Is a corporation required to have a registered agent?
Each corporation must have a registered agent (some states use the term "resident agent" or "statutory agent," but the concept is the same). This is the person designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the corporation is served with a lawsuit. Most states require that the registered agent must be either:
(1) an adult living in the state of formation with a street address (P.O. boxes are not acceptable) or
(2) a corporation or limited liability company with a business office in the state of formation that provides registered agent services.
One of the advantages of forming a corporation or limited liability company in your home state is that any officer or director (of a corporation) or manager or member (of an LLC) can act as the registered agent. However, there are some advantages to having another person or company act as your registered agent. First, this adds an extra layer of privacy, since the registered agent's name and address are publicly available. Second, this helps limit the risk that if your corporation or LLC is named as a defendant in a lawsuit, no one will surprise you at home on a Sunday night with court papers.