How to Change Your Registered Agent in Michigan
To change your registered agent in Michigan, you must complete and file a Certificate of Change of Registered Agent form with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The Michigan Certificate of Change must be submitted by mail or in person and costs $5 to file. When you hire Northwest to be your new registered agent, we will file your Michigan Certificate of Change of Registered Agent paperwork for you and pay the state filing fee.
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Steps to Changing Your Michigan Registered Agent
If you would like to change your registered agent in Michigan, you will need to complete the following three general steps:
- Select a new Michigan 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 Michigan Certificate of Change of Registered Agent to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
What are the options and different ways you can change your Michigan registered/resident agent?
You may change your Michigan resident agent when you file your annual report or statement, but it is cheap and easy to change your Michigan resident agent any time by filing the form, Certificate of Change of Registered Office and/or Change of Resident Agent, with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
For the steps to take to ensure your former agent’s service and obligations come to an end, see our Michigan registered agent resignation page.
Changing Your Michigan Registered Agent FAQs
How much does it cost to change your resident agent in Michigan?
The filing fee to change your Michigan resident agent is $5. If you choose expedited processing:
24 hours – $100
Same day – $200
Two hour – $500
One hour – $1000
Don’t want to pay the change of agent fee? Switch your registered agent to Northwest, 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 resident agent in Michigan?
Documents are processed by LARA in 3 to 5 business days. If you need to change your Michigan registered agent more quickly, fill out the Expedited Service Request form for each document.
24 hour review – is completed the following business day
Same day review – if you submit by 1 pm, filing is completed that day
Two hour review – if you submit by 3 pm, filing is completed within two hours
One hour review – if you submit by 4 pm, filing is completed within one hour
Can I be my own resident agent?
Yes, it is possible to be your own resident agent in Michigan. Note, however, that you’ll need to be available to accept documents during regular business hours, and your name and address will become part of the permanent public record of your business.
What form do you file to change your resident agent in Michigan?
The form, Certificate of Change of Registered Office and/or Change of Resident Agent is available on the LARA website or you’ll have access to the form in your online account immediately, when you sign up for Michigan resident agent service with Northwest. Use of LARA forms is optional. But you have to make sure you include the required information if you choose to draft your own documents.
If you are changing your resident agent, an authorized officer or agent of a corporation or a member or manager of an LLC must sign the form. If you are just changing the registered office, the resident agent may sign the form. The form may be filed by mail or in person. If you walk in your document you may choose to pay by VISA or MasterCard. If you mail your document, include a check or money order payable to “State of Michigan” with your documents. Include the business name and identification number on check or money order.
Submit one original. It will be returned to the registered office unless you choose a different address.
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Commercial Services
P.O. Box 30054 Lansing, MI 48909
2501 Woodlake Circle
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Expect More From a Registered Agent
We have a team of Michigan experts that know the in-and-outs of all business filings and what the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 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 Certificate 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 Michigan forms located directly in your online account to make a filing in Michigan.
- 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™.