How to Be Your Own Registered Agent in Nebraska
You’re required to maintain a registered agent for your Nebraska business. Here’s how to be your own:
When you form a business in Nebraska, the state asks that you have a registered agent. The registered agent is an individual or business that is responsible for accepting mail on behalf of your business; this includes annual reports, mail, and service of process.
How and when do I get a registered agent for my Nebraska business?
If you have not yet formed a Nebraska business, you can become your own registered agent when you fill out the formation documents. There is space on the formation documents for the address and name of the business’ registered agent; put your information here. Once the documents are filed with the state, you are officially registered agent for your Nebraska business.
What if I already have a registered agent?
If you already have a registered agent for your business, then you will need to file a Domestic Change of Registered Agent and/or Office form (there are different forms for LLCs, corporations, and non-profit corporations).
On this form you must write in your current registered agent’s information as well as the new information it will change to—which will be your name and physical street address. There is a $15 filing fee for for-profit corporations and LLCs, and $10 for nonprofits. Send the form and fee in to:
Secretary of State
Room 1301 State Capitol, P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509
What are the requirements for being your own registered agent in Nebraska?
If you plan to act as your own Nebraska registered agent, know that there are some important rules you must adhere to:
- You must have a physical street address in Nebraska. A PO Box won’t do. The state wants to be assured that there is an actual address that you can be found at in case your business is served.
- You must keep regular business hours. These business hours must be kept at your physical street address in Nebraska so that you can be reached at a normal time, consistently.
- Your business cannot be its own registered agent. While you as an individual person can be the registered agent for your business, the business cannot act as its own agent. Another business can, however (such as a commercial registered agent company).
Some final thoughts:
If you can stick to the above guidelines, then you can act as your own registered agent for your Nebraska business. Just remember: once you have filed those documents with your name and address on them, they are searchable public knowledge. You must also be fine with process server knocking on your door.