Finding a Qualified Registered Agent in South Dakota
The importance of having a trustworthy registered agent for your company cannot be overstressed. A “registered agent” is a person or company that can receive important notices from the state on your company’s behalf and receive Service of Process on your behalf. Service of Process is broadly defined to include any legal proceeding, legal notice or official government communication presented to the company while it is within the jurisdiction of a state. If you own a business that operates within the state boundaries of South Dakota, you are required by law to designate a registered agent or physical address where any such service of process can be accepted. In fact, every state in the country imposes this requirement on all companies, no matter how large or small the business, and whether your company is a limited liability company or a corporation.
A good registered agent ensures that you are promptly notified about any impending deadlines or legal forms that your company must submit to the state. And should you ever find yourself the subject of a lawsuit, having a registered agent ensures that you will be duly notified, so that you can take all the appropriate actions for your company’s legal defense.
National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI) is a professional service provider with a team of experienced and reliable registered agents located in all 50 states, including South Dakota. With a proven track record of serving companies across the country, NRAI is ready to meet the needs of your business in state regulatory compliance. For personal service call (800) 520-6724 or visit www.registeredagent.com.
If you already have a registered agent in South Dakota but would like to try NRAI, we can help you make the switch. Or, if you are an out-of-state, or foreign company interested in doing business in South Dakota, we can help connect you with a registered agent as well.
Domestic and Foreign Companies in South Dakota
Depending on where it does business, a company can act either as a domestic or foreign business entity. A domestic company is one that operates within the boundaries of the state in which it filed its Articles of Incorporation/Organization. A foreign company is one that operates outside of the state in which its Articles are filed. The following information details South Dakota state filing procedures for two types of business entities—limited liability companies (LLC) and corporations—based on their status as domestic or foreign companies.
LLCs in South Dakota
Filing Procedures for a Domestic LLC: If you are looking to form a new LLC in South Dakota, select a name for your company and be sure it ends with the “limited liability company” or LLC. Designate a registered agent to represent your company and produce your Articles of Organization. File this document with the South Dakota Secretary of State. Charges include at least $150 for filing the Articles and $25 for registering your name.
Filing Procedures for a Foreign LLC: If you have an existing LLC from another state and would like to do business in South Dakota, start by registering your company name, making sure it ends with “limited liability company” or LLC. Designate a South Dakota registered agent, apply for a Certificate of Authority, and file it with the Secretary of State. Charges include at least $750 for filing the Application and $25 for registering your name.
Corporations in South Dakota
Filing Procedures for a Domestic Corporation: If you are looking to form a new corporation in South Dakota, select a name for your company, making sure to include the words, “corporation,” “incorporated,” “limited,” or an abbreviation of any of these. Create your Articles of Incorporation and file them with the South Dakota Secretary of State, along with a document of “consent” from your designated registered agent. Charges include at least $150 for filing the Articles and $25 for registering your name.
Filing Procedures for a Foreign Corporation: If you are an existing corporation from another state and would like to do business in South Dakota, start by registering your name in the state, heeding the same nomenclature guidelines outlined for domestic corporations. In addition to applying for a Certificate of Authority, you must submit to the Secretary of State a certificate verifying the existence of your company in its state of origin. Charges include at least $750 for filing the Application and $25 for registering your company’s name.