Change New York agent for service of process

Last updated on November 24, 2022

You can change an agent for service of process by informing the Department of State via a 'Certificate of Change' form. Learn how to do this step by step.

Who are they?

Agent for service of process

Also known as a registered agent, resident agent, statutory agent, etc in various states. These agents are physically located in the state where business entities operate. They receive important legal documents on behalf of the business entity.

Receive service of process

Their primary task is to receive tax forms, judicial notices, and other legal documents during business hours, 5 days a week.

For all business entities

Most business entities including LLCs, corporations, and partnerships require these agents in every state they operate in.

Not PO boxes

Agents must have a physical street address in the state. Not just PO boxes.

Details are public

The address and contact details of these agents are made public by the Secretary of State.


Step-by-step instructions

How to change a registered agent in New York?

Check the steps below:

1. Find a new registered agent

Before you plan to change your existing registered agent, make sure to find an alternative registered agent in the state.

If you are physically located in the state, you can be a registered agent for your own LLC. But paying a service provider to become a registered agent will give you much-needed peace of mind.

You can also find a new registered agent through the state's business entity search tool.

2. Inform existing registered agent

You may inform your existing registered agent about your decision to replace them.

3. Inform the State

To change the registered agent for an LLC in New York, file the form 'Certificate of Change' via mail with the Department of State.

Filing fee



New York Department of State

Division of Corporations, State Records, and Uniform Commercial Code

One Commerce Plaza

99 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12231-0001

Agent for service of process

A agent for service of process is an agent of your LLC on whom any notice, process or demand may be served. Every LLC in New York needs to have a agent for service of process located in the state.


According to Consolidated Laws of New york LLC L § 302:

  • 1

    Agent for service of process can be an individual or an authorised organisation.

  • 2

    Agent for service of process must have a street address where they can personally receive service of process.

  • 3

    Office of Agent for service of process cannot be just a mailbox service of a telephone answering service.

Frequently asked questions

Business guides in New York

Registered agents are mandatory for almost all entities in New York including LLCs and corporations. Learn more about how these businesses are conducted in New York.

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