Registered Agent In District of Columbia
Let’s talk a little bit about getting a registered agent in DC.
Why are there resident agents in the first place?
Back in the good old days, you just tended the farm and paid tribute to the king. Eventually, economies evolved, new company structures like corporations and limited liability companies emerged. These various business entities were created to provide tax advantages and protect business owners from liabilities. Companies are furnished standing that is disconnected from the person or persons who put them together. Sadly, it didn’t take very much time for people to work out that they could evade legal actions by personally hiding from process servers. So, to close that loophole, most Secretaries of State require business owners to designate a “registered agent.”
In a nutshell, who can act as a registered agent?
Your District of Columbia registered agent needs to be a company or person who is a legal citizen of your state. A registered agent should be present to accept service of process during regular business hours. Registered agents in DC have to provide a legal, business address within the state of District of Columbia.
How does having a resident agent assist my business?
Most importantly, designating our registered agent service keeps your company in adherence of state law. On top of that, we receive and scan any service of process, legal notice, letter, or annual report received into your client account locally in DC. You receive immediate notification of any paperwork scanned into your District of Columbia registered agent online account.
As an additional District of Columbia registered agent service, we also monitor your State annual report due date and send you prompts with how-to links to file your report in a timely manner with the Secretary of State.
What if I don’t have or fail to maintain a registered agent in DC for my company?
Yes, there can be repercussions for not maintaining your registered agent in DC. Penalties may or may not be assessed. The District of Columbia may revoke your LLC or corporate certificate of authority if you fail to maintain your District of Columbia registered agent.