How to Change Your Registered Agent in South Carolina
To change your registered agent in South Carolina, you must complete and file a Notice of Change of Registered Agent form with the South Carolina Secretary of State, Business Filings Division. The South Carolina Notice of Change of Registered Agent must be submitted by mail or in person and costs $10 to file. When you hire Northwest to be your new registered agent, we will file your South Carolina Notice of Change of Registered Agent paperwork for you and pay the state filing fee.
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Steps to Changing Your South Carolina Registered Agent
If you would like to change your registered agent in South Carolina, you will need to complete the following three general steps:
- Select a new South Carolina registered agent. If you hire Northwest for our registered agent service, you can just as well stop reading now. We’ll handle the state filing for you and pay your filing fee.
- Notify your former registered agent that you’re moving on.
- Complete and submit your South Carolina Notice of Change of Registered Agent to the South Carolina Secretary of State, Business Filings Division.
What are the options and different ways you can change your South Carolina registered agent?
To change a corporation’s South Carolina registered agent, or a South Carolina LLCs agent for service of process, submit a change of agent form to the South Carolina Secretary of State, Division of Business Registrations (SOS). There are different forms for corporations and LLCs. You can type on the forms or print in black ink. File the original form and a copy with the SOS.
Documents may be mailed (USPS, FedEx, etc.) or hand-delivered to the SOS. The South Carolina SOS accepts cash, personal checks, and money orders. They do not accept debit or credit cards. Checks should be payable to the Secretary of State’s Office.
For the steps to take to ensure your former agent’s service and obligations come to an end, see our South Carolina registered agent resignation page.
Changing Your South Carolina Registered Agent FAQs
How much does it cost to change your registered agent in South Carolina?
There is a $10 filing fee to change your corporation or LLCs South Carolina registered agent.
Don’t want to pay the change of agent fee? Switch your registered agent to Southwest, and we’ll pay the change of agent fee to switch to us! Just sign up for registered agent service. You’ll see the pre-populated change of agent form in your online account. Fill it out with your company info, sign it, and email or mail it to us, and we’ll get it filed with the state. It’s that simple!
How long does it take the state to process and complete the change of registered agent in South Carolina?
The South Carolina SOS processes documents within two business days. It can take longer when the SOS is busier than usual. If you submit in duplicate and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, the SOS will mail a filed copy back to you.
How do I contact the South Carolina Secretary of State?
South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office
Attn: Business Filings Division
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
M-F, 8:30 – 4:45
Phone: (803) 734-2158
What form do you file to change your registered agent in South Carolina?
To change the registered agent for a South Carolina corporation, file a Notice of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent or Both of a South Carolina or Foreign Corporation.
To change the registered agent for a South Carolina LLC, file a Notice of Change of Designated Office or Agent for Service of Process, or Address of Agent – Limited Liability Company.
The pre-populated forms are in your online account immediately, when you sign up for South Carolina registered agent service with Northwest.
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We have a team of South Carolina experts that know the in-and-outs of all business filings and what the South Carolina Secretary of State requires. As your registered agent we don’t wait around on any legal correspondence we receive on your behalf, we immediately scan it to your secure online portfolio so you can view it anytime, anywhere. Switch to Northwest Registered Agent today and we will file your Notice of Change of Registered Agent form and pay your filing fee, all in less than a business day.
- Instant registered agent services annual price: $125.
- Instant South Carolina forms located directly in your online account to make a filing in South Carolina.
- State resources in your registered agent service account, with self-filing instructions to help you.
- We send multiple annual report reminders, and you can also track your due dates in your online account.
- We locally scan ‘service of process’ and all documents to you in real-time for no added cost.
- And, most importantly…We’re just not annoying™.