Many business owners decide to incorporate or form an LLC in a state other than the one where they live because they want that state's laws to apply. Although you don't have to be present in that state, you will need to designate a registered agent who is. The registered agent handles legal issues and services on your behalf, and is appointed when you initially incorporate. Over time, however, you might want to change your registered agent. Here's how to do it.

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1. Get the Right State Form.

Make sure that you find the right one for your entity. Even though the same information requests may be on the C Corporation and LLC forms, they will not count if you fill out the wrong form. Get the forms for your state here.

2. Complete the Form, Noting any Special Requirements.

In Delaware, for instance, businesses are recommended to include the Filing Cover Memo to expedite the process and avoid potential loss of information.

3. Pay the Registration Fee.

Most states have different breakdowns depending on how fast you want the change to occur. On average, a general Certificate of Change of Agent costs about $50. However, you can request expedited service, depending on your situation. The price quickly scales from $100 to $2,000 depending on how fast you need it done. In some states, you can complete it within an hour. A general, non-expedited change takes about two to three weeks.

4. Mail it.

Once the application is completed and the payment prepared, you need to mail it to your Department of State or your State Small Business Administration. Most of the time, you'll get confirmation of the filing, though in some states, you must request that confirmation.

Change of Registered Agent Forms by State

 Choose the state where you incorporated your business to get started.




Alabama

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Alabama.

Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



Alaska

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Alaska.

Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



Arizona

LLCs in Arizona need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $5
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: None
How to file: Download PDF



Arkansas

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Arkansas.

Fee: None
How to file: Online



California

LLCs in California need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $20
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $25
How to file: Online



Colorado

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Colorado.

Fee: $1
How to file: Online



Connecticut

LLCs in Connecticut need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $50
How to file: Download PDF



Delaware

LLCs in Delaware need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $75 
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $75 
How to file: Download PDF



District of Columbia

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in the District of Columbia.

Fee: $50
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF



Florida

LLCs in Florida need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $35
How to file: Download PDF



Georgia

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Georgia.

Fee: $50
How to file: Online



Hawaii

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Hawaii.

Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



Idaho

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Idaho.

Fee: None
How to file: Download PDF



Illinois

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Illinois.

Fee: $25
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF



Indiana

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Indiana.

Fee: None
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Online



Iowa

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Iowa.

Fee: None
How to file: Download PDF



Kansas

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Kansas.

Fee: $35
How to file: Online



Kentucky

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Kentucky.

Fee: $10
How to file: Online



Louisiana

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Louisiana.

Fee: $25
How to file: Online



Maine

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Maine.

Fee: $35
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF



Maryland

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Maryland.

Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



Massachusetts

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Massachusetts.

Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



Michigan

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Michigan.

Fee: $5
How to file: Download PDF



Minnesota

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Minnesota.

Fee: $35
How to file: Download PDF



Mississippi

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Mississippi.

Fee: $10
How to file: Use the Mississippi online portal to file online.


Missouri

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Missouri.

Fee: $10
How to file: Download PDF



Montana

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Montana.

Fee: None
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF



Nebraska

LLCs in Nebraska need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $15
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $30
How to file: Download PDF



Nevada

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Nevada.

Fee: $60
How to file: Download PDF



New Hampshire

LLCs in New Hampshire need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $15
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $15
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF



New Jersey

LLCs in New Jersey need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



New Mexico

LLCs in New Mexico need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $20
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



New York

LLCs in New York need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $30
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $30
How to file: Download PDF



North Carolina

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in North Carolina.

Fee: $5
How to file: Download PDF



North Dakota

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in North Dakota.

Fee: $10
How to file: Download PDF



Ohio

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Ohio.

Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



Oklahoma

LLCs in Oklahoma need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $25
How to file: Download PDF



Oregon

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Oregon.

Fee: None
How to file: Download PDF



Pennsylvania

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Pennsylvania.

Fee: $70
How to file: Download PDF



Rhode Island

LLCs in Rhode Island need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $20
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $20
How to file: Download PDF



South Carolina

LLCs in South Carolina need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $10
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $10
How to file: Download PDF



South Dakota

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in South Dakota.

Fee: $10
How to file: Download PDF



Tennessee

LLCs in Tennessee need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $20
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $20
How to file: Download PDF



Texas

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Texas.

Fee: $15
How to file: Download PDF



Utah

LLCs in Utah need to follow different requirements than other corporation types to change their Registered Agent. See details below.

LLC Fee: $15
How to file: Download PDF

Corporation Fee: $15
How to file: Download PDF



Vermont

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Vermont.

Fee: $20
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Online



Virginia

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Virginia.

Fee: None
How to file: Online



Washington

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Washington.

Fee: None
How to file: Download PDF



West Virginia

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in West Virginia.

Fee: $15
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF



Wisconsin

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Wisconsin.

Fee: $10
How to file: Online



Wyoming

The following fees and instructions apply to LLCs, Corporations and Nonprofits in Wyoming.

Fee: None
Important detail: A wet signature is required, which means you must provide hand-signed original copies of your documents.
How to file: Download PDF

Last updated: December 4, 2013

Get Started Get your own Registered Agent Answer a few questions. We'll take care of the rest.

Get Started Get your own Registered Agent Answer a few questions. We'll take care of the rest.