Every limited liability company operating in the United States needs to designate a registered agent (also known as a “statutory agent” in the state of Ohio). Even after you identify your initial statutory agent in your formation paperwork, there are several reasons for why you may need to change the statutory agent for your LLC in Ohio.
Your statutory 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 statutory agent to a professional service that operates in all 50 states, or perhaps you’re simply unsatisfied with your current statutory agent’s service.
Whatever the reason may be, each state allows you to change your statutory 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 statutory agent in Ohio.
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 an Ohio Statutory Agent?
An Ohio statutory 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 statutory 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 statutory agent service.
No matter who you choose to be your statutory 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 statutory agent, but it’s wise to choose a statutory agent who is familiar with the serious responsibilities that come with this role.
There is no minimum age requirement on who can be a statutory agent in the state of Ohio. According to the Ohio Secretary of State, a statutory agent can be either:
- A natural person who is a resident of this state; or
- A domestic or foreign corporation, nonprofit corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited partnership association, professional association, business trust, or unincorporated nonprofit association that has a business address in this state.
For more general information regarding the role of a statutory agent with an Ohio LLC, we encourage you to check out our full guide on the topic.
What Is the Procedure for Changing Your LLC Statutory Agent in Ohio?
While the role of the statutory 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 Ohio, there’s only one way for a limited liability company to change its statutory agent, and that’s to file a Statutory Agent Update form with the Secretary of State.
Option 1) Filing a Statutory Agent Update Form
To change an LLC’s statutory agent in Ohio, you’ll need to file a Statutory Agent Update form. This form is the same regardless of business entity or domestic/foreign classification, and there is a $25 filing fee. You can file this form online, via mail, or in person.
The standard processing time for a business filing in Ohio is 3-7 business days. There are also three expediting options available in this state:
- Two-day service ($100)
- One-day service ($200) – only available to walk-in customers
- Four-hour service ($300) – only available to walk-in customers
Prefer to Have a Statutory Agent Service Handle Your Requirements?
A statutory agent service is a company that specializes in being a statutory 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 statutory 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 statutory 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 statutory agent for you.
If you’re interested in this option, we highly recommend Northwest Registered Agent.
The Law for Changing Your LLC Statutory Agent in Ohio
It’s always important to be well-informed regarding the specific laws for changing your statutory agent. In Ohio, statutory agent laws are separated by entity type, but not by classification. Therefore, all limited liability companies follow the same rules and regulations.
Specifically, Title 17, Chapter 1705 of the Ohio Revised Code states that “A limited liability company may revoke the appointment of its agent described in division (A) of this section by filing with the secretary of state, on a form prescribed by the secretary of state, a written appointment of another agent and an acceptance of appointment in the manner described in division (B)(2) of this section and a statement indicating that the appointment of the former agent is revoked.”
If you operate a limited liability company in the state of Ohio, you need to designate a statutory agent to receive important government document deliveries on your behalf. If you decide at any time that you would rather change your statutory agent to a different individual or business entity, it’s important to know what that process looks like.
In Ohio, the only way to change an LLC’s statutory agent is by filing a Statutory Agent Update form. It’s a simple document with a reasonable filing fee, but if you’d rather have a statutory agent service handle this task for you, you certainly have that option.
We hope this article helped you improve your understanding of changing a statutory agent in Ohio, and as always we thank you for choosing Registered Agent Ready!