Nevada Registered Agent Service

What is a Nevada registered agent?

A Nevada registered agent is appointed by a business entity to accept service of process and official mail on its behalf. The registered agent must have a physical location in Nevada where they accept such documents.

Why do I need a registered agent in Nevada?

According to Nevada law, business entities formed with the Nevada Secretary of State must appoint a registered agent. This law is built around the notion of due process and that lawsuits can’t move forward in court unless a business has been properly notified. Your Nevada registered agent serves as your business’ official point of contact with Nevada Secretary of State and the legal world. Having a reliable, tech-savvy registered agent service ensures you stay on top of any official notices or services of process for your business.

What does my Nevada registered agent do?

  • Nevada is one of the nation’s most popular states for forming a business. By requiring businesses to have a registered agent, the state of Nevada accomplishes two objectives:
    • The state ensures there is a viable way to contact each business, without having the hassle of tracking down an individual.
    • It also is able to verify that the business received its mail or service of process, as the Nevada registered agent is legally required to notify the Nevada secretary of state if they change their address, and the registered agent must sign for any service of process he or she receives.
  • Your registered agent should have a secure system in place to immediately notify you of legal documents they receive on your business’ behalf. Northwest offers you an online account to help manage and organize these documents, and we also offer an extensive set of delivery options. With so many communication options today (cell, voip, text, apps, multiple emails, etc.) it’s important to have choices that suit how you want to receive notifications.
  • Anyone wanting to properly notify your company will look up your business’ information and send a complaint or notice to your Nevada registered gent. Your registered agent should have a reliable, commercial address and office and be open during business hours to accept any documents for your business. Your Nevada registered agent should also make sure you receive the documents, see the documents, and most importantly, understand the documents.
  • Your registered agent receives all the notices from the Nevada secretary of state for filing annual reports. The Nevada secretary of state will call and talk to your registered agent if they have any questions about your corporation or LLC, and if the secretary of state needs to get a hold of you, they’ll be calling your registered agent in Nevada.
  • If you want your registered agent to file the formation paperwork for your Nevada corporation or LLC, they can. What many people see as the advantage of having a registered agent file their paperwork is in most states it keeps their name and address off the public record, but in Nevada, the secretary of state requires corporations to list their directors, and for LLCs to list their managers and members. So, this tactic to maintain some level of privacy doesn’t work very well in Nevada. There’s no requirement to hire someone to form your corporation or LLC.

Can I be my own registered agent in Nevada?

Yes, you can be your own registered agent in Nevada. A Nevada registered agent (according to Nevada state law) must be a Nevada resident or business entity with a physical address in Nevada where the registered agent will keep regular business hours and accept hand-delivered services of process (no P.O. Boxes). Be aware, though, that if your business is sued and you are your own registered agent, the sheriff, deputy, or process server will be delivering the lawsuit to your home or place of business which can be distracting, if not embarrassing. But if you’d like to save some money while forming a new company, the main requirement is that you live in Nevada and you’re willing to list your address and name on public documents. (Nevada and its court system don’t want to have to track down companies all over the country. That’s why the registered agent must have a physical address in Nevada).

Why should I hire a registered agent service in Nevada?

  • If your business is web-based or doesn’t have a physical presence in Nevada, the business will still need a registered agent located in the state of Nevada.
  • Some Nevada business owners hire registered agent services because their business doesn’t keep regular business hours in which service of process or official mail can be delivered.
  • Privacy. Many business owners don’t want to use their home or business address as a point of contact, so they hire a registered agent.
  • Avoid distractions and complications. Listing an employee or family member as your registered agent could create a lot of hassle, as they may be the last person you want knowing intimate details of lawsuits concerning your business. Or worse, having a process server hand them a document is proof that you received the document, no matter if your registered agent actually delivers it to you in a timely fashion. You could miss a court deadline without ever knowing it.
  • If you don’t want the added responsibility of tracking mail and notices from the Nevada secretary of state, you can hire a registered agent to track the important paperwork for you. Having an online account to help maintain your business is often worth the nominal registered agent fee.

How much does Northwest Registered Agent charge for its Nevada registered agent service?

$125 per year. No hidden fees, plus automatic discounts for more states and companies as your portfolio grows.

What does Northwest Registered Agent offer me in return for $125?

  • We have the most extensive alert system in the business. Seriously. If you want us to remind you (or anyone else you elect to be responsible for the documents) until you actually look at these documents, we can accomplish this. We do not take our responsibility lightly. When we receive a document for you, it starts a serious timeline and over the course of the next week, you’ll get regular emails, phone calls, faxes, texts, and lastly mailed notices to look at your lawsuit. We can notify your attorney in real time for certain documents and other people of importance as well. You can customize the whole experience down to who gets notified about what type of document. For heavy volume lawsuit clients, we even have a special management portal where all your docs are OCR’d and customizable to meet your needs.
  • When we receive a notice from the state of Nevada or a service of process for your business, within minutes we will scan the documents at our Nevada office and upload the documents to your account online. When this happens, you will instantly receive an email prompting you to log into your account to view the documents. We’re the only national registered agent service that uploads everything locally in Reno, NV to your account in real time (see our Registered Agent Infographic).
  • We also send you reminders when any business reports to the Nevada secretary of state are due. We don’t try to upsell your annual report to you or dupe you into having us file it and mark it up. We give you the link, the form, and the instructions to do it yourself and save.
  • Once you hire Northwest Registered Agent, you will also have instant access to your online account. There, you’ll find every Nevada state form you could file, and each form is pre-populated with our information. We also include ordering sheets and all kinds of state forms that aren’t easy to find.
  • On top of that, you’ll also find instructions and tips from our business professionals on the best ways to file forms with the states and make payments to the state with no additional markup.
  • Plus, if you have questions concerning your business entity, you can call us at no additional charge and a real, live, knowledgeable human being will provide you with answers—we’re customer service at its best.
  • We’re national, so you can add as many states as you need to get registered in and the forms to file and instructions are always there. Plus, as you register in more states, you get an automatic discount. Having one vendor manage all your companies in one account will save you a lot of headaches.

