Nevada Registered Agent Guide
Having a registered agent is very important. They act as your company’s primary contact with the state, receiving important service of process notices and other documents on your behalf. That’s why it’s important that you pick a good one, and here we’ve put together a guide on how to get a good registered agent in Nevada.
Who can be my registered agent?
In Nevada, there aren’t many specific rules on who has to be your registered agent. You can even be your own registered agent. Here are a few requirements for the registered agent:
- They have to be 18 or over
- Have a physical address in Nevada – a P.O. box is not enough
- They are available during normal business hours to receive service of process in person at a certain location.
Your registered agent can be anyone – family, friend, you or a registered agent service, which is what we recommend.
Should I be my own registered agent?
Here are a few things you should consider before you decide to do so:
- You’ll need to keep up to date on everything – submitting annual reports and taxes on time and updating the secretary of state with any changes. Having to file everything can be time consuming and you’ll be left with less time to do your work.
- You’ll need to be available for regular business hours at a specific location at all times, without leaving that place – you’ll have less flexibility.
- If you work from home your private address will be made public, potentially putting you in danger as your address is on record.
- If you work from home you could be sued in front of family and friends – or even worse, if you don’t – your customers.
The only real downside is that you have to pay more for a registered agent than being one. But if you ask us, it’s well worth the price to save you time and energy, as well as potentially saving you more money by telling you about deadlines and notices.
Choosing a registered agent service
If you do decide to go through with a registered agent service, there are some things you should consider to make sure you get the best one.
You want to choose a professional service that not only accepts service of process and notices on your behalf – they should be notifying you, and telling you when things are due at all times. If they fail to do this, you are the one that will be charged, and could potentially lose your business.
You also want to consider value – not just price. You should be looking for bundles which give you things you’ll need for your business: you want your service to do the most work so you don’t have to do much, which means your service should have state of the art items, and hands-on service.
And if your business runs in multiple states, go with a nationwide provider! This saves you the hassle of managing a patchwork of registered agents and the risk of any documents falling through cracks. But while you do want a nationwide provider if you’re in multiple states, it’s important to not forget what you want from a registered agent. For instance if you like great customer service, pick a registered agent that has great customer service. You want an agent service that will cater to your specific needs, to make life as easy as possible.
Electing a registered agent
There are two ways to do this in Nevada: by mail or online
Create an account through Nevada’s Business Portal. This costs $75, and it will give you access to everything you need to do.
Download the Articles of Organisation (also $75), fill it out and submit the copy to the Secretary of State.
TRUiC has some great information on getting a Nevada Registered Agent. Visit their site for more.