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 Oregon.
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 Oregon.
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 Oregon Registered Agent?
An Oregon 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 Oregon does not specify an age limit to act in this role. Specifically, the laws stated in 2017 ORS 63.111 Registered office and registered agent note that a registered agent must be:
- An individual who resides in this state and whose business office is identical to the registered office;
- A domestic limited liability company, a domestic corporation, a domestic professional corporation or a domestic nonprofit corporation, the business office of which is identical to the registered office; or
- A foreign limited liability company, foreign corporation, foreign professional corporation or foreign nonprofit corporation that is authorized to transact business in this state, the business office of which is identical to the registered office.
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with an Oregon LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Oregon?
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 Oregon, a limited liability company may change its registered agent by filing an Information Change form, or by indicating the change in its annual renewal.
Option 1) Filing an Information Change Form
The first option for changing an LLC’s registered agent in Oregon is to file an Information Change form with the Secretary of State. This form does not have a filing fee, and it can be filed via mail, fax, FedEx, or in person.
Option 2) Indicating the Change in the LLC Annual Renewal
Oregon limited liability companies can also change their registered agent by indicating this change in the LLC’s annual renewal form. This filing is due by the anniversary date of the company’s registration in Oregon, and the fee is $100 for domestic LLCs and $275 for foreign LLCs. The annual renewal may be filed online, or you can print off the form and mail it in.
The state of Oregon has a “Filing Waiting Times” feature on the Secretary of State’s website. As of this writing, online filings had an estimated one-hour turnaround, while mailed or faxed filings had a standard processing time of three business days.
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 Oregon
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. In Oregon, registered agent laws vary depending on business entity type, but not by domestic/foreign classification, so all limited liability companies can follow the same rules and regulations.
According to Chapter 63, Section 114 of the Oregon Revised Statutes,
- “A limited liability company may change its registered office or registered agent by delivering to the office of the Secretary of State for filing a statement of change that sets forth:
- The name of the limited liability company;
- If the registered office is to be changed, the address including street and number of the new registered office;
- If the registered agent is to be changed, the name of the new registered agent and that the new agent has consented 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.
- The filing of the statement by the Secretary of State shall terminate the existing registered office or agent, or both, on the effective date of the filing and establish the newly appointed registered office or agent, or both, as that of the limited liability company.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Oregon, 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 Oregon, an LLC may change its registered agent by filing an Information Change form, or by indicating the change in the LLC’s annual renewal. They’re both 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 Oregon, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!