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How To Resign As A Registered Agent In South Carolina

To resign as a registered agent in South Carolina, you must submit the original and two copies of a Resignation of Agent for Service of Process form online, by mail or in-person to the South Carolina Secretary of State, Business Filings Division.

There are different forms depending on entity type. The fee to resign as a South Carolina registered agent is $3, and the fee to discontinue the registered office is an additional $2. Resignations submitted by mail or in-person are processed in 2-3 business days, and resignations submitted online are processed in 24 hours or less.

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The Steps To Resign As A South Carolina Registered Agent:

  1. To resign, the South Carolina registered agent must submit the original and two copies of a Resignation of Agent for Service of Process form online, by mail or in-person to the South Carolina Secretary of State, Business Filings Division. Use the appropriate form depending on entity type. Include $5 for processing if you would like to resign and discontinue the registered office or just $3 to resign as agent and keep the registered office.
  2. The South Carolina Secretary of State will mail a copy of the resignation to the company’s registered office, if not discontinued, and another copy to its principal office.

The South Carolina registered agent’s resignation becomes effective as of the 31st day after the statement is filed with the South Carolina Secretary of State, Business Filings Division.

If the entity is not dissolving you’ll also need to change your South Carolina registered agent to appoint your new agent. Need a new agent? Check out our registered agent service.

Items To Include On The South Carolina Resignation Of Registered Agent

The following items must be on the South Carolina registered agent’s statement:

  1. Name of company
  2. Date of incorporation
  3. A statement that the registered agent resigns
  4. Indicate whether the registered office will also be discontinued
  5. Date
  6. Name of registered agent
  7. Signature of registered agent

South Carolina Registered Agent Resignation FAQ

Must The Registered Agent Notify The Company Before Filing Resignation With South Carolina?

No. After the South Carolina registered agent files their resignation with the state, the Secretary of State will mail one copy of the statement to the company at their registered office, if not discontinued, and another copy to their principal office.

Is There A Fee To Resign As A Registered Agent In South Carolina?

Yes. The fee for a South Carolina registered agent’s resignation is $3. If the registered office will also be discontinued, there is an additional $2 fee. Payment can be made via cash, check or money order. Make check payable to “South Carolina Secretary of State”. Credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover) and debit cards are accepted if filing online.

Can The South Carolina Registered Agent File Their Resignation Online?

Yes. The registered agent’s resignation may be submitted online through the South Carolina Secretary of State Business Entities Online website.

How Long Does It Take The State To Process A Registered Agent Resignation In South Carolina?

The resignation of a South Carolina registered agent can be processed in 1-3 business days. Business filings submitted online to the South Carolina Secretary of State are processed within the same or next business day, and you will receive instant confirmation of your submission. Paper filings will be processed within 2-3 business days.

When Does A Registered Agent’s Resignation Become Effective In South Carolina?

The South Carolina registered agent’s resignation becomes effective as of the 31st day after the statement is filed with the Secretary of State.

What If The South Carolina Registered Agent Resigns While The Company Is Still Active?

Corporations and LLCs are required by South Carolina state law to maintain a registered agent during the life of the company. If a South Carolina company is without a registered agent, the Secretary of State will mail written notice to the company informing them that they are without an agent. If the company does not appoint a new registered agent within sixty days of the date the warning was mailed, the company can be administratively dissolved. To change registered agents, submit a Notice of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent or Both with $10 for processing to the South Carolina Secretary of State.

What’s The Simplest Way To Resign As A Registered Agent In South Carolina?

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Which South Carolina Agency Does The Registered Agent Send Their Resignation To?

Submit the South Carolina registered agent’s statement of resignation online, by mail or in-person with payment for processing to:

South Carolina Secretary of State Business Entities Online

South Carolina Secretary of State
ATTN: Business Filings Division
1205 Pendleton St., Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

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