The Registered Agent must have a physical location in the state the business is registered. A P.O. Box will not suffice. This means if a business is in multiple states, they must appoint a Registered Agent in each of these states. Think of this requirement as a jurisdictional issue. An New York state police officer cannot arrest someone in New Jersey and a New Jersey state police officer cannot arrest someone in New York. This concept is the same for service of process for legal proceedings in particular state only being delivered to a recipient in the same state. The legal documents must be delivered within the state borders of the state the proceedings are taking place. The registered agent is responsible for accepting court orders, lawsuits, subpoenas and notices. In order to ensure successful delivery of these documents the registered agent must be available during standard business hours each day. After serve of process is made upon The registered agent they have a duty to forward the documents to the business they are accepting service of process on behalf of.
By being available all week days, a Registered Agent will not knowingly miss any critical service of process services. Having a Registered Agent provides some privacy to its corporate clients keeping information away from public use. Rather than your business physical address going on the public record with the state, your Registered Agent information will appear there instead.
What Does Serving a Registered Agent Mean from a Legal Perspective?
A Registered Agent, also known as a resident agent, special agent, and statutory agent is a legal entity or individual appointed under state law to accept service of process and other legal documents on behalf of a business. When an individual is being served there is a distinct person to address but some companies have tens of thousands of employees. If a company based in Canada were to be served at one of their warehouses in the United States there would be great difficulty and confusion in both understanding and forwarding the legal documents to their legal team even though they are part of the same company. In the interests of judicial fairness, a business entity is required under state law to appoint a single representative to accept service of process in each jurisdiction they are located.
When a legal document is served on a business the Registered Agent accepts the document and then must forward it to the proper individuals. When first appointing a Registered Agent the procedure and means of forwarding documents between the Registered Agent and their client company will be agreed upon to avoid future delay or confusion. Every company needs a way for the public to contact it regarding legal matters. That is the role the Registered Agent serves. Registered Agent service is a company that accepts notices and services of process for other companies. Registered Agent services have procedures to notify companies when legal documents arrive. The Registered Agent of a corporate entities is responsible for accepting service of process and other time sensitive documents. Our years of experience with serving Registered Agents has afforded us the confidence of serving a variety of legal documents without fail.
States require a corporate entity to have a Registered Agent
Registered Agents are sometimes called a resident agent, statutory agent, or agent for service of process. To us, each one is the same and the process of serving them, regardless of their name, is exactly the same. Process Servers in the directory are minutes away from every Registered Agent.