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 Utah.
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 Utah.
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 Utah Registered Agent?
A Utah 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 Utah. The Utah Secretary of State website notes that a commercial 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. A Commercial Registered Agent needs to register with the Division of Corporations as a Commercial Registered Agent. If you wish to be a Commercial Registered Agent, you should currently be the registered agent for several business entities.”
Not all registered agents in Utah are commercial registered agents though, as you can also appoint a noncommercial registered agent. The only difference is that a commercial registered agent submits a Commercial Registered Agent Application form and pays a $52 fee. This filing gets the registered agent a listing in the state database, but has no other distinctions from a noncommercial agent.
For more general information regarding the role of a registered agent with a Utah LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Registered Agent in Utah?
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 Utah, the only way a limited liability company can change its registered agent is by filing a Registration Information Change form with the Department of Commerce.
Option 1) Filing a Registration Information Change Form
If you operate an LLC in Utah, you will need to file a Limited Liability Company Registration Information Change Form. This form has a filing fee of $15, but if you file a Registration Information Change as an attachment to your annual report, the state will waive the fee. Most businesses file this form online, although you also have the option to submit it via mail, fax, or in person.
According to the Utah Department of Commerce website, “any changes made online will update in the database the very next business day.” Paper filings are not too common in Utah these days, so all they say about processing times for that option is that “filling out the form may take longer to process than doing the same thing via the internet.”
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 Utah
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your registered agent. Registered agent laws in Utah do not vary depending on your business entity type or your domestic/foreign classification, so all businesses follow the same rules and regulations.
For specifics, we can look to Title 16, Chapter 17 of the Utah Code, which states:
- “A represented entity may change the information currently on file under Subsection 16-17-203(1) by filing with the division 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.
- The appointment of a registered agent pursuant to Subsection (1) is an affirmation by the represented entity that the agent has consented to serve as such.
- A statement of change filed under this section takes effect on filing.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Utah, 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 Utah, there’s only one option for changing a registered agent, and that’s to file the state’s Registration Information Change form. 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 Utah, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!