Registered Agent Service in Alabama

What is an Alabama Registered Agent?

An Alabama registered agent is a third-party designated by a business to accept legal correspondence, tax notices and official documents from the state. Alabama state law requires every business entity to maintain an Alabama registered agent so that the Secretary of State and state courts have a reliable way of contacting a corporation or LLC. An Alabama registered agent is necessary to maintain compliance in the state and remain in good standing.

Why do I need an Alabama registered agent?

  • To become a legitimate, registered Alabama business, the state forces you to appoint a registered agent in Alabama. Sorry.
  • The Alabama Secretary of State will reject your filing if you don’t appoint an Alabama registered agent.
  • Basically, so the general public will have a reliable way to send important mail or legal notices to every registered Alabama business.

Why your life will be better if you hire us:

Yes, at first this Alabama registered agent service requirement feels like one more annoying expense and bureaucratic racket. We understand, and we’ve used this technical requirement as an opportunity to provide you something that will help you run your business. Here’s how:

  • Odds are you’ll struggle with your business filing on your own. It’s not personal, but you probably don’t do this every day, so we provide filing instructions, tips, order sheets, and the forms you should file in your online account.
  • Just call us! We’ll walk you through the process. We’re here to help. The people who answer the phone do this for a living. We’re not reading from a script and you’ll never get a salesperson.
  • This is only the beginning. Each year, you’ll have ongoing reports like the Alabama business privilege tax report. You can always see upcoming report dates for every state you have with us. We remind you based off of your real corporate data, as Alabama sees it and as the legislative laws change. We have the most sophisticated business compliance reminder system in our industry. We do the work for you programmatically on the backend and provide you not only with a reminder, but the forms to file populated with your info on them. No upsells.
  • Free tools. We provide all the corporate legal forms you need to maintain your corporation, LLC, nonprofit, charity, LLP, or any other type of Alabama business. You can enter your corporate data once, and use that data to populate all kinds of corporate forms like annual meetings, amendments, and new registrations in additional states. We don’t just send you a bill each year; we provide free online software that helps you maintain your company.

What makes Northwest different from other registered agent websites?

  • Big Data. You’ve heard the term and you should be scared of it. We don’t store your credit card. We don’t sell your data to others to make extra money.
  • This is serious! Your Alabama registered agent service is going to be your point of contact for serious legal notices. It only takes one screw-up to cause a real problem. We are the only national registered agent that locally scans everything into your online account in real time. We maintain our own commercial offices in each state, and when you hire us for Alabama registered agent service, we’ll scan everything from our office in Dothan, Alabama. We don’t just mail you a copy of your notice or email it to you. We have the most sophisticated calendaring response and tracking system of any Alabama registered agent service to help make sure you and whomever you want to be notified doesn’t just get a notice about something, but that you’re actually looking at your documents.
  • Privacy. When you make a purchase on this website, you’re actually hiring Northwest Registered Agent. This isn’t a game and this isn’t a decision to just make on a whim. When the general public or a government official wants to know who owns your company, your registered agent is who they will harass to find out. We have stringent privacy practices to keep your data private, trained staff who will not give away your information, and in-house data security professionals. We also stress test our own systems regularly, and we prosecute people who try to hack us.
  • Collections. Read the fine print. We pick up new clients switching Alabama registered agents every day because they’re annoyed by their current registered agent’s billing policies. We don’t send our clients to collections. If you don’t want to pay us, you don’t. We’ve never sent a client to collections. Our trademarked slogan is “We’re Just Not Annoying.” This isn’t just a slogan we made up, it’s our entire company policy.
  • We obviously think pretty highly of ourselves, but this is all we do. It’s not a line item on a profit and loss sheet. It’s not a dividend payment to our owners. It’s not an idea we hope will work out. And we sure as heck aren’t a massive corporate conglomerate looking for every penny of profit they can find with an army of salespeople. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those, but this is our lives. This isn’t just a job to us, it’s our passion.

What do Alabama registered agents do?

An Alabama registered agent needs to:

  • Have a physical address in Alabama.
  • Be open during business hours.
  • Accept documents on your behalf and get them to you.

A commercial Alabama registered agent should also provide tools that help you maintain your company.

