Being a new business owner in Michigan involves many important responsibilities. One of your first tasks will be to choose a “registered agent” who will be responsible for receiving any legal files and documentation that the state may send to you. This is a critical function, as these documents may involve filing deadlines, regulatory notices or sometimes, even the notice of a lawsuit brought against you by another party. These are important filings that, if mishandled, could affect the good standing of your company in the State of Michigan.
National Registered Agents, Inc., (NRAI) is a leading provider of professional registered agent services in the industry. At NRAI, you will find a broad network of registered agents who are knowledgeable about Michigan’s compliance activities who are experienced in representing all kinds of companies in the state. This comprehensive network also extends beyond Michigan to all 50 states in the country, where all companies are also required to designate unique registered agents. Working with NRAI allows you to take advantage of this network no matter where you want to do business in the United States. We can connect you with a registered agent that meets the needs of your business in whichever state your company chooses to expand its operations to now or in the future.
To learn more about our services or to set up a consultation with one of our customer service specialists, call (800) 520-6724. You can also complete our online form to obtain a quick quote at www.registeredagent.com. At NRAI, we pride ourselves on our personalized service that allows us to provide you with the solution that’s right for your business. NRAI also serves existing companies that may be dissatisfied with their current registered agent. Call us to find out how you can switch to NRAI’s services.
All companies doing business in Michigan are either “domestic” or “foreign” companies. Domestic companies are those that were formed in the State of Michigan; foreign companies are those that were formed elsewhere, but are transacting business within Michigan state borders. Please see the Michigan State filing instructions for both domestic and foreign companies.
Limited Liability Companies. When forming your new LLC, you must choose a name that contains the words, “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.” or “L.C.” Michigan State law requires that you maintain your business records at the principal office where the LLC is based. Send the Michigan Department of Commerce-Corporation and Securities Bureau an executed original of your Articles of Organization, along with a $50 filing fee made payable to the State of Michigan.
Corporations: When forming a corporation in Michigan, you must choose a name that contains the words, "corporation," "company," "incorporated," "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "co.," or "ltd." Send the Michigan Department of Commerce, Corporation Division, Corporation and Securities Bureau a copy of your Articles of Incorporation. The Department of Commerce will file the Articles and return a copy to you. Also include a $10 filing fee for the Articles (made payable to the Michigan Department of Commerce, Corporation Division, Corporation and Securities Bureau) along with an Organization and Admission (Franchise) Fee. See Michigan State fee structures for the amount your corporation owes.
Limited Liability Companies: When registering your LLC for business in Michigan, your name must include the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.” or “L.C.” If your name is already taken, you may still apply to do business under an assumed name that includes some distinguishing word, abbreviation or other element for use in Michigan. Send the Michigan Department of Commerce, LLC Division, LLC and Securities Bureau a copy of your Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Michigan. The Department of Commerce will issue a Certificate of Authority and return a copy of the Application to you. Also include a $50 check made payable to the Michigan Department of Commerce, LLC Division, LLC and Securities Bureau.
Corporations: There are no name restrictions when registering an existing corporation for business in Michigan. If the name is already taken, however, you may still apply to do business under an assumed name that includes some distinguishing word, abbreviation or other element for use in Michigan. Send the Department of Commerce, Corporation Division, Corporation and Securities Bureau a copy of your Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business or Conduct Affairs in Michigan, along with a certificate of good standing issued by your state of origin. This certificate must be issued within 30 days of filing the application. Also include a $10 check made payable to the State of Michigan, and a $50 Initial Admission (Franchise) Fee.