A business that does not select a registered agent may risk falling out of “good standing” with the state in which it is registered. Penalties can include license revocation, fines, and the inability to enter into legal contracts and/or gain access to the state court system. Also, reinstatement proceedings could include further civil penalties and possibly criminal sanctions as well. If you try to file without a registered agent your filing will be rejected which can be more costly to you. Your filing could also be rejected in the following states if you do not get consent from your registered agent and present it to the state at the time of filing:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
It is required by almost every state to have a registered agent for your company (exception: New York). Feel free to leave a comment if you need help finding a reputable registered agent service company.