What are the requirements for Alabama registered agents?

  • An AL registered agent has to be a resident or a company that provides registered agent services.
  • Have a registered office address that is a physical address located within the State of Alabama.
  • Accept legal documents for your company.

What is an Alabama registered agent?

An Alabama resident or corporation that has a registered office address in Alabama and is willing to accept legal documents on behalf of a company that has listed it as their AL registered agent.

Under Alabama state code § 10-2B-5.01, an Alabama registered agent service must have a physical address—a P.O. Box will not work.

How do I find an Alabama registered agent?

  • You can do an Alabama business name search on the state’s website
  • Type in the company name you are trying to look up.
  • Look at the AL registered agent name and registered office street address.

If you want to legally notify someone through their Alabama registered agent service, just send a certified letter directly to the registered agent name and registered office address.

How do I switch my registered agent service to Northwest?

  • You file a change of registered agent form and we get listed as your Alabama registered agent.
  • When you place an order with us, the change of registered agent form is available immediately.
  • It’s super easy, but for more specific info you can read our change Alabama registered agent page.

What kind of Alabama registered office will you provide me?

We provide a commercial registered office location in Dothan, Alabama.

How will I get my documents from you?

We locally scan everything to you in real time from our Dothan office. For more info on our document delivery system, we’ve created a registered agent infographic.

Can I use your Alabama registered office address to get my mail?

  • We don’t want all your business mail, that’s not what we do, but we want to try to help if at all possible.
  • The US Postal office might not deliver your mail reliably to us if you don’t have a lease at our address.
  • As the Alabama registered agent, things come directly to us, Northwest Registered Agent Service Inc., care of you.
  • If we do get mail for you though, we’ll scan it to you in real time.

Can I use your Alabama registered office address for everything on my filing?

Absolutely! We’re the only national registered agent service that allows our clients to list our addresses for everything when you’re doing a filing to keep your private addresses off of public records.

How do Alabama registered agents get served?

  • A process server, the sheriff, or any third party will walk into our office and hand us legal papers (service of process).
  • The process server then gives an affidavit to the court that they “served” us.

Service on a registered agent is legal proof that your business was notified. Regardless of if the company looks at the docs or even gets them from the Alabama registered agent services, you were technically notified. This is a serious responsibility that we do not take lightly.

Do I hire an Alabama registered agent service before or after I make the filing?

You should hire us first and then do your business registration filing, because you can’t form an LLC or corporation without an Alabama registered agent service. You’ll find all the Alabama forms and instructions you need to complete your filing instantly after you place an order.

How does Northwest’s registered agent service work in Alabama?

  • You sign up online at the top right corner of this page.
  • We’ll become your Alabama registered agent service after you make your business registration filing with the Alabama Secretary of State.
  • We collect the first year of the registered agent service fee up front.
  • About a year later, we’ll send you an invoice for another year of Alabama registered agent service. If you want to keep using us, great; if you don’t, you can easily cancel.
  • We make it easy to add registered agent services in other states.
  • We attempt to make your account a real go-to resource for you, not just for Alabama registered agent service or paying a bill, but for actually keeping up with Alabama corporate paperwork formalities.

How do I get started?

  • You place an order for Alabama registered agent service.
  • Access the forms you want to file.
  • You read our instructions and filing tips.
  • You file your LLC or corporation filings with the Alabama Secretary of State.
  • If after looking at our resources, you don’t want to make the filing yourself, you can place an order in your online account to have us do it for you.
  • The Alabama Secretary of State will process your filing.
  • We’ll be your Alabama registered agent service.

People that need registered agents in Alabama:

Some common types of business entities that need an Alabama registered agent include the Alabama LLCAlabama corporation, and Alabama nonprofit.

Registered Agent AL Service Includes:

  1. Registered agent services annual price: $125.
  2. Instant Alabama forms located directly in your online account to make a filing in Alabama.
  3. State resources in your registered agent service account, with self-filing instructions to help you.
  4. We’ll send multiple business privilege tax filing reminders, and you can always track your due dates in your online account.
  5. We locally scan ‘service of process’ and all documents to you in real-time for no added cost.
  6. And, most importantly…We’re just not annoying™.

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