If you’re a business owner seeking registered agent services in the State of Washington, National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI) has a solution that can meet the needs of your company. No matter how big or small your company is, and whether it operates under domestic or foreign status, NRAI can handle your registered agent responsibilities, so you can stay focused on managing and growing your business.
Registered agents are required by law in every single U.S. state, including the State of Washington. When the government sends correspondence to your company (a procedure known as “Service of Process”), registered agents are responsible for receiving the documents or other communication from the state and forwarding them to the companies they represent. Correspondence can range from annual filing notices to legal summons to notices of lawsuits being filed against you. These are important documents that your agent must be entrusted to manage.
NRAI is a professional service provider with extensive experience in handling service of process for companies of all sizes in Washington. With specialized knowledge about the laws of every U.S. state, our customer service representatives provide the highest level of quality service to business entities. These agents draw on a network of attorneys and service professionals who can ensure that your company maintains good standing with the state, which is key to the long-term success of your business. As our client, your company may also benefit from a number of NRAI’s unique corporate service tools that can enhance your business operations and help ensure that you maintain full regulatory compliance with the state. These professional services include a comprehensive document library for forms and applications from all jurisdictions, as well as an electronic communications service that allows us to notify our clients about upcoming deadlines and other important dates.
Visit our website (www.registeredagent.com) to obtain a quick quote for your company. To speak with a customer service specialist about the specific needs of your company, call us at (800) 520-6724. Our personalized, one-on-one consultations can help us get to know your company and can better equip us in delivering a solution that suits your business.
Corporations in Washington
A corporation is a legal entity that is authorized to open a bank account, own property and do business. The management of a corporation is handled by a board of directors, which is empowered to execute important decisions and oversee company operations. Corporation owners enjoy limited liability - in other words, the company stockholders or shareholders are not held liable as individuals for corporate debts or liabilities.
Forming a Domestic Corporation in Washington
Forming a domestic LLC in Washington requires designating a registered agent and registered office. The Washington Secretary of State requires that you send one executed original and one conformed copy of the Articles of Incorporation. The Washington Department of Licensing requires that you complete and send a Master Business Application. All new applicants must pay $175 for the filing fee; an additional $20 is required for expedited service. Also send $5 to cover the Washington State Heritage Center Surcharge; $10 to cover the Initial Report; and $30 for reserving a corporate name.
Registering a Foreign Corporation in Washington
If your out-of-state corporation would like to do business in Washington, you must designate a registered agent and registered office. The procedure for forming a foreign corporation in Washington is very similar to establishing a domestic corporation. The Washington Secretary of State requires that you send one original and one conformed copy of the Application for Certificate of Authority, along with a Certificate of Legal Existence from your home state. The Washington Department of Licensing also requires that you complete and send a Master Business Application. The filing and surcharge fees are the same as those of a domestic corporation.
Limited Liability Companies in Washington
A Limited Liability Company is a business entity that limits the liability of its owners. LLCs share some characteristics of both corporations and partnerships. LLC managers enjoy some protection from liabilities while avoiding cumbersome annual reporting and other legal requirements of a corporation.
Forming a Domestic Limited Liability Company in Washington
As with domestic corporations, forming a domestic LLC in Washington requires designating a registered agent and registered office. The name of the newly formed LLC must contain the words “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Liability Co.,” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.” or “LLC.” For a $50 fee, you may reserve any available business name for up to 180 days. The Washington Secretary of State requires that you submit one executed original and one conformed copy of the Certificate of Formation. All new applicants must pay $175 for the filing fee; an additional $20 is required for expedited service. Also send $5 to cover the Washington State Heritage Center Surcharge and $10 to cover the Initial Report.
Registering a Foreign Limited Liability Company in Washington
As with foreign corporations, if your out-of-state LLC would like to do business in Washington, you must designate a registered agent and registered office. A $50 fee is required to reserve any available LLC name for a 180-day period. The Secretary of State requires that you file one original and one conformed copy of the Application for Registration as Foreign LLC. Pay a $175 filing fee, as well as the $5 surcharge to the Washington State Heritage Center.
Switching Service to NRAI
If you wish to change your registered agent to NRAI, just collect the following information and provide it to our representatives: a completed client information form, name of parent entity, the complete name of each entity being changed, the state of incorporation/formation and jurisdiction to be changed, the name of your former registered agent, the original date of incorporation, the date of adoption of the board of directors giving authorization for change of registered agent, the name and title of the authorized person(s) executing the documents, and the state and country where the execution of documents will take place (in Washington or any other U.S. state).