Kentucky Registered Agent: LLC Options & Requirements
Forming an LLC in Kentucky is a big decision. Before filing the Articles of Organization, you will need to choose a registered agent. In this article, we’re going to walk through what the role of a registered agent is and what your options are as a business owner.
What is a Kentucky Registered Agent & is it Necessary?
Yes, a registered agent is legally required. A registered agent is an individual or service that acts as a go-between with the LLC and the state of Kentucky.
In short, the registered agent assumes statutory responsibilities. He or she must agree to receive and deliver any official communications such as tax or legal documents from the state of Kentucky to the LLC. Furthermore, the registered agent must be consistently available to carry out this responsibility without interruption.
Here’s what the Kentucky Secretary of State specifically says:
If an LLC does not assign or maintain a registered agent, the LLC risks being placed in inactive status with bad standing. This can lead to dissolution of the LLC by the state.
A Statement of Consent of Registered Agent must be filed with the Secretary of State. The statement does not require a filing fee. An option is to include a delayed effective date on the statement, up to 90 days from the filing date. The statement can be filed online, through the mail or in person. If mailing or delivering in person, a copy of the original document must also be submitted.
If mailing, send to the following address:
Alison Lundergan Grimes
PO Box 718
Frankfort, KY 40602-0718
Room 154, Capitol Building
Office of the Secretary of State
700 Capital Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM ET
What are the Requirements of a Registered Agent?
Aside from carrying out the statutory responsibilities defined above, a registered agent must meet the following requirements:
- The agent must be an individual resident of the state of Kentucky or a corporation authorized for business in
- The agent must have a physical address in Kentucky.
- The agent must have a mailing address in Kentucky.
- An LLC cannot act as its own registered agent in However, a member or manager can act as the registered agent for the LLC.
For reference, here is a screenshot of what information is required on the Kentucky Articles of Organization:
And here is a screenshot of the information required on the Statement of Consent of Registered Agent:
Who can be a Registered Agent in Kentucky?
The Alaska registered agent can be either an individual or a professional service. Here are the pros and cons of each option.
As mentioned above, if using an individual as your registered agent, the individual must be a resident of Kentucky.
This means that the individual cannot be in the process of establishing residency in another state, territory, or country or receiving benefits while claiming residency in another state, territory, or country.
Otherwise, the individual can be an attorney, accountant, or even a friend or family member. Simply add the person’s name and address to the Articles of Organization.
- Convenience – Using someone you know saves the time of searching for a registered agent service. The individual is probably also someone that you trust.
- Cost – The cost will likely be much lower than using a service, perhaps even free.
- Inconvenience – The individual who acts as registered agent is required to be available without interruption. She/he may not put a hold on mail. This might make vacations a bit tricky.
- Risk that documents are not delivered in timely manner – If using an attorney, for example, you may be risking that she/he is away from the office at the time of delivery. This leaves open the possibility that the document is put in other hands, possibly slowing the process. If using a friend or family member, you run the risk of having documents misplaced or even ignored. Personal and work lives often have many distractions. For example, if quarrelling with Aunt Louise over a late or missing tax document worries you, a registered agent service may be a better option.
Registered Agent Service
If a service is acting as registered agent, it must be a business or professional organization. Registered agent services provide this type of assistance. The service’s name and address must be included on the Articles of Organization.
- Privacy – If documents regarding a sensitive issue such as a lawsuit are being delivered, the service provides a cushion of privacy between your business and the public. In addition, the address of the service, not your business (or family member or friend) is public record. This means that marketing materials or junk mail will be sent to the service, not to the LLC.
- Reliability – The registered agent needs to be available during regular business hours – all business hours. Using a service might provide a measure of comfort knowing that important documents will not slip through the cracks (as long as you use a reputable service). After all, receiving and delivering important and time-sensitive documents is what the service is experienced doing.
- Location – An LLC is not required to maintain a physical presence in the state of Alaska. The LLC may also do business in various states. Many services have you covered by providing that presence in multiple or even 50 states.
- Cost – Using a service is going to cost you more than using an individual. Still, having the peace of mind that important documents are being handled by a professional service may be worth it.
- Unfamiliarity – Using an individual usually means using someone you know and trust. With an unknown entity there is always a risk of unsatisfactory service. Of course, this is what reviews are for!
Finding a registered agent that is the right fit for your LLC may be one of many tasks when setting up your LLC, but one that is essential to running your business efficiently.
How to get a Free Registered Agent
The most cost effective way to get a free registered agent in Kentucky is to use a professional LLC service that also offers a free registered agent service.
How it Works
Simply hire a service like IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent to form a Kentucky LLC. As part of their package, they’ll include a free registered agent service and list their address on the Articles of Organization instead of yours.
All you pay for is the $40 Alaska state LLC formation fee + $49 or $79 service fee.
This will remove all registered agent responsibilities off your plate, take care of LLC formation paperwork and provide you with an online dashboard to keep track of things that come up in regard to your LLC in Kentucky.
How to Change Your Kentucky Registered Agent
If you need to change your current registered agent in Kentucky, you must file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Address. You can find this form on the Kentucky Secretary of State website, under the “Business Filings” page. The form will ask you for the following information:
- Your LLC name (must be identical to the name on record with the Secretary of State)
- The name of your current registered agent
- The name of your new registered agent
- A signature from your new registered agent consenting to the appointment
- Your signature
You can submit your form through postal mail or online. Both methods require a $10 fee.
To submit via postal mail, send your completed form, along with your $10 payment to:
Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 718
Frankfort, KY 40602
*Checks should be made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer”
To submit online, visit the Kentucky Business One Stop Portal on the Secretary of State website. You will need to create a username and password, then use the “Link My Business” option to view or file official documents. You will need to pay your $10 fee electronically.
Some states allow you to change your registered agent by updating your Articles of Organization or annual report. This is not the case in Kentucky. You MUST file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Address either electronically or by mail for your change to be approved.
If you’re too busy, or if you’d feel more comfortable letting someone else take the reins, you have the option of hiring a company or individual to file your paperwork for you. It’s a great way to save time and stress.
Submit your form? Pay your fee? Then you’re all set! The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office usually processes documents the same day they are received, but it could take 1-3 business days, so you should see your new registered agent on file within the week.
Have Questions or Concerns?
If you’d like to talk to the state directly about your questions or concerns, it’s easy!
Visit Their Website
Visit the website of the Kentucky Secretary of State for more information. They have a great FAQ about registered agents in the state of Kentucky.
Give Them a Call
If you’d prefer to call, reach out to their Frankfort office at (502) 564-3490.