North Carolina Registered Agent | Corporate/LLC Registered Agent Services in NC

North Carolina Registered Agent Services

$129/year with prices as low as $87/year with the purchase of multi-year service!

Raleigh, NC 27615-6417
Wake County
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What Is a Registered Agent?

Registered agents, resident agents, or statutory agents go by slightly different names depending on the state in which you operate your business, but they all provide the same services for your business. A North Carolina registered agent is a designated individual or state-qualified corporate agent that receives official legal notices from the state on behalf of your business. Registered agents are also responsible for the reception of service of process communications (SOP), on behalf of your business should it be the target of legal action brought forth by a third party. All 50 states require that businesses that are recognized as legal entities have a designated registered agent that will receive these types of communications on behalf of the business. Having a North Carolina registered agent will protect your business from liabilities involved with missing important legal notices from the state or service of process communications. Registered agents are a necessary and essential part of responsibly operating a legally compliant business.

What Does a Registered Agent Provide for Your Business?

Having a registered agent is a requirement every time you register a new North Carolina corporation or LLC. You must select a reliable company to act as your North Carolina registered agent. Failing to establish and maintain a registered agent can have negative effects on the legal status of your company within the state and result in extra, unnecessary expenses. The person or entity must be located and available at a physical street address within the state of North Carolina during normal business hours. A mailbox service or P.O. Box cannot represent you as your registered agent.

Why Choose InCorp for Your North Carolina Registered Agent Services?

Created in 1998, we now have over 250,000 worldwide clients and are BBB rated A+. We will beat any competitor's price on registered agent service and offer incredible discounts on multi-year and multistate national registered agent services.

How Registered Agent Service Can Help Your Business

  • Legal Notifications

    A registered agent will receive important legal notifications at an official address on behalf of your business. Important documents, such as your annual filing notices, SOP (service of process), etc., will be handled responsibly and in compliance with the law by your North Carolina registered agent. In addition, by using a registered agent with an official address within North Carolina, you will avoid the risks of losing or misplacing your mail, commonly associated with having it sent to a home or business address.

  • Flexibility

    With a registered agent, you will comply with North Carolina law by always receiving official legal notices during standard business hours at a designated address within the state provided by your North Carolina registered agent. This service allows for flexibility in how you choose to operate your business. You will not need to be always present during standard business hours to receive official mail or even have a physical business location. If you do have a physical business location, you will not need to update your address with the state if you decide to move.

registered / resident agent testimonial

"I have been using InCorp Services for years...I am now paying half of what I was paying the other service. I also appreciate their online portal that reminds me of important dates and tasks that need to be completed so that my entity always stays up to date and compliant."

Chris F.

  • Privacy

    When using the services a North Carolina registered agent, you will be helping protect your privacy. For example, if you decide to use your home address to receive official legal notices, it will be published in public directories. With a registered agent, you will receive legal notifications through an officially designated address within the borders of North Carolina provided to you by your registered agent. This service can help protect your privacy regarding your home address.

  • Help Prevent Corporate Identity Theft

    Through EntityWatch®, the innovative and proprietary technology developed first by InCorp, our information system ties into most of the state databases to give you up-to-date information on the status of your entities including the filing status, the current registered agent, officers, and directors. EntityWatch® also advises you of changes to help prevent corporate identity theft.

  • Organization

    View and upload all your state business filings, corporate documents, and statuses via the Internet on our comprehensive client website at no additional fee. Our Entity Management System (EMS) is where you can keep track of compliance events using our compliance calendar, view and/or store your corporate documents from anywhere in the world, track your forwarded mail, pay your invoices, and order additional services is included at no additional charge! (Now available as an app for iOS devices.)

  • Consolidate Expenses

    For multi-state companies, you will receive a consolidated bill for all your business entities in every state hosted.

registered / resident agent testimonial

"InCorp Services has served me well for 8 years now. Quick human responses to emails and a nice professional website to manage my incorporated businesses. Thanks!"

Chad D.

  • Save Money

    For over 20 years we have provided top-tier service with one of the lowest prices in the industry and have only raised our prices one time (while many of our competitors raise their prices on their long-term clients yearly!) Our standard fee to serve as your North Carolina registered agent is only $129 per state! And you can save even more when you choose multi-year service.

  • Fast Support and Service

    Over-the-counter expedited business document filing service are available for most states. Receive notification of all service of process in real-time and receive said service of process within 24-hours of receipt via Express Mail, facsimile, or email.

What you need to know when appointing InCorp Services, Inc. as your North Carolina Registered Agent:

  • North Carolina does not require original signatures.
  • Filings can be completed online when a completed form is uploaded.
  • North Carolina's regular processing time is about 5-7 business days. They offer two expedite filing options: $100 for one business day or $200 for same day.
  • The North Carolina Registered Agent change filing fee is $7 when filed online.
  • The state of North Carolina requires LLCs and corporations filed in North Carolina to have a Registered Agent. North Carolina Registered Agents are a person or company designated on public record to accept legal documents (service of process) and notifications from the North Carolina Secretary of State's office on behalf of the corporate entity. There are few restrictions regarding who can be listed as a Registered Agent, the most important being that the Registered Agent must be located and available at a physical street address, within the state of North Carolina, during normal business hours.
  • Your North Carolina Registered Agent will be responsible, on your behalf, to receive all government notifications sent to Registered Agents and litigation (service of process) documents. In North Carolina, InCorp's address is for Registered Agent service only.


North Carolina Registered Agent FAQs

Ordering service is easy using our online form. Simply fill in the required fields, review the Terms of Service, and submit your order.

You'll receive our address immediately and more instructions for filing within 1 business day.

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Having a registered agent is required in almost every state. The purpose is for the state to show a physical address in that state at which the company can be served with legal documents. We also receive notifications from many states and help you keep your company in good standing. An added benefit is the security of knowing InCorp is here to fulfill this requirement and provide you with a little more privacy.

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When hiring InCorp as your commercial registered agent, we do not automatically file your documents to register your entity with the state. Formation and qualification filings are separate services, and we will be happy to prepare the entire filing for you once the additional service has been purchased. Our order processing team members will automatically provide consent forms for the states that require them, and we're here to help with Registered Agent Change forms at no additional charge if you'd like our assistance.

In most cases, yes, but we do require that you also be filed with the Secretary of State. Some agencies have requirements that we can't meet, like an address in a specific county or an individual serving instead of InCorp as a company. If you send over the document we'll review it to make sure we can meet the requirements.

The first thing is to order service. Once your order is placed and you have received the confirmation email, please contact our order processing team to proceed. Some states require our signature but it does not have to be a mailed original so you can just reply to your order confirmation with the document attached and we'll sign and return it to you. Other states require our original signature, in which case you can email us the document, we will sign it and mail it to you for submission to the state. Alternatively, you can mail us the complete package of documents and state payment and we will sign and forward the package to the state for you. A few states, like Wyoming, require a separate Registered Agent Consent form. We'll send that directly to you after your order is placed. Please call our order processing team or email us with any additional questions or concerns.

The general rule is that InCorp only serves as a North Carolina registered agent for entities registered with the Secretary of State. We can serve for other agencies as well but need to be listed with the Secretary of State, also. When looking for a registered agent for an individual, we recommend using an attorney or law office.

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