In New Hampshire, like in almost all the other states, you need a registered agent to receive the various official documents, tax forms, and even summons that may be sent to your corporation. It’s a crucial job, which is why it’s mandatory in most states. You can’t start and run a business in New Hampshire without a registered agent.
Who Can Be a Registered Agent in New Hampshire?
Before you replace your current agent, you need to think about the replacement so you enjoy a smooth transition. For the agent you need, several requirements must be met. First of all, they can be any of the following:
- An individual adult (at least 18 years old) who is a resident of New Hampshire
- A business entity (such as a professional registered agent service) based in New Hampshire.
- A foreign registered agent business entity that’s authorized to do business in New Hampshire.
Whether it’s an individual or a business entity, the agent must also have a New Hampshire street address. This means a physical location, in which there will always be someone to receive the official documents for your corporation during business hours. It can’t be just a P.O. box.
Steps to Change Registered Agent
There are two ways in which you can change your registered agent in the State of New Hampshire. First, you can choose to apply for Form 10, aka the Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent or Both in the State of New Hampshire, and then submit the completed form to the Department of State in the State of New Hampshire. The second option is for you to make the change (your registered agent) in your annual report which you can complete through the New Hampshire Online Filing System.
You’ll be required to make a payment of 15 dollars fee alongside the documents you’ll submit if you’re changing your Registered Agent in the State of New Hampshire by filling in Form 10. Submitting an annual report through the New Hampshire Online Filing System costs 100 dollars.
Info to Put In
You will be required to enter the following information:
- Name of your LLC or business as it is registered with the Department of the State of New Hampshire in its Articles of Organization.
- Number of your LLC or business as it is registered with the Secretary of the State of New Hampshire in its Articles of Organization
- The name and complete business or residential address of the new registered agent for your business.
- The name and complete business or residential address of the current registered agent for your business.
- The signature of the consent of the new registered agent.
The form has guides and tips to help make sure you put in the exact information asked for. Just read the directions carefully and follow them exactly.
You can submit the change of registered agent request online, through the mail, or in person.
If you’re filing through the mail, you’ll complete the documents attach a check of 15 dollars fee made payable to the “State of New Hampshire”, and send them to the address:
Corporation Division, NH Dept. of State
107 N. Main Street, Room 204
Concord, NH 03301-4989.
You can also submit the completed form alongside the 15 dollars check in person to the address:
State House Annex 3rd Floor, Rm 317
25 Capitol St
Concord, New Hampshire 03301-4989.
Keep in mind that the State of New Hampshire will take between 5 to 8 days after your documents have been received to complete the process of changing your registered agent.
Should You Hire a Professional?
This will actually be a lot easier if you’re planning on sifting to a professional registered agent service. The best ones offer exemplary service at extremely reasonable rates. Often, you’re able to download the needed forms with pre-filled information about the service to save time and effort. Northwest Registered agent is one of the most popular companies for this job.
With professionals, you know for sure the job gets done right. They usually have online storage for all the official documents. When they receive the documents for the corporation, the service will immediately scan them so they can send you the digital copies right away. The documents will also be conveniently stored in the same online location as your other business documents, like your formation documents.
Professionals may even maintain a compliance calendar, warning you way ahead of time when you should file a report or comply with some requirement with a deadline. That means you virtually eliminate the risk that you’ll fail to comply with any sort of compliance requirement. Such a failure may lead to fines and penalties, and perhaps even to the dissolution of your corporation. Reinstating your LLC can be a huge hassle, and it’s like starting the formation process for your LLC all over again.
So, if you’re going to change your registered agent in New Hampshire, you may as well do yourself a favor and switch to a good registered agent service. With the benefits you get with the low costs, you’re able to focus more on growing your business instead.