Every business entity formed in Alabama must assign a person or business to act as its Registered Agent.
Starting a business in Alabama? Get your first year of Registered Agent Service for free when you form with Bizee.
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An Alabama Registered Agent provides various services, such as accepting formal documents and correspondence from the Alabama Secretary of State (AL SOS). Your LLC must have an Alabama Registered Agent at all times. You appoint one when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing agent after formation, provided there is no period during which your business is without a Registered Agent.
Registered Agent Requirements
The address for your Alabama Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your business address. Important: A virtual mailbox is not a replacement for a Registered Agent. They perform two separate functions and per state law, you are required to have a Registered Agent.
A Registered Agent’s primary function is to accept official correspondence and documentation, including but not limited to:
Having a Registered Agent also allows you to prove to the state that your business exists.
Bizee provides complete Alabama Registered Agent service for any LLC formed in the state. Even better, if you form your LLC through Bizee, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that. Bizee is authorized to conduct business in Alabama and able to legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Alabama Registered Agent services include
When you're forming an LLC in Alabama, you must appoint a Registered Agent at that time. You can change the agent at any time after that. Here’s how.
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this two ways:
When you create your business, you must include your Registered Agent's information in your Certificate of Formation.
If you form your business through us, you’ll get our Registered Agent Service free for one year. We’ll use the information you provide to complete and file your Certificate of Formation for you.
You can also change your FL Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, complete the Change of Registered Agent of Registered Office by Entity form available on the AL SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, mail it to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $25 so they can update your records.
When you use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect the pertinent information about your business, complete the form and send it to the AL SOS on your behalf. We’ll notify you when we officially become your Registered Agent.
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Alabama. If you do, you can search the business database of the Alabama Secretary of State. If the Registered Agent isn’t available in the database, you can request it through the Alabama Secretary of State.
If you don’t assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Alabama Secretary of State, there may be several possible consequences, such as:
If you have a physical address in Alabama, you can be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some negative consequences:
Yes. All LLCs in the state are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Alabama Secretary of State. You'll find more details above.
You must assign a Registered Agent when you form your Alabama business with the Secretary of State. You can change your agent afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Bizee, we’ll file all the necessary forms on your behalf. You'll find more information above.
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above.
Yes. And if you use a company as your Registered Agent, that company must be legally able to conduct business in your state. You'll find more information above.