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How To Resign As A Registered Agent In Rhode Island

To resign as a registered agent in Rhode Island, you must send written notice of your resignation to the company that you had been representing. Then, deliver a statement of resignation of registered agent to the Rhode Island Secretary of State, Division of Business Services with $10 for processing in-person or by mail.

There is no official form to resign as a Rhode Island registered agent, and the Secretary of State will usually process your resignation within two business days.

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The Steps To Resign As A Rhode Island Registered Agent:

  1. To resign, the Rhode Island registered agent must provide written notice of their resignation to the company they had been representing.
  2. Then, submit a statement of resignation of registered agent to the Rhode Island Secretary of State in-person or via mail along with $10 for processing.
  3. If agent is resigning from a corporation, the state will immediately inform the company of the agent’s resignation by delivering notice to the registered office.

The Rhode Island registered agent’s resignation becomes effective thirty days after their statement of resignation is filed with the Secretary of State unless a later date is specified.

Items To Include On The Rhode Island Resignation Of Registered Agent

The following items must be on the Rhode Island registered agent’s statement of resignation:

  1. Name of business entity
  2. Name of registered agent
  3. Address of registered agent
  4. A statement that the agent resigns
  5. A statement that notice of the agent’s resignation has been sent to the entity
  6. Option to indicate a later effective date of resignation
  7. Date
  8. Signature of registered agent

Rhode Island Registered Agent Resignation FAQ

Must The Registered Agent Notify The Company Before Filing Resignation With Rhode Island?

It depends on whether the company the agent represents is a corporation or LLC. If the company is a corporation, the Rhode Island registered agent only has to file their resignation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of State will immediately notify the corporation. If the company is an LLC, the Rhode Island registered agent must first provide written notice of their resignation to the LCC, and then file a copy of the resignation with the state.

Is There A Fee To Resign As A Registered Agent In Rhode Island?

Yes. Although there is no official form or fee associated with the resignation of a Rhode Island registered agent, the Rhode Island Secretary of State charges a $10 fee for the processing of any statement not listed on their website. Make payment in-person via cash, credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express) or check. Credit cards incur a small transaction fee. Only checks are accepted via mail. Make checks payable to “Rhode Island Department of State”.

Can The Rhode Island Registered Agent File Their Resignation Online?

No. While many filings can be submitted online via the Secretary of State website, there is currently no way to file the resignation of a Rhode Island registered agent online.

How Long Does It Take The State To Process A Registered Agent Resignation In Rhode Island?

Standard processing time for the resignation of a Rhode Island registered agent is two business days. Expedited service is not available.

When Does A Registered Agent’s Resignation Become Effective In Rhode Island?

The Rhode Island registered agent’s resignation becomes effective thirty days after filing with the Secretary of State unless a later date is specified on the statement.

What If The Rhode Island Registered Agent Resigns While The Company Is Still Active?

Corporations and LLCs are required by Rhode Island state law to maintain a registered agent during the life of the company. If a Rhode Island company is without a registered agent for thirty days, the Secretary of State can revoke their certificate of formation or certificate of authority. To change registered agents, the Rhode Island company must submit a Change of Registered Agent form to the Secretary of State and include $20 (plus $2 if filing online).

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Which Rhode Island Agency Does The Registered Agent Send Their Resignation To?

Deliver the Rhode Island registered agent’s resignation and $10 in-person or by mail to:

Rhode Island Secretary of State
Division of Business Services
148 W. River St.
Providence, RI 02904-2615

For inquires call:
401-222-3040

Email: corporations@sos.ri.gov

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