We all know how stressful the process of opening a business can be and all the legal requirements that arise. With a registered agent, you have someone who can ensure you are properly meeting deadlines and completing forms required by the state. In the State of North Carolina, it is a requirement of any company, whether it is a limited liability company or corporation, that they designate a registered agent to receive service of process. Service of Process is when a party receives notice that a case is being filed against them so they may then take action.
At National Registered Agents, Inc, we seek to provide you with a large range of services with our professional registered agents. We have already served thousands of companies throughout the United States and are eager to help your new business be successful. Find out more information about NRAI services by calling (800) 520-6724 or by visiting our website at www.registeredagent.com.
If you already have a registered agent in the State of North Carolina, switching to NRAI is easy. Simply visit our website and choose the “change agent” button. This will direct you to a Registered Agent Change Request Form. Just fill out the requested information and you are on your way to working with NRAI.
Forming a Domestic or Foreign LLC in North Carolina
The State of North Carolina requires different filing procedures when forming a Limited Liability Company, LLC. These procedures differ depending on where you choose to operate your business. If your business will legally operate within North Carolina, then you need to file your Articles of Organization for a domestic LLC. If you choose to operate outside the State of North Carolina, then you will file documents required for a foreign LLC. The following information will provide you with details on the state filing procedures in North Carolina for either a domestic or a foreign LLC.
Domestic LLC: When naming your company, you must be sure to include in the name the words "limited liability company" or its abbreviated "LLC". Any name that does not already exist may be reserved for up to 120 days with a fee of $30. The purpose and duration of your business should be set forth in the Articles of Organization which are submitted to the Secretary of State. A $125 filing fee will be payable to the North Carolina Secretary of State.
Foreign LLC: If you already operate an LLC in another state and wish to file for a foreign LLC in the State of North Carolina, you must follow the following procedure. You must start by registering a name for your company with either "limited liability company" or LLC attached to it. To reserve the name for 120 days, you must send a $30 payment to the Secretary of State. In addition, you must submit a copy of "Application for Certificate of Authority of Foreign Limited Liability Company" and a Certificate of Existence under the state in which your LLC exists. All of these documents should be submitted to the North Carolina Secretary of State along with a check for $250.
Forming a Domestic or Foreign Corporation in North Carolina
If you decide to form a corporation within North Carolina, separate procedures exist that differ from forming an LLC. The procedure will also vary depending on whether you choose to operate as a domestic or foreign corporation.
Domestic Corporation: The name for your corporation, must have attached one of the following: "corporation," "incorporated," "company," "limited," or any of their abbreviations. For a fee of $30, your corporate name may be reserved for 120 days until you file. It is required that you have one director and at least one incorporator. Upon filing, you must submit one executed and original copy of the Articles of Incorporation to the Secretary of State. The Initial Annual Report with the company's first year’s corporate income and franchise tax return must be submitted to the Secretary of Revenue. A filing fee of $125 should be made payable to North Carolina Secretary of State.
Foreign Corporation: The name of your foreign corporation must also include in its name "corporation," "incorporated," "company," "limited," or any of their abbreviations. A Certificate of Existence, one executed copy and one conformed copy of the Application for Certificate of Authority must be submitted to the North Carolina Secretary of State. The Initial Annual Report must be submitted to the Secretary of Revenue. Filing fees total $250 for a foreign corporation. Failing to obtain a Certificate of Authority will lead to penalties imposed by law.