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South Dakota Registered Agent Info

Here’s the low-down about getting a registered agent in South Dakota.

Why are there resident agents in the first place?

When I was a kid, you just fought dragons and paid tribute to the king. Gradually, economies evolved, new company structures like limited liability companies and corporations emerged. These various business entities were created to provide tax advantages and protect business owners from liabilities. Business entities are given status that is independent from the individuals who form them. Sadly, it didn’t take very much time for owners to understand that they could dodge litigation by personally steering clear of servers of process. So, to tighten up that loophole, most jurisdictions require business entities to appoint a “registered agent.”

Are there any requirements or restrictions I should know about my resident agent?

There are few restrictions about who can be your registered agent in South Dakota. Specifically, the person or entity acting as your resident agent must be available and located at a physical street address within the state of South Dakota during normal business hours. Your Registered Agent will be responsible to accept all tax-related and legal documents, annual report forms, litigation (service of process) documents, etc., on your behalf. It is important that you designate a solid company, like when you’re choosing your registered agent.

What kind of benefits come from having a South Dakota registered agent?

South Dakota businesses benefit in several ways by designating a registered agent. First and foremost, nominating a statutory agent keeps your business in compliance with South Dakota state code. With as your registered agent, as soon as you get any legal notification, service of process, letter or annual report notice – we accept those in your place. Momentarily, we’re uploading your documents into your customer account. You’ll receive instant notice of any documents we upload into your registered agent account. Additionally, we also keep track of your South Dakota filing due dates and send you reminders with how-to links so you can submit your report ahead of schedule with the State of South Dakota.

How do I appoint my registered agent in South Dakota?

Usually you would choose your resident agent as part of your business formation paperwork; your articles of incorporation or articles of organization. If you’re just starting your business, we can help you with that. If you already selected a resident agent but you’re looking for a better fit, we can lend a hand with that too. Of course, whether you’re just getting started or are ready to make a change, the best method is to sign up for our registered agent service.