A registered agent, in business law, also known as the first line of defense in the legal field, is a third-party individual who responsible for receiving process notices, correspondences from the secretary of state, and other government notifications for the corporation or limited liability company (LLC) who appointed him or her.
Florida law mandates that every corporation or LLC have a registered agent and a registered office in order to conduct business in the state. The registered agent’s name and address is the public domain that can be found in the state’s division of corporations website (sunbiz.org for Florida), which allows others to obtain a company’s contact information.
Florida Statutes Section 607.0501 states who can be a registered agent of a Florida corporation or LLC, which can be either:
An individual who resides in this state whose business office is identical with such registered office;
Another corporation or not-for-profit corporation as defined in chapter 617, authorized to transact business or conduct its affairs in this state, having a business office identical with the registered office; or
A foreign corporation or not-for-profit foreign corporation authorized pursuant to this chapter or chapter 617 to transact business or conduct its affairs in this state, having a business office identical with the registered office.
While many small business owners are comfortable listing themselves as the registered agent of the business, it should be considered that being one’s own registered agent may require one to have
- A physical address;
- Use one’s home address;
- Required to keep regular business hours; and
- The possibility of missing an important notice.
For business owners who are not comfortable listing themselves as their own registered agent, Valencia & Torres Law can provide you with registered agent services in Florida.
If you would like to learn more about our registered agent services, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.