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 New Hampshire.
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 New Hampshire.
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 New Hampshire Registered Agent?
A New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire. According to Title 27, Chapter 293 of New Hampshire state law, a registered agent in this state may be:
- an individual who resides in this state and whose business office is identical with the registered office; or…
- a corporation whose business office is identical with the registered office; or…
- a limited liability company whose business office is identical with the registered office; or…
- a limited liability partnership whose business office is identical with the registered office.
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a New Hampshire LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in New Hampshire?
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 New Hampshire, the only ways to change a limited liability company’s registered agent are to file a standalone Statement of Change form with the Corporation Division, or including the change in the LLC’s annual report.
Option 1) Filing a Statement of Change Form
Any LLC operating in New Hampshire can change its registered agent by filing a Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent or Both form. This form has a $15 fee, and it can be submitted either by mail or in person.
Option 2) Including the Change With the LLC’s Annual Report
If the change of registered agent takes place between January 1 and April 1, the company may include the registered agent change with its annual report. We will note that it is still necessary to file a Statement of Change form, but if filed as part of the annual report process, there is no fee for this filing. The annual report itself costs $100, and it must be filed online.
New Hampshire does not list turnaround times on their website, so we called the Corporation Division’s information line. They told us that mailed filings take 2-3 weeks to process, whereas online filings are usually processed within 1-2 business days, but can take up to a week. You also have the option to file documents in person, which has a $25 additional fee, but your filing will be processed within 30 minutes.
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 New Hampshire
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. In New Hampshire, registered agent laws are separated by business entity type, but not by classification, so all limited liability companies follow the same law.
Specifically, Title 28, Chapter 304 of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes says:
- “A limited liability company may change its registered office or registered agent, or both, by filing with the secretary of state a statement setting forth:
- The name of the limited liability company;
- The street address of its current registered office;
- If the street address of its registered office is to be changed, the street address to which the registered office is to be changed;
- The name and address of its current registered agent;
- If its registered agent is to be changed, the name and address of its successor registered agent; 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 New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire, an LLC can change its registered agent by filing a Statement of Change, either as a standalone filing or as part of the LLC’s annual report. Either way, 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 New Hampshire, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!