California Registered Agent
- Instant Service: 3-Min Signup
- No Hidden Fees
- Local CA Business Specialists
Our Service in a Nutshell
- Instant Registered Agent Service: 3-Min Signup & You’re Done
- Immediate Access to Digital Client Portal for Storing & Managing Business Docs
- Year-Round Compliance Monitoring w/State-of-the-Art Tracking Software
- Same-Day Uploads of All Service of Process & Business Mail
- Access to Our California Business Filing Guide Database
- 365 Days of Reliable Customer Support
Our $50 California registered agent service is simple and straightforward. No frills or fluff. We don’t charge you extra for services you don’t need, and we don’t bury fees in your statement for next year. We believe in transparent pricing and excellent customer service.
Things You WON’T Get in Our Package:
- Hidden Fees
- “Introductory” Prices That Skyrocket Next Year
- Forwarding Fees
- Cancellation Fees
- Per-Document Charges
Just $50 a year. Our prices never go up.
Just What is a California Registered Agent?
Fair enough question. Nobody grows up dreaming of becoming a registered agent, do they? So the confusion is normal.
A California registered agent (also called an Agent for Service of Process) is a third-party appointed by a business for the purpose of accepting legal notices (service of process) and other business correspondence.
Essentially, if your LLC or corporation is sued, the courts in California need a guaranteed means of contacting your company. So a registered agent is appointed. When service of process is delivered to our office, we accept it on your behalf and then forward it to you in a timely manner.
Why Do I Need a Registered Agent in the First Place?
Well, it’s the law, for one. The California Corporation Code Section § 1700-1702 requires that all corporations, LLCs and other business entities appoint and maintain a registered agent. Basically, you can’t form a business without one (unless you’re a sole proprietor, in which case you don’t have to form an entity at all).
But there’s more to it than that. A registered agent is required to have a physical address in the State, and this office must be kept open throughout the year during regular business hours (those are government hours, folks, just like a bank or a library). This ensures that certified mail can be delivered in a reasonable timeframe.
What if your company doesn’t have a physical office? Or you work from home? Or you have an office but you want to work Monday thru Thursday, or take a longer holiday around Christmas?
Well, then you need a registered agent.
As My Registered Agent, What Exactly Do You Do?
We Accept Service of Process & Legal Notices
When your company is sued, we accept the service of process that is sent by the court. We scan it and upload it to your client portal and notify you immediately. This gives you ample time to respond to the lawsuit.
We Accept Business Mail & Compliance Reminders
We scan and upload all official business mail and state notifications, such as tax documents and compliance reminders that are sent by the Secretary of State. Our compliance tracking software updates you regularly throughout the year to ensure that you do not miss compliance deadlines.
We Prepare & Submit Additional California Business Filings
As our client, you will have access to our full database of California business filings. You can download these forms and file them yourself whenever you need, or you can hire us to prepare and submit them for you. These include annual/biennial filings, such as your Statement of Information, or regular maintenance filings such as amendments to your formation documents.
We Protect Your Reputation
Even the most upstanding companies receive frivolous lawsuits. As your registered agent, we accept legal notices on behalf of your company, which means that such notifications are never served in front of your customers.
Wait: Can I Be My Own Registered Agent?
Of course! Many small business owners will designate themselves as their own registered agent. This is perfectly legal. There are, however, a few drawbacks to be aware of:
- Your information is entirely public. This includes your full name and address and contact information.
- You must have a physical address in the State. If you don’t have a business office, you must list your home.
- You must keep regular business hours. No extended holidays. No going home early.
Why Would I Hire a Registered Agent?
You Don’t Have a Physical Office
This is the law. You have to list a physical address in California. If you’re a web-based business or someone who works from home, then hiring a registered agent solves this problem.
You Don’t Work Regular Hours
A registered agent is required to keep regular business hours. If you work a non-government schedule, then you’ll need a registered agent.
You Desire More Privacy
You can be your own registered agent in California, but you’ll have to list your name and address in the public record. Many business owners don’t want the hassle that comes with this (unsolicited phone calls, junk mail offers, etc.). Hiring a registered agent keeps your information out of the public record.
You Don’t Want the Hassle
Your registered agent handles a wide range of business paperwork, logs these important documents and tracks your compliance deadlines. Many business owners find it simpler to hire an agent instead of doing this themselves.
Okay. So What Do I Get for $50 a Year?
The Fastest, Most Reliable Compliance Alert System in the Industry
Probably the worst thing that can happen is for your registered agent to fail to deliver your service of process in a timely manner. Believe it or not, this is common in the industry, as there are no real standards for registered agents. Late delivery can lead to a default judgment against your business, and you can lose your legal authority to do business in California.
This is why we have designed the quickest, most efficient alert system in the business. Your service of process is scanned and uploaded into your client portal immediately after we receive it. This instantly kicks in our alert notification system, and you will receive an update the same day: email, phone, fax, text, mail, whichever method suits you best.
Want us to contact your lawyer? Business partners? Spouse? Simply add them to the list, and we will notify all of them.
