’ll discuss all the relevant details of changing a registered agent in Massachusetts.
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What Is a Massachusetts Registered Agent?
Why is a registered agent required for every limited liability company (LLC) or corporation? It all comes down to the fact that the state needs to be able to contact an official representative of your business if they need to deliver important documents to you, especially service of process.
Without a registered agent, you could remain unaware of a lawsuit against your business progressing through the court system.
Who Can Be a Massachusetts Registered Agent?
If you’re looking to change your company’s registered agent, it’s a good idea to know who is eligible to serve as one.
As dictated by the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, registered agents (often referred to also as resident agents) must foremostly maintain a physical street address in the Commonwealth in which the agent (or another individual) is present during standard business hours.
Outside of these requirements, a registered agent may be either an individual resident of the commonwealth or an organization that’s authorized to do business in the state. For more information on who can serve as a registered agent in Massachusetts, you may look up our full guide on Massachusetts registered agents.
How to Change Your Registered Agent in Massachusetts
If you would like to change your registered agent for any reason, the process is simple.
You simply need to complete a Statement of Change form and submit it to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. First, you’ll need to pick the appropriate form. You’ll either need to complete a Statement of Change of Registered Agent or Registered Office document for corporations or the Statement of Change of Resident Agent/Resident Office form for LLCs. The forms may be completed as a PDF and mailed, or submitted online using the commonwealth’s online filing platform. The document will ask for the following information:
- The exact name of the corporation or LLC
- The current registered agent and address
- The new registered agent and address
- The signature of an authorized individual
- The signature of the new registered agent giving consent to the appointment
It should be noted also that submitting a Statement of Change of Registered Agent/Resident Agent document is the only way to change your registered agent; it is impossible to make the change by submitting your Annual Report or any other document.
Change of Registered Agent Fee: $25 by paper and free of cost if filed online
Should You Hire a Professional Massachusetts Registered Agent Service?
Hiring a registered agent service like Northwest Registered Agent has some distinct advantages. First and foremost, compared to serving as your own agent, professional registered agent services allow you to keep your personal address private. They’re also much less expensive than hiring a lawyer or accountant to provide registered agent service.
An often-overlooked benefit is how easy it is to expand your Massachusetts business into other states if you choose a professional registered agent. They typically have offices in all 50 states, so if you begin transacting business in an additional state, your same registered agent service can handle that for you.
If you’re interested in hiring a professional registered agent service, take a look at our guide to the top service providers.
The process for changing a registered agent in Massachusetts isn’t a complicated one, but it’s certainly advisable to know exactly what you want to do ahead of time. If you know what you want going in, you’ll find that the process is really quite painless.
We hope this article answered your questions about changing your Massachusetts registered agent!