How does Nevada know who my registered agent is?

When you form an LLC or corporation in Nevada, you will file official paperwork (articles of incorporation for corporations, articles of organization for an LLC) with the NV Secretary of State. These certificates specifically ask for the name and address of your Nevada registered agent.

Nevada’s articles of incorporation ask that I list the registered office. What is that?

The registered office is the actual, physical address of the Nevada registered agent. This is where official mail and services of process will be sent. This is also the address that will be listed as the business’ contact on the NV secretary of state’s public records (Nevada does require that corporation’s list the names and addresses of the officers; LLCs are required to list names and addresses—both can list the registered agent’s address as their physical address).

Are there any business entities in Nevada that aren’t required have a registered agent?

Sole proprietorships are the only business types that aren’t required to have a Nevada registered agent because they aren’t officially formed with the secretary of state. But sole proprietorships also don’t provide business owners any of the limited liability or potential tax benefits that come with an official business entity.

Should I hire a registered agent before forming my corporation or LLC?

Yes. You won’t be able to form your Nevada corporation or Nevada LLC with the Nevada secretary of state if you don’t have a registered agent in Nevada. Although some are confused when they hire a registered agent before forming their business, as the registered agent will ask for their business’ name, there’s no need worry. After hiring your Nevada registered agent (or appoint yourself or other individual), if you find that your proposed business name isn’t available with the secretary of state, you can choose another one via a free business name search, and then let your registered agent know. He or she should make the appropriate changes without breaking a sweat.

Sometimes I see the name registered agent, resident agent, or statutory agent. Is there a difference?

Nope—the job of the registered agent is the same no matter what they’re called. Documentation from the secretary of state will always name them as registered agents.

What if I never get sued? Does your Nevada registered agent provide any additional services?

Absolutely! Don’t think of fees paid for a registered agent service as money down the drain. Your registered agent should also keep you updated on any reports due to the state. If you hire Northwest Registered Agent, we’ll provide you with any form you could file in Nevada instantly in your online account. There, you also find helpful tips for filing forms and paying the state, as well as amazing customer service. If you add service to cover multiple states with us, you’ll be able to easily see your annual report dates in every state in your account.

What if I get sued all the time? Does Northwest Registered Agent charge additional fees?

Northwest Registered Agent doesn’t charge more for high volume clients. If you’re going to be served a trillion times a year, we should create a custom price for you that makes sense for both of us. Our typical clients, who receive less than 15 law suits a year, never pay additional fees.

How is a registered agent in Nevada served with a lawsuit?

A process server will deliver instructions for responding to the lawsuit, which is known as a summons notice, and a complaint form, which describes who is suing, the reason they’re suing, and what the person or entity suing you want in compensation. All this is delivered to your Nevada registered agent’s address. Your registered agent signs any of process server’s documents acknowledging receipt of the lawsuit. If you’ve hired us, within minutes of receiving service of process, we’ll upload the document to your account. You’ll instantly receive an email prompting you to log into your account and securely view your document.

So I can really hire Northwest Registered Agent for only $125 a year and there are no hidden fees?

Absolutely. In minutes, you can fill out our simple signup form and have access to your online account instantly.

What if I already have a registered agent, but I want to switch to Northwest Registered Agent? Can you help me?

Definitely. Call us or for more information or you can read up here on the process to change your Nevada Registered Agent. We’ll even pay and file the change of agent filing for you.

How much extra does Northwest charge to form my corporation or LLC in Nevada?

$100 plus the state filing fees.

Do I really need hire someone else to do my Nevada filing?

No. Part of the reason people incorporate in Nevada is because the formation documents require little information and are easy to file online through the secretary of state’s website. But this really depends on your comfort level filing government forms, which might sound scary, but throughout our website you’ll find all the resources you need to help you complete your filing.

One thing to remember in Nevada is that the person who submits the filing has to have their name on the corporate paperwork. If you hire a service like Northwest Registered Agent to submit the filing for you, our name is there instead of yours. (You can use our physical address when the forms request the members’ or officers’ physical addresses as well.) But if listing your own information doesn’t bug you, there’s no point in paying someone to file your company’s paperwork for you.

Also, keep in mind that if you do hire us as your registered agent, in your online account you’ll find all the forms you need to create your corporation or LLC with the state of Nevada. All forms are pre-populated with our information and you’ll find some helpful tips to make forming your business as simple as possible. We also offer help filing online with the secretary of state in Nevada.

Registered Agent NV Service Includes:

  1. Instant registered agent services annual price: $125.
  2. Instant Nevada forms located directly in your online account to make a filing in Nevada.
  3. State resources in your registered agent service account, with self-filing instructions to help you.
  4. We send multiple annual list & business license reminders, and you can also 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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