A Secure Client Portal for Storing & Managing Business Documents
Your client portal is for more than viewing service of process. You can order any California business filing you ever need from your client portal, and we will store all of these filings in your account for you to view whenever you need.
All of your official documents, business mail and legal correspondence can be stored in your client portal, giving you a single secure center to manage all your business documents throughout the life of your company.
Easy Expansion Into Other States
As your business grows, you may find yourself to expand into other states. This will require registration with those state’s governing agencies. We can prepare and file all the necessary paperwork for every state in America, ensuring that you are fully compliant with those states’ laws. In addition, we can provide the same compliance notices for additional states as we do for California.
Total Customer Support Throughout the Year
If you ever have a question about our service, California business filings, or other related topics, you can give us a call anytime. Our expert business filing team is made up of former Secretary of State filers, corporate attorneys and CPAs. We know every aspect of California business, and you can always get us on the phone.
Customer service is our number one priority.
$50/yr Sounds Too Good to Be True. What’s the Catch?
Look, we charge $50 per year because we keep our overhead low. We’re based in Redding. A lot of agents have offices in San Francisco (great city, but the lease rates are insane) or Los Angeles. The cost of doing business in the metro areas is crazy.
The State of California doesn’t care where your registered agent office is, just as long as you have one. We chose Redding because it’s a fantastic town, because it’s laid back, because the people rock, and because the cost of living is far lower.
$50 per year lets us pay the bills, offer competitive wages and benefits, and keeps us respectably humble. We could definitely charge $150 per year or more. Plenty of agents do. But those rates just strike us as a little obscene. It’s the same service whether you’re paying $50 or $150 or $300.
Call us old fashioned, but don’t think gouging the customer is good business practice.
How Are You Different From a Statutory Agent?
We’re the same thing. There are a number of names for registered agents:
- Agent for Service of Process
- Statutory Agent
- Commercial Agent
- Resident Agent
All of these terms refer to the same service.
I Don’t Plan on Getting Sued. Why Do I Need You?
Well, none of us plan on getting sued. And we sincerely hope you don’t. But even reputable companies that have done nothing wrong get sued (sadly, this happens more often than we’d like to admit).
As your registered agent in California, we provide more than just service of process notification, though. We also keep you updated on all compliance requirements and official reminders from the Secretary of State. We track all of your business filings and provide an easy-to-use system for managing filings throughout the life of your business. Our expert filers are also here every day to answer any calls related to state compliance, guiding you through what can be a difficult swamp of corporate and bureaucratic red tape.
What If I Get Sued All the Time?
Hey, it happens. We’re not concerned. We have no upper limit to how much service of process and legal correspondence we accept. We have no “per-document” charges. You just get our same excellent customer service for $50 a year, no matter how much mail we receive on your behalf.
How Does Service of Process Work Exactly?
When a lawsuit is brought against your business, a court will issue a service of process: an official notice that your company is being sued. A process server will look up your company’s state registration documents and find your registered agent. The process will then be served to your agent.
Serving your registered agent is considered legal notification of a lawsuit. Even if your agent fails to notify you, the court will assume that you are aware of lawsuit and you will be expected to respond appropriately.
Can I Change Agents at Any Time?
Of course. You can change your California registered agent at any time by filing a Statement of Information with the California Secretary of State. This can be done easily online.
Corporations and LLCs have a regular filing window for submitting a Statement of Information. If the only thing you are changing is your agent and you file outside of your normal window, then the filing is free. Otherwise, the fee is $25 for corporations and $20 for LLCs.
California Registered Agent FAQ
Can I Appoint an Agent Without Consent?
Well, no. But seriously: why would you want to?
When you appoint us as your California registered agent, we accept legal correspondence, service of process and official State notifications on your behalf. We work for you to make sure you remain compliant with the law. If you appoint a California registered agent without consent, they would never know you were a client. Which means your documents go straight in the trash. Yikes!
What Are the Legal Requirements for Registered Agents?
California registered agents are required by law to:
- Maintain a California registered office (a physical address, not a PO box)
- Keep regular business hours all year long
- Maintain a California mailing address
- Accept service of process and legal correspondence on behalf of clients
- Contact clients when documents are accepted
- Forward documents to clients in a timely manner
Can an LLC Be Its Own Registered Agent?
Not in California. State law specifically forbids LLCs from serving as registered agents in California.
Do You Charge More for High-Volume Clients?
No matter how much correspondence we receive on behalf of your business, we charge you the same amount each year. Our rates don’t go up, and we have no per-doc fees.
We serve many high-volume clients who get dozens of services of process each year. One of the reasons they remain satisfied with our service is because we don’t charge them extra for handling their correspondence.
How Does the SOS Know My Registered Agent?
When you appoint a California registered agent, you make this designation on official formation documents which are filed with the Secretary of State. For LLCs, this document is called Articles of Organization. For corporations, it is called Articles of Incorporation.
The only other way to inform the Secretary of State is if you are changing agents, in which case you file your Statement of Information and make the change there.