Change Washington registered agent

Last updated on November 25, 2022

You can change a registered agent by informing the Secretary of State by filing a 'Statement of Change/Designation of Registered Agent' 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 Washington?

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 Washington, file a 'Statement of Change/Designation of Registered Agent' form online with the Secretary of State.

Filing fee


Alternatively, you can also change the registered agent by filing LLC's annual report if you are within the filing period of the report.

Filing fees


Registered agent

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


According to Revised Code of Washington § 23.95.400:

  • 1

    Registered agent can be an individual or an authorised organisation.

  • 2

    Registered agent must have a street address where they can personally receive service of process.

  • 3

    Office of Registered agent cannot be just a mailbox service of a telephone answering service.

Failure to maintain registered agent

If you fail to appoint or maintain a registered agent, the Secretary of State becomes an agent of the entity upon whom any such process, notice or demand may be served.

LLC Annual Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Washington to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Annual Report

Washington LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on Washington Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to Washington Secretary of State



Corporations and Charities Division

P.O. Box 40234

Olympia, WA 98504

Online fee


Online processing time


Mailing fee


Mail processing time

10-12 days

Failure to pay

The state charges a $25 penalty for failure to file on time. In addition, LLCs may be dissolved for failing to file an annual report.


An initial report is due within 120 days of forming an LLC. After that it is due annually by the end of the registration anniversary month. So if you incorporated or foreign-qualified on March 4, then your annual report is due every year by March 31. You can start filing 45 days prior.

Frequently asked questions

Business guides in Washington

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