Louisiana Registered Agent: LLC Options & Requirements
Forming an LLC in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana.
In short, the registered agent assumes statutory responsibilities. They must agree to receive and deliver any official communications such as tax or legal documents from the state of Louisiana to the LLC. Furthermore, the registered agent must be consistently available to carry out this responsibility without interruption.
Here’s what the Louisiana Department of Revenue specifically says:
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 Louisiana or a corporation authorized for business in Louisiana.
- The agent must have a physical address in Louisiana.
- The agent must have a mailing address in Louisiana.
- An LLC cannot act as its own registered agent in However, a member or manager can act as the agent for the LLC.
For reference, here is a screenshot of what information is required on the Louisiana Initial Report (submitted with the Articles of Organization):
Who can be a Registered Agent in Louisiana?
The Louisiana 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 Louisiana.
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 Initial Report which is submitted with 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
Registered agent services provide this type of assistance. The service’s name and address must be included on the Initial Report/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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 $100 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 Louisiana.
How to Change Your Louisiana Registered Agent
If you need to change your current registered agent, here’s how. The quickest and easiest way to go is through the geauxBIZ portal. If you already have an account, you can sign in; otherwise, you’ll need to create one. Once you’re signed in, follow these steps:
- Click “File Amendment”
- Select “Statement of Change”
- Input information for your registered agent
- You can also change your officers or members, but it’s not required
- Sign and double check your information
- Provide your payment information
As of January 1, 2018, these parishes are required to submit business documents online: Ascension, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Livingston, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne.
But if you live outside those parishes and would rather submit a paper form by mail, go ahead! On the S.O.S. Forms and Fees page, find “Change of Registered Office or Agent – Louisiana LLC.” Download and complete the form, then send it to:
Secretary of State, Commercial Division
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9125
Both methods require a $25 fee, which you can pay by card online or by check – made payable to “Secretary of State” – for mail.
Each year, Louisiana requires you to submit an annual report, and if your registered agent change coincides, you can simply make the change there, which will save you time and paperwork.
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? You’re good to go! Online forms are normally processed within 24 hours, and paper forms within 3-5 business days. However, you can pay an additional $30 for 24-hour processing, or $50 for 2-4 hour processing.
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 Commercial Division of the Louisiana Secretary of State for more information about registered agents.
Give Them a Call
If you’d prefer to call, reach out to their Baton Rouge office at (225) 925-4704.