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 Kentucky.
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 Kentucky.
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 Kentucky Registered Agent?
A Kentucky 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 to serve as a registered agent in Kentucky, and this state has minimal rules and regulations in general regarding who can be an agent. For the specifics, let’s take a look at the Kentucky Statutes, specifically Chapter 14A, which states that a registered agent may be:
- “An individual who resides in this Commonwealth and whose business address is identical with the registered office; or
- An entity or foreign entity qualified to transact business in this Commonwealth whose business address is identical with the registered office.”
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a Kentucky LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Kentucky?
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.
There’s only one way to change registered agents for a Kentucky limited liability company, and that’s to file a Statement of Change form.
Option 1) Filing a Statement of Change Form
Any LLC in Kentucky can change its registered agent by filing the Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Address form, which has a $10 filing fee. The document may be filed online, via mail, or in person.
Most documents are processed the same day they are received, but “it may take up to three business days.” The state doesn’t mention having expedited service available, but their standard processing times are faster than most other states to begin with.
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 Kentucky
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. The registered agent laws in Kentucky do not vary based on business entity type or classification, so the same law applies to all entities.
According to Chapter 14A, Subchapter 4 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, any business entity in Kentucky may change its registered agent by providing the Secretary of State with a statement that sets forth the following information:
- “The name of the entity or foreign entity;
- The street address of its current registered office;
- If the current registered office is to be changed, the street address of the new registered office;
- The name of its current registered agent;
- If the current registered agent is to be changed, the name of the new registered agent and the new agent’s written consent to the appointment; and
- That after the change or changes are made, the street addresses of its registered office and the business office of its registered agent will be identical.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Kentucky, 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 Kentucky, the only way for an LLC to change its registered agent is by filing a Statement of Change form with the Secretary of State. 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 Kentucky, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!