While businesses are permitted to act as their own registered agents in Washington, it is really not recommended. There are a few reasons to engage a third party as a registered agent. First, if you are involved in a lawsuit, your registered agent will be the one to be served the papers. This is probably not something you want to happen in front of your employees and customers. Second, since your registered agent’s contact information is public record, using a third party can protect your personal information from becoming public knowledge. Third, the registered agent on file is required to keep normal business hours and inform the State promptly of any change of address. For small businesses that operate out of the home or are in transition, it can be difficult to maintain those requirements.
Lastly, as your registered agent, we act as a liaison between your business and the State, receiving and managing annual report filings, license renewals, and amendments. We will inform you when the annual renewal is due, confirm the information on file is correct and submit the renewal for you, eliminating the possibility of the renewal getting buried beneath other tasks and paperwork. Failure to submit this renewal on time can lead to administrative dissolution of your business, so it’s convenient to have someone else watching out for it. The first year of registered agent services is included in our business formation packages.