What is a Registered Agent?
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Your New Hampshire Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal and legal documents and continued correspondence with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.
Your LLC must have a Registered Agent at all times. You’ll appoint one when you first formally register and form your business. You can also replace your existing New Hampshire Registered Agent at a later date, provided that you transition smoothly between the old and new agents.
New Hampshire Registered Agent Requirements
- Every LLC, both foreign and domestic, must have a Registered Agent with a registered office within the State of New Hampshire at all times.
- The Registered Agent can be a domestic or foreign (licensed to transact business in the state) artificial legal entity (Corporation, LLC, LP or LLP) or a natural person.
- The Registered Office must be in the state of New Hampshire and located at a street address (a P.O. Box only is not acceptable).
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must live in New Hampshire.
- If the Registered Agent is a company, they must be authorized to conduct business in New Hampshire.
- The Registered Agent must be available in person to sign for any correspondence during normal business hours.
Note that the address for your New Hampshire Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your New Hampshire LLC business address.
What a New Hampshire Registered Agent Does
A Registered Agent’s main function in New Hampshire is to accept official documentation and communications.
- Correspondence from the New Hampshire Secretary of State (SOS)
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
- Official state and federal government correspondence and notices
- Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports
Having a Registered Agent also provides proof to the state that your business exists.
Bizee Provides Free New Hampshire Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Bizee provides complete New Hampshire Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formed in the state. As a bonus, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that if you’ve formed your business through Bizee.
Bizee is authorized to conduct business in New Hampshire and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Registered Agent service provides:
- An always-available New Hampshire Registered Agent who can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your LLC’s behalf
- Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you
- Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
- A digital dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
Appointing a Registered Agent Service for Your LLC
When you first register and form your LLC, you must appoint a Registered Agent. You can change it at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this two ways:
File Your Certificate of Formation With the New Hampshire Secretary of State
When you formally create your business, you’re required to include details of your Registered Agent in your Certificate of Formation.
Get a Free Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC with Bizee
Establish your business through us, and you’ll get a free year of our Registered Agent Service. We’ll also complete and file your Certificate of Formation for you with the information that you provide.
Assign a Different Registered Agent After Formation
After you’ve formed your LLC, you can still assign someone else to be your New Hampshire Registered Agent. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Choose a new Registered Agent Service and let the New Hampshire Secretary of State (SOS) know
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent with the New Hampshire SOS. The NH Secretary of State provides this service for a fee of $15.
We’ll file the change on your behalf when you sign up for Bizee’s Registered Agent service
When you use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form on your behalf and file it with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. We’ll let you know when we officially become your Registered Agent.
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
If you don’t assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the New Hampshire Secretary of State there are several possible ramifications, including:
- Getting sued or served and not knowing about it. You could lose to a default judgment in your absence if your LLC is sued and you don’t respond.
- Falling out of good standing with the New Hampshire SOS. The state may revoke your right to do business if you don’t respond to certain correspondence (such as a request for your annual report).
- Losing your status as an LLC in New Hampshire. A Registered Agent is evidence to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your LLC may be dissolved.
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
You can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC if you have a physical address in New Hampshire, although there may be some drawbacks to this approach:
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the New Hampshire Secretary of State website. You should use a
- Registered Agent service if you prefer that these details remain private.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in New Hampshire. If you’re forming an LLC outside the state, you’ll need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
- If you change your business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the NH Secretary of State for the new address. This isn’t necessary if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much more smooth.
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FAQs About New Hampshire Registered Agents
Do I Need to Appoint a New Hampshire Registered Agent?
Yes. Most business entities (including LLCs) in the state are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the New Hampshire Secretary of State (SOS). Find more information above.
When Should I Assign a Registered Agent?
You must assign a Registered Agent when you first register and formally form your New Hampshire LLC with the SOS. 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.
Can I Be My Own Registered Agent?
Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above.
Does the Registered Agent for my New Hampshire-Based LLC Need to have an Address in New Hampshire?
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.