How to Change Your Registered Agent in North Carolina
To change your registered agent in North Carolina, you must complete and file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent form with the North Carolina Secretary of State, Corporations Division. The North Carolina Statement of Change of a Registered Agent must be submitted by mail, in person, or online and costs $5 to file. When you hire Northwest to be your new registered agent, we will file your North Carolina Statement of Change of Registered Agent paperwork for you and pay the state filing fee.
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Steps to Changing Your North Carolina Registered Agent
If you would like to change your registered agent in North Carolina, you will need to complete the following three general steps:
- Select a new North 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 North Carolina Statement of Change of Registered Agent to the North Carolina Secretary of State, Corporations Division.
What are the options and different ways you can change your North Carolina registered agent?
To change your North Carolina registered agent for a business entity, submit form BE-06, Statement of Change of Registered Office and/or Registered Agent to the North Carolina Secretary of State, Corporations Division (SOS). File the statement of change by mail, in person or online and include a Coversheet for Corporate Filings form. Although the coversheet is only required for over-the-counter filings, it is helpful because if you provide an email address the SOS will notify you of any problems and send the certified copy after filing.
The North Carolina SOS accepts cash, certified checks, money orders, business or personal checks (with address and telephone number). Checks, etc. should be payable to the North Carolina Secretary of State.
The North Carolina SOS accepts credit cards for online filings.
You cannot change the registered agent service when you file the annual report online. If you try to make changes to the registered agent, you will have to print the form, get the registered agent’s signature on the annual report as changed, and then submit it to the SOS with payment.
You can also change your North Carolina registered agent when you file an amendment to the articles of incorporation or organization.
For the steps to take to ensure your former agent’s service and obligations come to an end, see our North Carolina registered agent resignation page.
Changing Your North Carolina Registered Agent FAQs
How much does it cost to change your registered agent in North Carolina?
The filing fee to change the registered agent for North Carolina corporations and LLCs is just $5.
Same day expedited processing is available for an additional $200 fee. Documents can be processed in 24 hours for a $100 expedite fee.
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 registered agent in North Carolina?
Regular processing takes North Carolina SOS about seven to ten business days when you file by mail.
Online filings are processed in 3-5 business days.
Same business day expedite (if received by noon) costs an additional $200.
24 hour expedite (excluding weekends/holidays) costs an additional $100.
How do I contact the North Carolina Secretary of State?
North Carolina Secretary of State
PO BOX 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903
Phone: (919) 807-2225
Fax: (919) 807-2039
What form do you file to change your registered agent in North Carolina?
There is one form to change the registered agent for all North Carolina business entity types. Just submit form BE-06, Statement of Change of Registered Office and/or Registered Agent to the North Carolina SOS.
The signed form is in your online account immediately, when you sign up for North Carolina registered agent service with Northwest. All you have to do is fill in your information and submit the form and fee to the North Carolina SOS.
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We have a team of North Carolina experts that know the in-and-outs of all business filings and what the North Carolina Secretary of State, Corporations Division 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 Statement 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 North Carolina forms located directly in your online account to make a filing in North 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™.