Incorporating in DC or MD? Starting an LLC, corporation and even filing a trade name for an out of state entity require that you have a registered agent (also called a resident agent).
BD Contractor Services offers registered/resident agent services in both Washington, DC and Maryland.
For MD licensing and DC licensing as well as corporate filing and new business setup clients (meaning we assist with the entire licensing/filing process), the cost for this service is $50* per year. This includes government mail forwarding and reminders of reports due as well as certified registered agent service.
Non-licensing client fee for this service is $100/year.
We sign your form as your registered agent and upon service activation, you will receive all the necessary forms pre-signed to make your filings with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs or State of Maryland easier.
*Coupon for 50% off given at time of contracting these services
What is a registered agent?
A registered agent is a responsible third-party who is registered in the same state in which a business entity was established and who is designated to receive service of process notices, correspondence from the Secretary of State, and other official government notifications, usually tax forms and notice of lawsuits, on behalf of the LLC or Corporation.
Why do you need an agent?
If you do not have a physical location in the state or territory in which your business is registered, you must select a registered agent to accept documents on your behalf. The state in which your business is registered needs to know it has a contact person for your business within the state at all times; accordingly, PO boxes are not acceptable addresses for registered agents.
What Are the Benefits?
Besides not worrying about missing important documents, having a registered agent also means that you will not have to accept potentially embarrassing legal and tax documents in front of clients. Another advantage is that, as your registered agent’s address will remain the same, you can easily change your business location without necessarily having to file more paperwork to change your address with the state for each and every move.
What If I Don’t Designate a Registered Agent?
A business that does not select a registered agent may risk falling out of “good standing” with the state in which it is registered. Penalties can include license revocation, fines, and the inability to enter into legal contracts and/or gain access to the state court system. Moreover, reinstatement proceedings could include further monetary, civil, and possibly criminal sanctions as well.
Why BD Contractor Services?
We are dedicated to keeping our clients in compliance with MD and DC regulations. As business owners, we know how important it is to stay on top of the paperwork and, more importantly, when we bring you into our business family, we WILL look out for you.