California Registered Agent
Just $39 a Year
No up-sells, no add-ons, no yearly price increases. We charge $39 per year for California registered agent service, and that’s it.
No wait. A straightforward sign-up form. Same-day processing.
A California Business Address.
Hate junk mail? Value your privacy? We provide a California business address so you can keep your home address off the public record.
But that’s not all.
California Registered Agent Service is what we do, but we don’t stop there. You’ll also get:
- A secure client account to store documents
- Access to a trove of corporate forms
- Compliance tracking and filing reminders
- A team of California business experts ready to answer your questions
- Options to hire us for business filings (including to form your California LLC or corporation)
Learn About California Registered Agents
What’s it like to be a registered agent in California? Not many people know, but we do. When you start a California LLC or incorporate in California, you’ll either need to hire a California registered agent or become one. Obviously, we think it’s smart to hire us for just $39 a year. But either way, we want you to know what you’re getting into. Below, we’ve outlined everything we think is important to know about California registered agents.
- What is a California registered agent?
- Do I need a California registered agent?
- What does a registered agent do?
- Do I need a California business address?
- How do I change California registered agents?
- When do I hire you?
- Why should I hire California Registered Agent Inc?
In California, registered agents go by a long list of different names:
- California Registered Corporate Agent
- California Agent for Service of Process
- California Resident Agent
- California Corporate Agent
- California Statutory Agent
It’s confusing, but all of these titles refer to the same thing: a registered agent. A California registered agent is someone you’ve designated to accept legal mail on behalf of your business. A registered agent must have a physical street address in the state of California and be present at that address during normal business hours. If someone needs to send your business service of process (say, a subpoena or a summons), they will look up your registered agent information on the California Secretary of State’s database. Then they will deliver the legal mail to your registered agent, who must be there to accept it and forward it to you.
Yes. California’s state statutes require every business registered in the state of California to appoint a California registered agent. If you don’t include your registered agent information on your formation documents, your Articles of Incorporation or Organization will be rejected by the California Secretary of State.
The requirement is intended to make sure all businesses can be easily contacted for official purposes by the general public and the Secretary of State.
- Accept service of process and official mail on behalf of your business
- Notify you when they receive official mail, notifications or documents for your business
- Forward documents to you in a timely manner
- Maintain an in-state physical address (called a registered office)
- Remain open during regular business hours to accept any notices on behalf of your business
When you hire us to be your California registered agent, we’ll scan and your legal mail as soon as it arrives in our office. Then we’ll upload it to your secure account so you can respond to your mail quickly.
Yes. When you file your articles of organization or formation, you’ll need to provide a business address on your filing. This requirement can be tricky for business owners who don’t work out of a commercial space and want to keep their home address private. Any address you list on your filings will become part of the public record. When you hire us, we’ll provide a California business address for you to use on your formation documents. Using our California business address will keep your home address private.
To change your corporate agent you must file an Amended Statement of Information with the California Secretary of State.
You can file the amendment online but only if you are inside your normal filing period. California requires corporations to file a Statement of Information every year; if you filed your formation documents in June, your normal filing period would be June and the five months prior to June (January to May).
If you are not within your normal filing period, you must mail or hand-deliver the Amended Statement of Information.
LLCs must mail or hand-deliver the Amended Statement of Information to the Secretary of State’s office. LLCs file a Statement of Information biennially.
Hire us before you form your company. In California, you have to list your California registered agent information on your Articles of Incorporation or Organization. If you don’t, the California Secretary of State will reject your filing.
When you hire us, we’ll provide you with our information to use on your formation documents. You also have the option to hire us to file your Articles of Incorporation or Organization on your behalf for $100 plus state fees. Either way, we’ll let you use our California business address so that you can keep your address private.
We get it — there are a lot of companies out there offering California registered agent service. Why should you hire us?
- We’re economical, not cheap.
When you’re first starting a business, you need to keep costs down. We wanted to provide the most affordable price in California without taking any shortcuts. We don’t work out of someone’s basement and we don’t make up the money by selling your personal information to marketers.Our price isn’t a trick. We’re not going to raise it next year or the year after. We’re not going to try and get you to purchase a bunch of “add-ons.” If we did, we’d lose customers. Instead, we work hard to provide top-notch California registered agent service at a great price. That’s how we earn the trust of loyal customers who keep our business going.
- We answer the phone.
Starting a business in California can be confusing. Pick up the phone and call us. Our team is made up of California business experts, and we think your questions — big or small — deserve a thoughtful and accurate answer. We’re here to walk you through the mystifying process of starting and maintaining a business in California.
- We care about your privacy.
We never, ever sell your information to marketers. Ever. We just don’t think that’s right.Beyond keeping the information you give us private, we also want to help you keep your personal information off the public record. We know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of an aggressive junk mail campaign or — worse yet — have an unexpected visitor show up on the front porch. California’s formation documents require you to list a business address. When you hire us, we’ll let you use our California business address. It’s a nice commercial building in Sacramento. Using our address instead of yours allows you to keep your personal address safe and secure from prying eyes.
- We’re fast.
We’ll get your order processed the day it comes in. The California Secretary of State processing times can be long. Why add to that wait by hiring a sluggish registered agent service? We’ve got a team of filers ready to go. Just say the word.