Every limited liability company operating in the United States needs to designate a registered agent. Even after you identify your initial registered agent in your formation paperwork, there are several reasons for why you may need to change the registered agent for your LLC in Alaska.
Your registered agent could be moving out of state, or they could be a former co-owner or employee who no longer works for your organization. Maybe you want to switch from an individual registered agent to a professional service that operates in all 50 states, or perhaps you’re simply unsatisfied with your current registered agent’s service.
Whatever the reason may be, each state allows you to change your registered agent at any time, and in most states the process is both simple and inexpensive. Let’s dive into the specifics of how to change your LLC’s registered agent in Alaska.
NOTE: If you need help changing registered agents, the same services that are known for offering good LLC services — like LegalZoom and Zen Business — can also take over registered agent duties and file the needed paperwork.
Who Can Be a Registered Agent in Alaska?
An Alaska registered agent is a person or business entity that has a physical address in the state. You or one of your co-owners can serve as your own registered agent, you can designate a friend or family member for this role, you can hire a lawyer or accountant as your agent, or you can hire an online business services company to provide registered agent service.
No matter who you choose to be your registered agent, they need to be physically present at the address provided to the state during all standard business hours. This person or entity does not need to have any prior experience being a registered agent, but it’s wise to choose a registered agent who is familiar with the serious responsibilities that come with this role.
There is no minimum age requirement on who can be a registered agent in the state of Alaska. Section 10.06.150 of the Alaska Corporations Statutes and Regulations outlines the specifics of who can be a registered agent in Alaska. Specifically, it states the following:
“A corporation shall continuously maintain in this state a registered agent and a registered office. The registered office may be the same as the place of business of the corporation. The registered agent may be either an individual resident of this state whose business office is the same as the registered office, or a domestic or foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state whose business office is the same as the registered office.”
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with an Alaska LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Alaska?
While the role of the registered agent is vitally important for any American business entity, this role can always be changed, and there are different rules for how to change your agent depending on which state your business operates in.
LLCs in the state of Alaska cannot change their registered agent by amending their articles of organization, or by indicating a change on their biennial report. The only way to make this change is on the Statement of Change form.
Option 1) Filing a Statement of Change Form
Limited liability companies in this state can file a Statement of Change form to change registered agents, and there are different forms for domestic and foreign entities. These forms must be filed via mail or in person, and there is a $25 filing fee for each. There is not currently an option to file Statement of Change forms online.
The standard processing time for these forms is 10-15 business days, and there is no option to expedite the filing process.
Prefer to Have a Registered Agent Service Handle Your Requirements?
A registered agent service is a company that specializes in being a registered agent for a wide variety of businesses across the country, bringing tons of expertise and a healthy dose of reliability to the role.
Most professional registered agent services operate on a national basis, meaning there’s no restrictions on which states you can operate your business in. They also tend to charge affordable rates, as you can find several registered agent services that charge around $10/month or even less for this service. In addition, most of these companies will also offer to handle the process of changing a registered agent for you.
If you’re interested in this option, we highly recommend Northwest Registered Agent.
The Law for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Alaska
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. The relevant Alaska laws in this instance are applied both to domestic and foreign LLCs.
Title 10, Chapter 50 of the Alaska Statutes states that an LLC may change its registered agent and/or office by filing a signed statement which includes the following information:
- “the name of the company;
- the address of its registered office;
- the address of its new registered office if the registered office is to be changed;
- the name of its registered agent;
- the name of its new registered agent if the registered agent is to be changed; and
- a statement that the change is authorized by the company’s manager, or, if the company is not managed by a manager, by the members.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Alaska, you need to designate a registered agent to receive important government document deliveries on your behalf. If you decide at any time that you would rather change your registered agent to a different individual or business entity, it’s important to know what that process looks like.
In Alaska, there’s only one option for changing an LLC’s registered agent, and that’s to file the state’s Statement of Change form. It’s a simple document with a reasonable filing fee, but if you’d rather have a registered agent service handle this task for you, you certainly have that option.
We hope this article helped you improve your understanding of changing a registered agent in Alaska, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!