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 Tennessee.
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 Tennessee.
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 Tennessee Registered Agent?
A Tennessee 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 Tennessee. According to Title 48, Chapter 208 of the Tennessee Code, a registered agent in this state must be:
An individual who resides in this state, a domestic corporation, a not-for-profit domestic corporation, an LLC, or a foreign corporation, not-for-profit foreign corporation, or foreign LLC authorized to transact business in this state. The registered agent must maintain a business office that is identical with the registered office.
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a Tennessee LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Tennessee?
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 Tennessee, there are three ways for a limited liability company to change its registered agent. You can file a Change of Registered Agent/Office form, you can amend your LLC’s articles of organization, or you can include the change in your company’s annual report.
Option 1) Filing a Change of Registered Agent/Office Form
The first option for changing an LLC’s registered agent in Tennessee is to file a Change of Registered Agent/Office form with the Department of State. This form has a filing fee of $20, and you can file it in person, via mail, or online.
Option 2) Indicating the Change in the LLC’s Annual Report
Another way to change the registered agent of a Tennessee LLC is to change this information in the annual report. Most businesses are required to file these reports by April 1, although your due date could vary depending on your fiscal year. The filing fee for an LLC’s annual report varies depending on how many owner/members your LLC has, as there is a $50 per LLC member per year fee for the annual report, with a $300 minimum. You can file this report in person, via mail, or online.
Option 3) Amend the Articles of Organization
Finally, a Tennessee LLC may also change its registered agent by filing the Articles of Amendment to Articles of Organization for domestic entities, or the Application for Amended Certificate of Authority form for foreign entities. These forms both have $20 filing fees, and they can be filed via mail, online, or in person.
You can see information about Tennessee’s processing times at the top of the Secretary of State’s “Business Services Online” webpage. As of this writing, the state was averaging an impressive next-day turnaround time.
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 Tennessee
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. Tennessee’s registered agent laws vary depending on the type of business entity, but not by domestic/foreign classification. This means that all limited liability companies in Tennessee follow the same rules and regulations for registered agent changes.
Specifically, Title 48, Chapter 208 of the Tennessee Code says:
- “A foreign or domestic LLC may change its registered office or registered agent by delivering to the secretary of state for filing a statement of change that sets forth:
- The name of the LLC;
- If the current registered office is to be changed, the street address of the new registered office and the zip code for such office and the county in which the office is located;
- If its current registered agent is to be changed, the name of its new 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 Tennessee, 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 Tennessee, an LLC may change its registered agent by filing a Change of Registered Agent/Office form, by amending its articles of organization or certificate of authority, or by indicating the change in its annual report. They’re all relatively simple documents, 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 Tennessee, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!