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I’m going to expand this question a bit…
It’s required by law. If you’ve incorporated in Delaware, you must have an address in that state that can be served papers if you’re sued.
Here’s a list of the most common Registered Agents that we see and their prices:
Harvard Business Services $50/year
CSC Global $194/year
CT Corporation $275/year
As little as possible! You just need to have one, and I have yet to see any of our 200+ startups actually use the Registered Agent for anything.
Go with the Registered Agent that your lawyer recommends. Our startups typically work with premier law firms like Orrick, Gunderson, Perkins Coie, Goodwin Procter, etc. and we’ve seen those firms recommend HBS, Incorp, CSC, and CT as the most common registered agent for startups.
YES! YES! YES! KEEP READING! Note that these companies will try to upsell you on many other services like DE Franchise Tax Filings (~$150+) and reminders and all sorts of bells and whistles that you don’t really need. The Registered Agents are really good at wording these “tax notices” to make them look official. Scam companies have joined the parade too; be on the lookout for “tax notices” that demand payment.
Bottom line, when in doubt, ask your lawyer or startup CPA.
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