Resign Missouri Registered AgentWhether 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 Missouri 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.

Fortunately, for Missouri LLCs it is easy.

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.

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Notifying the Missouri LLC

You are required to send written notice to your LLC before you submit a resignation to the state. This makes the transition process easier for all parties. It gives the LLC plenty of time to develop a plan for changing their registered agent, thereby avoiding potential penalties. And on your end, it can help your resignation take effect quicker.

After the Secretary of State processes your resignation, you remain on file as the registered agent for 30 days unless the LLC appoints a replacement sooner. If you’ve helped them get someone lined up, you will be off the hook right away.

Submitting Your Resignation

You can’t officially resign without notifying the Secretary of State, so to get started, download the “Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent of LLC” form from the Fees & Forms page. This form is very short; it only requires six things:

  • The LLC name
  • The registered office address
  • Your name
  • Name and address of the LLC representative to whom you previously sent notice
  • Your signature
  • A return address

That wasn’t so bad. And the fee isn’t bad either – $10, payable with a check made out to “Missouri Secretary of State.” When you’re ready, mail the form and payment to:

Secretary of State

Corporations Division

P.O. Box 778

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Or, if you live in Jefferson City and are out on the town, drop it off in person at 600 W. Main St., Rm. 322, Jefferson City, MO 65102. When hand-delivering your form, you may pay the fee via check, cash, money order, or credit card.

As mentioned earlier, your resignation doesn’t take effect immediately. You retain registered agent duties for 30 days after your form is processed (unless your LLC appoints a replacement sooner). So, keep in mind that you may continue receiving mail and/or service of process for up to a month after you resign.

Handing off Your Responsibilities

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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. Consider this: you resign and stay on as registered agent for the required 30 days. After that, if your LLC can’t find a replacement for 30 more days, they could be administratively dissolved by the state. All business entities operating in Missouri must keep a valid registered agent on file at all times. A 30+ day gap will result in dissolution.

When your LLC does appoint a successor, that person must meet Missouri’s registered agent requirements. The new registered agent must:

  • Be an individual or business entity residing in the state
  • Have a physical Missouri address (P.O. boxes aren’t allowed)
  • Have a mailing address in Missouri
  • Be authorized to transact business in Missouri (if a foreign entity)
  • Be present at the registered office during normal business hours

The state allows individual owners or members to serve as their LLC’s registered agent. However, it’s often more productive to let a professional service take over those duties.

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.

Finishing Up

You do a lot for your Missouri 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 Missouri or something completely different.

If you need a fresh start and would like to form a brand new LLC, there are plenty of services that can take care of this for you. ZenBusiness and Northwest are two very popular options.

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