Change West Virginia registered agent

Last updated on November 25, 2022

You can change a registered agent by informing the Secretary of State by filing an 'Application to Appoint or Change Process, Officers, and/or Addresses' 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 West Virginia?

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 West Virginia, file an 'Application to Appoint or Change Process, Officers, and/or Addresses' 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 West Virginia needs to have a registered agent located in the state.


According to West Virginia Code § 31D-5-501:

  • 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.

LLC Annual Report

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

Filing Annual Report

West Virginia LLC is expected to file this report annually by July 1

  • File it online on West Virginia Secretary of State website


Online fee


Online processing time


Failure to pay

West Virginia charges a $50 penalty for late filings. In addition, the state may administratively dissolve your LLCs for failure to file an annual report.

Frequently asked questions

Business guides in West Virginia

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

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