Whether we’re talking weather, vacations, or bags of potato chips, all good things must come to an end, and that includes registered agent duties. There are numerous reasons you might need to give up your Alaska registered agent role, but only one way to resign.
Registered agents play an important role in the life of an LLC, handling sensitive legal and tax documents, so it’s essential that agents follow proper resignation procedures. Otherwise, you could leave your company with unplanned fines or penalties, and you could be individually liable.
The good news is that, for Alaska LLCs, it’s a fairly easy process.
Follow these steps and the hardest part of your resignation won’t be the process itself, it’ll be saying “so long” to your former business.
Time Saving Hack: You can resign as registered agent, get all state paperwork taken care of and have a replacement agent when you hire an online registered agent service.
Notifying the Alaska LLC
Before you do anything else, it’s a good idea to inform the LLC of your resignation. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development will notify them once your resignation is processed, and they’ll have 30 days before your appointment expires, but giving some extra notice will help everyone involved facilitate a smooth transition. This way, you can work with the LLC to change their registered agent and maintain good standing with the state.
After the Department of Commerce processes your resignation, they will mail an official notice to your LLC at the most recently listed principal office address. By this point, you’ve ideally established a transition plan that they can put into action right away.
Submitting Your Resignation
You’ve informed your LLC, so it’s time to officially relinquish your registered agent responsibilities. It’s a fairly straightforward process, and you’ll only need one form: the “Registered Agent Notice of Resignation.”
If you’re navigating from the Division of Corporations Forms & Fees page, select “Find Forms by Entity Type,” then click “Limited Liability Company,” and you’ll see it there.
Download and print the form. You can also complete it electronically using a PDF viewer like Adobe Acrobat. Here’s the information you’ll need:
- The LLC’s name and Alaska Entity Number (find the number by using the “Search Corporations Database”).
- The LLC’s physical and mailing addresses
- Names, addresses, and titles for the most recently known LLC officials
- Your signature
There are two more items to include before you mail it off. The first is a $25, non-refundable filing fee, payable by check or credit card. The second is a “Contact Information Sheet,” found on page 3 of the form linked above. If you’re paying by credit card, you’ll also need to complete and include a “Credit Card Payment Form” (on page 4).
There is no online filing option for registered agent resignation, and the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development specifically advises filers not to email their forms, so you’ll need to send it via postal mail. Send your documents to:
State of Alaska
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Standard processing time for the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing is 10-15 business days. And after your form is processed, your registered agent appointment will remain active for 30 days, unless the LLC names a new agent during that time. Be aware that you may still receive documents and/or service of process for a month after you submit your resignation.
Handing off Your Responsibilities
When you put down your registered agent responsibilities, someone else has to pick them up, or your LLC will lose its good standing with the state. Help your LLC keep its momentum by carefully planning your transition.
This starts with finding a successor who’s ready to take over right away. Even a small gap in registered agent coverage can result in severe penalties. According to Alaska state law, any business entity that goes more than 30 days without an appointed registered agent can be involuntarily dissolved. That’s a severe penalty, not one that you want befalling your LLC. Help them avoid it by establishing a clear succession plan.
Once you’ve nominated a replacement, confirm that they meet Alaska’s registered agent requirements. They must:
- Be either an individual Alaska resident or a corporation authorized to transact business in the state.
- Have a physical Alaska, in-state address (P.O. boxes aren’t allowed)
- Have a mailing address in Alaska. If the agent doesn’t maintain a valid mailing address, the LLC will receive non-compliant status and could be dissolved.
- Not be a non-corporation entity, like an LLC, LLP, LP, etc.
We recommend using a registered agent service, which can take over registered agent duties, freeing up more time for the LLC’s managers to focus on running the business.
You do a lot for your Alaska LLC. You’re essentially the shield that protects it from fines, the filter that catches important documents, the conductor that keeps it on track with compliance.
Because you play such an important role, it’s crucial that you follow the resignation procedures exactly — and potentially provide a replacement agent for the business. Otherwise, you might find yourself and your LLC in hot water.
Follow this guide and you’ll be totally fine. Soon, you’ll be on to your next project, whether that’s starting a new business in Alaska or something completely different.