What is a Registered Agent?

Registered agent is a term many business owners have never heard before. To learn that a registered agent is required when you incorporate a business or register to transact business in another state (also called foreign qualification) often comes as a surprise.

The registered agent is responsible for important legal and tax documents on behalf of incorporated companies, such as the following:

  • Service of Process—sometimes called Notice of Litigation—which initiates a lawsuit

  • Important state mail, such as annual reports or statements

  • Tax documents sent by the state’s department of taxation 

The registered agent must have a physical address (not a post office box) in the state of incorporation or qualification and must be available at that address during normal business hours.

Advantages of California New Business Bureau’ Registered Agent Service

At California New Business Bureau, we believe that being a registered agent goes beyond fulfilling the statutory requirement. We provide tools and alerts to help you stay on top of important compliance obligations. Unlike other registered agent providers, California New Business Bureau doesn’t charge extra for the services you need to stay informed and compliant. We offer:

Experience. Our family of companies has been providing registered agent services nationwide, through a company-owned network of offices, for more than 100 years. Online tools. BizComply is our exclusive, online compliance management tool. It lets you schedule and track all your company and compliance events, and it emails you reminders of upcoming compliance obligations.

Registered Agent Watch email. Our monthly email keeps you up-to-date on the status/standing of your business in your state(s), informs you of upcoming annual report deadlines (with quick access to online annual report filing for certain states), and provides useful compliance tips. See sample Registered Agent Watch email. Prompt handling of documents. We provide prompt and efficient handling of important state, tax and legal documents received on behalf of your company. Professional and discreet Service of Process delivery. We’ll email and scan Service of Process documents to you for fast, personal viewing. Exceptional, friendly customer service. Available by phone, email or live chat, our knowledgeable representatives are happy to answer questions you have about compliance, your account or placing an order with us.

24/7 online access. Use our Online Status Center to view electronic copies of Service of Process documents, update your account, pay renewal invoices and more.


The California New Business Bureau family of companies has been helping business owners stay in compliance and good standing for more than 100 years. We provide nationwide service and are compliance experts. We have a staff of attorneys that constantly monitor corporate registration requirements in all 50 states, and we are intimately familiar with the regulations, requirements and deadlines specific to the states in which you do business.

When to Use a Registered Agent Service


Service of Process is the document that initiates a lawsuit. Failing to respond in a timely manner can result in default judgment against your company, meaning that a judge can award the full damages sought to the plaintiff. With California New Business Bureau, you are notified by email of any Service of Process that has been served to California New Business Bureau as your agent, can access it online and can easily forward it to your legal counsel.

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What We Offer

California New Business Bureau was founded in 2001 with one simple mission: to make starting a business as simple, fast and as inexpensive as possible. We offer the information, resources, and solutions that help small business owners understand the difference between incorporation vs. LLC, how to incorporate a small business as well as clearly outline the steps to incorporate and register a company.

Naming Your Company

Tax, Licenses, and Permits


Dissolution Filing Service

Name Amendment Filing

Registered Agent Service

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