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 Washington DC.
Your registered agent could be moving out of the district, 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 and district allows you to change your registered agent at any time, and the process is usually both simple and inexpensive. Let’s dive into the specifics of how to change your LLC’s registered agent in Washington DC.
NOTE: If you need help changing registered agents, the same services that are known for offering online services — like LegalZoom and Zen Business — can also take over registered agent duties and file the needed paperwork.
Who Can Be a Washington DC Registered Agent?
A Washington DC registered agent is a person or business entity that has a physical address in the district. 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 district 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 District of Columbia. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs website provides a detailed account of who can act as a registered agent in DC. They write that a registered agent must be:
- “An individual or domestic or foreign entity that serves in the District as the agent for service of process of an entity;
- An individual who holds the office or other position in an entity who is designated as the agent for service of process; or
- A member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar who maintains an office in the District of Columbia.”
They go on to explain that a registered agent’s address must be a physical street address in the District of Columbia, and that a post office box is not sufficient.
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a Washington DC LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Washington DC?
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 or district your business operates in.
In Washington DC, the only way to change a limited liability company’s registered agent is to file a Statement of Change form.
Option 1) Filing a Statement of Change Form
To change an LLC registered agent in Washington DC, you’ll need to open the Registered Agent Combined Form, then scroll down to the Statement of Change of Registered Agent form on page three to change a commercial registered agent, or the Statement of Change of Noncommercial Registered Agent on page four to change a noncommercial agent. This filing has a $50 fee, and it can be filed online, via mail, or in person.
The standard processing time is 15 business days for online or mailed filings, and walk-in filings are processed while you wait. Filings can be expedited to one-day service for a $100 fee, or three-day service for a $50 fee. It should be noted that all walk-in orders are automatically charged both of these expediting fees, for a total of $150.
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 Washington DC
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. In Washington DC, registered agent laws apply to all business entities and classifications, so there is no LLC-specific law to discuss.
According to Title 29, Section 104 of the Code of the District of Columbia:
- “A represented entity may change the information on file under § 29-104.04(a) by delivering to the Mayor for filing a statement of change signed on behalf of an authorized person on behalf of the entity which states the:
- Name of the entity; and
- Information that is to be in effect as a result of the filing of the statement of change.
- The interest holders or governors of a domestic entity need not approve the filing of a:
- Statement of change under this section; or
- Similar filing changing the registered agent or registered office, if any, of the entity in any other jurisdiction.
- A statement of change under this section designating a new registered agent shall be an affirmation under § 29-102.09 by the represented entity that the agent has consented to serve.
- As an alternative to using the procedure in this section, a represented entity may change the information on file under § 29-104.04(a) by amending its most recent registered agent filing in a manner provided by law of the District other than this title for amending the filing.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the Washington DC, 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 Washington DC, the only way to change an LLC’s registered agent is by filing a 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 Washington DC, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!