What is a Registered Agent?
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Your Vermont Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Vermont Secretary of State.
Your LLC must have a Registered Agent at all times. You appoint one when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing Vermont Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth and documented transition between the old and new agents.
Vermont Registered Agent Requirements
- Every LLC, both foreign and domestic, must have a Registered Agent with a registered office within the State of Vermont 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 Vermont and located at a street address (a P.O. Box only is not acceptable)
- If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Vermont.
- If the Registered Agent is a company, they must be authorized to conduct business in Vermont.
- The Registered Agent must be available in person to sign for any correspondence during normal business hours.
Note that the address for your Vermont Registered Agent does not need to be the same as your Vermont LLC business address.
What a Vermont Registered Agent Does
A Registered Agent’s main function is to accept official documentation and communications.
- Official state and federal government correspondence and notices
- Service of process notices (e.g., if your Vermont LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
- Correspondence from the Vermont Secretary of State
- 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 Vermont Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Bizee provides complete Vermont Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formed in the state of Vermont. Even better, if you form your business 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 Vermont and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Registered Agent service provides:
- An always-available Vermont Registered Agent who can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your LLC’s behalf
- A digital dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
- Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
- Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you
Appointing a Registered Agent for Your LLC
When you first 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 Articles of Organization with the Vermont Secretary of State
When you formally create your business, you’re required to include details of your Registered Agent in your Articles of Organization.
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 Articles of Organization for you with the information that you provide.
Assign a Different Registered Agent After Formation
You can also assign someone else to be your Vermont Registered Agent after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.
Choose a new Registered Agent Service and let the Vermont Secretary of State know
Once you’ve chosen a new Registered Agent, you can login to your account with Vermont Secretary of State Corporations Division to file the change online. Once you’ve filed the change, the Secretary of State will review and update your records. There is no fee for this service.
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 then send it to the Vermont Secretary of State. When we officially become your Registered Agent, we’ll let you know.
Vermont Registered Agent Search
In certain situations, it may be useful to know the name of the Registered Agent that represents another LLC in Vermont. This information is available in the state's business database.
If you can’t find the Registered Agent information there, you can request it from the Secretary of State.
What Happens If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent?
If you don’t assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Secretary of State, there are several possible ramifications, including:
- Falling out of good standing with the Vermont Secretary of State. 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 Vermont. 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.
- 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.
Acting as Your Own Registered Agent
You can be the Registered Agent for your LLC if you have a business office in Vermont. There can be some drawbacks to this approach:
- Someone must always be available during business hours at the Vermont address to sign for important documents.
- The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Vermont. If you’re forming an LLC outside the state, you’ll need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
- The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Vermont Secretary of State's website. If you prefer to keep your name and address private, you should use a Registered Agent service.
- If you change your business address or move out of state, you need to file additional documentation with the Secretary of State for the new address. This won't be necessary if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.
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FAQs About Vermont Registered Agents
Do I Need to Appoint a Vermont Registered Agent?
Yes. All business entities in the state are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Vermont Secretary of State. Find more information above.
When Should I Assign a Registered Agent?
You must assign a Registered Agent when you form your Vermont 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.
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 Vermont-Based LLC Need to have an Address in Vermont?
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.