Washington Registered Agent

Washington Registered Agent Service


How Corporate Filing Solutions Makes Washington Registered Agent Service Easy:

  1. Instant Washington Registered Agent Service
    Sign up online and get instant access to your Filing Solutions Portal. There you’ll find all the Washington Secretary of State PDF forms ready for use, pre-filled with our registered agent information, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to complete filings yourself directly with the state. If filing with the WA SOS online, we prompt you through the online filing process as well.
  2. You Choose Payment Frequency
    When you hire us as your Washington registered agent, you choose how often you want to pay. And as you can see below, we charge less if you pay for more years of service in advance. Take a look:

    Registered Agent Packages
    1 Year $95 Per Year $95 Total
    2 Years $85 Per Year $170 Total
    3 Years $75 Per Year $225 Total
    4 Years $65 Per Year $260 Total
    5 Years $55 Per Year $275 Total
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  3. Instant Documents
    We scan all your service of process and legal documents that we receive at our Washington registered office to you the same day.
  4. No Additional Fees
    The price listed as your annual service fee is what you pay. We have no additional fees for mail forwarding or processing. You can pay for many years up front if you wish to minimize invoicing.
  5. Consolidation Made Simple
    We always file your change of registered agent filing for free and cover the state fees, but you can use our services anywhere in the US. Our service gets better and easier the more corporate entities and state registrations you have. This is where our professional grade Filing Solutions Portal really shines.
  6. We’re a Boutique Law Firm Service Provider
    We service corporate lawyers specializing in mergers, acquisitions, and corporate maintenance. As a direct consumer, you get the same professional grade tools that corporate lawyers utilize.
  7. Ongoing Support
    We send reminders specific to your corporate entity to help you maintain your company registration in Washington yourself. Our goal is to make corporate filings easy by providing help along the way, but if at any point you just don’t want to deal with it, we charge a minimal fee to pick up where you left off. We file with the state, scan the filed copy into your digital portal, and return it to you in an expedited time frame. It’s what we do. You can add any kind of corporate filing in your Filing Solutions Portal.
  8. Powerful Corporate Filings Portal
    You can enter your corporate information once in your Filing Solutions Portal and then generate any corporate filing you need from formations, registrations and annual reports to meeting minutes, operating agreements and stock certificates. We also include instant steps and tools to do corporate filings yourself, or you can easily hand them over to us to complete and file on your behalf.

Customized Registered Agent Service in Washington

We understand every client may be different, so we try hard not to cram you into our box. You tell us how to customize your registered agent service experience, and the odds are your filing solutions portal already has the ability to do just what you’ve dreamed of:

  • Want us to notify your lawyer whenever we accept service of process?
  • Want us to notify a business partner or spouse?
  • How often do you want annual report notifications?
  • What kind of compliance update method do you prefer?
  • Want to list our registered office address on your state business filings?
  • Want to receive mail at our office?

A Real Solution

At our Corporate Filing Solutions Washington office, our goal is to provide you a solution, not an invoice. It’s not really just our goal though, it’s our bloodline… Solutions is our last name. Making corporate filings easy isn’t just our wheelhouse, it’s literally our domain.

Washington Registered Agent FAQ

What is a Washington Registered Agent?

When you start a business in Washington, state law requires you to appoint a Washington registered agent service, a designated third-party (sometimes called a statutory agent or resident agent) who accepts service of process and official notifications on behalf of your business. The appointment of a registered agent ensures that your company is properly notified in the case of a lawsuit.

How Does Washington Registered Agent Service Work?
  1. You Start a Business in Washington: When you start a business (a corporation or LLC), you file formation documents with the Washington Secretary of State. You are required to list on those documents the name and physical address of a registered agent in Washington. The registered agent can be either an individual resident of the state or a business entity qualified to do business in Washington.
  2. A Lawsuit is Filed: When a lawsuit is filed against your business, the court issues a notification called a service of process. Service of process informs you about the litigation against your company. A process server will look up your company’s publicly listed information and deliver the service of process to your Washington registered agent at their registered office.
  3. Accept and Forward: Registered agents will accept the service of process at their registered office on your behalf. Accepting the service of process is considered legal evidence that your business has been notified (which is why it’s important to hire a reliable agent). Your registered agent will contact you and forward the service of process to you in a timely manner.
Why Do I Need a Washington Registered Agent?

The purpose of registered agents is to fulfill the legal requirement of due process: every person or entity has a right to be notified of a lawsuit brought against them. To ensure that an LLC or corporation can be reliably informed of a lawsuit, a Washington registered agent service is required.

We do more than accept service of process, though. As your registered agent, we are also responsible for accepting at our registered office notices from other government agencies, such as tax notifications and compliance correspondence.

We also monitor your compliance year-round and inform you of any filing deadlines you need to meet in order to maintain your good standing with the Secretary of State.

How Do I Appoint a Washington Registered Agent?

You can designate a Washington registered agent service on your formation documents when you form a business with the Secretary of State. If you are going to form a Washington LLC, then you will need to file a Certificate of Formation. If you going to incorporate in Washington, then you will file Articles of Incorporation.

If you are an out-of-state business registering in Washington, then you will make the appointment on your qualification paperwork. If you are register a foreign LLC, you must file a Certificate of Registration. To qualify a foreign corporation, you submit a Certificate of Authority.

Who Can Be a Washington Registered Agent?

Registered agents (also called statutory agents or resident agents) can be either an individual resident of the state or a business entity (a corporation or LLC) that is qualified to do business in Washington State. In either case, the agent must maintain a physical street address (registered office) in the state where certified mail can be reliably delivered during regular business hours.

Legal Requirements of a WA Registered Agent

  1. Maintain a physical street address in the state
  2. Keep regular business hours year-round
  3. Accept service of process and official notices on behalf of clients
  4. Contact clients when documents are accepted
  5. Forward all documents to clients in a timely manner
What If My Washington Registered Agent Resigns?

If your Washington registered agent resigns, the Revised Code of Washington allows 31 days in which to appoint a new agent. If you fail to designate a new registered agent within 31 days, your company will be in violation of state law and can be administratively dissolved.

How Do I Change My Washington Registered Agent?

You can change your Washington registered agent by filing a Statement of Change with the WA Secretary of State. There is no filing fee. You can submit the Statement of Change online or by mail.

Read the Washington Revised Code

RCW 23.95.415

Designation of registered agent.

  • (1) A registered agent filing must be executed by the represented entity and state:
    • (a) The name of the entity’s commercial registered agent; or
    • (b) If the entity does not have a commercial registered agent:
      • (i) The name and address of the entity’s noncommercial registered agent; or
      • (ii) The title of an office or other position with the entity, if service of process, notices, and demands are to be sent to whichever individual is holding that office or position, and the address to which process, notices, or demands are to be sent.
  • (2) A registered agent shall not be appointed without having given prior consent in a record to the appointment. The consent shall be delivered to the secretary of state in such form as the secretary of state may prescribe. The consent shall be filed with or as a part of the record first appointing a registered agent. In the event any individual or entity has been appointed registered agent without consent, that individual or entity may deliver to the secretary of state a notarized statement attesting to that fact, and the name shall immediately be removed from the records of the secretary of state.
Washington Secretary of State Contact

Secretary of State
Corporations Division
PO Box 40234
Olympia, WA 98504-0234

Phone: 360-725-0377

Email: corps@sos.wa.gov