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 Jersey.
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 Jersey.
NOTE: If you need help changing registered agents, the same services that are known for offering business formation services — like LegalZoom and Zen Business — can also take over registered agent duties and file the needed paperwork.
Who Can Be a New Jersey Registered Agent?
A New Jersey 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.
The state of New Jersey specifies that you must be 18 years or older to serve as a registered agent. According to the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, “The registered agent may be any individual, over eighteen years of age, who agrees to serve as agent, or any business in good standing with the State of New Jersey that agrees to serve as agent. Only one name may be listed for the registered agent.”
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a New Jersey 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 Jersey?
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.
For limited liability companies operating in New Jersey, the registered agent may be changed by filing a Request for Change of Registration Information form, or by indicating the change on your LLC annual report.
Option 1) Filing a Request for Change Form
The first option for changing an LLC’s registered agent in New Jersey is to file a Request for Change of Registration Information form. This form has a $25 fee, and it may be filed online, via mail, fax, or in person.
Option 2) Indicating the Change in the LLC’s Annual Report
Another option is to change the registered agent information in the LLC’s annual report. All business entities in the state of New Jersey must file annual reports, which are due on the last day of the anniversary month of the entity’s formation. The fee for this filing is $50, and it can only be filed online.
The standard processing time for in-person or faxed filings in New Jersey is within 8.5 business hours, although it should be noted that both of these options have a $25 expediting fee. Online submissions are typically processed within one business day, while mailed filings can take 2-3 weeks to process.
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 Jersey
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. New Jersey has a few different laws that regulate registered agents depending on your entity type, but all limited liability companies (whether foreign or domestic) follow the same statute.
Specifically, Title 42 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes states that:
- “A limited liability company or foreign limited liability company may change its registered office, its agent for service of process, or the address of its agent for service of process by delivering to the filing office for filing a statement of change containing:
- the name of the company;
- the street and mailing addresses of its current registered office;
- if the current registered office is to be changed, the street and mailing addresses of the new registered office;
- the name and street and mailing addresses of its current agent for service of process; and
- if the current agent for service of process or an address of the agent is to be changed, the new information.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of New Jersey, 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 Jersey, an LLC may change its registered agent by filing a Request for Change form, or by indicating the change on its annual report. 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 New Jersey, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!