Montana Registered Agent
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A Montana registered agent is a resident or company that maintains a physical address in the state and is willing to accept legal documents on behalf of a business. Montana businesses appoint a registered agent on their formation documents (i.e. articles of incorporation/organization).
What Do Montana Registered Agents Do?
- Accept documents on behalf of your business in Montana and forward them to you.
- MT registered agents need to have a physical address (no P.O. boxes) in the state of Montana where they can accept legal documents (service of process) and official mail. This location if called a registered office.
- Keep normal business hours.
Montana Registered Agent Requirements:
According to the Montana Model Registered Agents Act (§ 35-7-114), a registered agent must:
- Be able to accept legal documents.
- Have a physical, registered office address located within the state. No P.O. Boxes.
- A MT registered agent must be a Montana resident or a business that provides registered agent services.
Note: If a company’s Montana registered agent cannot be served after a reasonable attempt, the company’s secretary will be served at the company’s principal address. If your secretary cannot be reached, you may never know you were served.
Why Do I Need A Montana Registered Agent?
Registered agents are required by Montana for all registered businesses. The secretary of state will reject your business filing if you don’t appoint a registered agent. Basically, the registered agent requirement exists so there is a reliable way to contact your business.
How Do I Change My Registered Agent To Northwest?
In Montana, only someone who is authorized to file documents on behalf of your company can change your Montana registered agent. When you hire Northwest, we can file the Registered Agent Statement of Change for you, but we must be authorized to do so first. Once we have been granted the authority, we will file the Statement of Change online immediately.Hire Us
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Montana Registered Agent FAQs
Who Needs A Registered Agent In Montana?
What Makes Northwest Different From Other Registered Agent Services?
We are the only national registered agent that locally scans everything to you in real time. Through our Corporate Service Capsule, we’ll scan everything to you in real time. Your Montana registered agent service is going to be your point of contact for serious legal notices. We maintain our own registered offices in each state and when you hire us for Montana registered agent service, we’ll scan everything from our office in Whitefish, MT. And we don’t just email you a copy of your notice. Our service utilizes the most sophisticated calendaring response and tracking system of any Montana registered agent service to help make sure you, and whoever you want to be notified, you don’t just get a notice but that you’re actually reviewing the documents.
Privacy. When the general public or a government official wants to know who owns your company, your registered agent is who they’ll contact. We have tough privacy policies to keep your data private, trained staff who will not give away your information, and in-house data security professionals who stress test our own systems regularly. We also prosecute those who try to hack our system.
This isn’t just a job to us, it’s our passion. When you hire us for service, you’re actually hiring Northwest Registered Agent. Registered agent service isn’t 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 are definitely not some mega corporation grabbing at every last penny we can get our hands on.
Why Do I Need Northwest As My Registered Agent?
- State law requires all legitimate, registered businesses to appoint one.
- The secretary of state will reject your business filing if you don’t appoint a registered agent.
- A registered agent requirement gives the public and the state a reliable way to contact your business.
Should I Hire A Registered Agent In Montana Before Or After I Do My Filing?
First, sign up for registered agent service and then do your business registration filing with the secretary of state. The state won’t allow you to form an LLC or corporation without a Montana registered agent. Plus, you’ll find all the forms and instructions you need to complete your filing instantly after you sign up.
What’s Your Montana Registered Office Like?
We scan all documents locally from our office in downtown Whitefish, MT.
We scan all documents locally from our office in downtown Whitefish, MT.
We scan everything in real time at our local office. No forwarding to big processing centers or letting mail stack up for weeks.
Can I Send My Mail To Your Montana Registered Office?
- No, we are not a mail forwarding service, but we’ll try to help you if we can. Give us a call!
- The postal service might not deliver your mail to us if you don’t have a lease at our office.
- If we happen to get mail for you, however, we’ll scan it to you in real time.
Should I Use Your Registered Office Address In Montana On My Filing?
Your privacy is important to us. We’re the only national registered agent that allows our clients to list our address for everything. So when you do your filing with the state, you can keep your own address off public records.
How Do Montana Registered Agents Get Service Of Process?
Serving a registered agent is legal proof that you were notified of an event. It doesn’t matter if the company sees the documents or even gets them from their registered agent. You were notified if your registered agent signs for the documents; this is a responsibility we take seriously.
- A sheriff, process server, 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 stating that they “served” us.
How Do I Find A Montana Corporation Or LLCs Registered Agent?
Send a certified letter to the registered agent’s office address if you would like to legally notify someone through their Montana registered agent service.
- You can start with a Montana business name search on the state’s website
- Type in the company name you are trying to look up.
- Look at the MT registered agent name and registered office street address.
How Does Northwest’s Montana Registered Agent Service Work?
You sign up online (you’ll find the signup at the top of this page).
After you make your business registration filing with the Montana Secretary of State, we’ll become your registered agent.
We collect the first year’s $125 registered agent fee up front.
About a year later, we’ll send you an invoice for another year of Montana registered agent service. If you want to cancel then, you can easily do so.
We make it easy to add registered agent service for other states online.
Your online account is the place to go—not just for registered agent service or to pay a bill—for keeping up with corporate paperwork formalities for your Montana business.
Info Your Montana Registered Agent Should Help You Know And Understand:
As your Montana registered agent, we will receive your annual report notice every year. These will come in January or February, and are due April 15th. We will email and mail these to you and make sure you keep your company in good standing with the secretary of state. We also will receive any service of process or formal documents on your behalf and send you a real time email scan of what we receive. There is no extra charge for any of this.
If you are going to form an LLC or corporation with the Montana Secretary of State, you will need your Montana registered agent to sign your filing. The signatures do not have to be an original signature. The forms are pre-signed in your online account.
Normal filings take about 4-6 business days to process. The Montana Secretary of State offers a $20 expedite service which gets done in 1-2 days, and a 1 hour expedite for $100. We have an account with the state, so if you need something done in 1 hour, we can fax file and pay the $100 expedite, and you’ll have verification in 1 hour. This can be handy for contractors because a lot of big bids require you to prove registration with the state before you can win the bid. You will get an acknowledgment letter back in 1-2 weeks, but you can look yourself up online right away. All Montana state agencies except the Liquor Commission go by the online database.
Annual reports for Montana non profits are due April 15th of every year cost $15 and can be filed online.