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 Nevada.
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 Nevada.
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 Nevada Registered Agent?
A Nevada 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 Nevada. Each business entity operating in this state needs either a commercial or noncommercial registered agent ― the only exception is businesses where someone from within the company serves as the agent, which is referred to as a “represented entity” registered agent.
According to Chapter 77 of the Nevada Statutes, a commercial registered agent is “an individual or a domestic or foreign entity transacting business as a registered agent for 10 or more entities or any registered agent who elects be registered.” A noncommercial registered agent is “an individual or a domestic or foreign entity that serves in this State as the agent for service of process of an entity,” or “the individual who holds the office or other position in an entity that is designated as the agent for service of process.” Finally, a business owner serving as his or her own registered agent is simply referred to as a represented entity.
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a Nevada LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Nevada?
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 is only one option for Nevada limited liability companies to change their registered agent, and that’s to file a Statement of Change form.
Option 1) Filing a Statement of Change Form
In Nevada, an LLC that wants to change its registered agent needs to do so by filing a Statement of Change form with the Secretary of State. This form has three different versions depending on what type of registered agent the LLC has:
- Commercial Registered Agent Registration Statement of Change
- Statement of Change by Noncommercial Registered Agent
- Statement of Change of Registered Agent by Represented Entity
Each form has a $60 filing fee, and they can be filed via mail, fax, email, or in person.
Nevada has a convenient processing dates page on the Secretary of State’s website that lists which date’s submissions are currently being processed. As of this writing, the turnaround time for business filings in this state was two business days. Expedited filing is not available in Nevada.
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 Nevada
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. In Nevada, registered agent laws do not vary depending on entity type or classification, so all businesses follow the same rules and regulations.
According to Chapter 77, Section 340 of the Nevada Revised Statutes:
- “A represented entity may change the information currently on file pursuant to NRS 77.310 by filing with the Secretary of State a statement of change signed on behalf of the entity which states:
- The name of the entity; and
- The 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
- A similar filing changing the registered agent or registered office of the entity in any other jurisdiction.
- If a filing made pursuant to subsection 1 results in a change of the registered agent of the represented entity, the filing must include the information required pursuant to NRS 77.310.
- A statement of change filed under this section takes effect on filing.
- Instead of using the procedures in this section, a represented entity may change the information currently on file under NRS 77.310 by amending its most recent registered agent filing in the manner provided by the laws of this State other than this chapter for amending that filing.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Nevada, 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 Nevada, the only way to change an LLC’s registered agent is to file 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 Nevada, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!