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 Illinois.
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 Illinois.
NOTE: If you need help changing registered agents, the same services that are known for offering top rated LLC formation services — like LegalZoom and Zen Business — can also take over registered agent duties and file the needed paperwork.
Who Can Be an Illinois Registered Agent?
An Illinois 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 regarding who can be a registered agent in the state of Illinois. According to Chapter 32, Article 5 of the Illinois Statutes, these are the relatively simple regulations for serving as an Illinois registered agent:
- A registered agent may be either an individual resident in this state, whose business office is identical with such registered office, or…
- A domestic or foreign corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership authorized to transact business in this state that is authorized by its statement of purpose to act as such agent.
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with an Illinois LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Illinois?
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.
In Illinois, limited liability companies have two different options for changing their registered agent. They can either file a Statement of Change form with the Secretary of State, or they can amend the articles of organization.
Option 1) Filing a Statement of Change Form
The first way to change an LLC’s registered agent in Illinois is to file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form. This form has a $25 filing fee, and you can file it online, via mail, or in person.
Option 2) Filing an Amendment to the Articles of Organization
Another option for changing the registered agent is to file an Articles of Amendment form to amend the LLC’s articles of organization. This form costs $50 to file, and it may be filed via mail or in person.
The standard processing time for online filings with the state of Illinois is approximately ten days. Expedited service requests cost an additional $50 fee for Statement of Change forms and $100 for Articles of Amendment forms. Expedited filings will be reviewed within 24 hours of submission, excluding weekends and holidays, and the request must be made in person in the Springfield or Chicago office.
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 Illinois
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. In Illinois, registered agent laws vary depending on the business entity you own and operate. For limited liability companies, we can look to Section 1-35 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes Limited Liability Company Act, which states:
“A limited liability company or foreign limited liability company may change its registered agent or the address of its registered office pursuant to Section 1-36 and the registered agent of a limited liability company or a foreign limited liability company may change the address of its registered office pursuant to Section 1-37.”
For reference, Section 1-36 and Section 1-37 simply detail how you should fill out the forms to file the change of registered agent.
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Illinois, 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 Illinois, an LLC can change its registered agent by either filing a Statement of Change form, or by amending its articles of organization. Both are simple documents with reasonable filing fees, 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 Illinois, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!