Appointing a Registered Agent in Idaho
Idaho state law stipulates that you need to select a Registered Agent for your Idaho LLC before you file your LLC Certificate of Organization with the Business Entities Division. A Registered Agent is a person or company who has consented to receive all kinds of legal mail on the behest of your LLC in Idaho in the chance that you receive a lawsuit.
You’ll find that in a lot of states, a Registered Agent will double as somewhat of a proxy for receiving payment reminders, business and tax notices, and many other kinds of legal documents.
Your Idaho Registered Agent must have a registered street address. However, keep in mind that Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies, Personal Mail Boxes, and PO Boxes are not permitted.
Your selected Registered Agent must also be available during normal business hours (9 am – 5 pm) in the event that Service of Process arrives. Service of Process includes delivery of documents such as subpoenas, summons, and/or complaints.
Who Can Be Your Registered Agent in Idaho?
You have 3 choices when forming an LLC in Idaho. The first choice is hiring a Commercial Registered Agent. The second choice involves you being your own LLC’s Registered Agent and the third, having a relative or friend acting as your LLC’s Registered Agent.
The rules governing Registered Agents in Idaho are quite strict. They are not allowed to use any address other than a USPS database-verified street address. That means they can’t use a personal mailbox (PMB), commercial mail receiving agency (CMRA), MailRoom, Pak-n-Ship, PostalAnnex+, PakMail, Postal Plus, PO Box, the UPS Store, Mailboxes, or anything similar.
If you are found guilty of using any of the services listed above as your Registered Agent’s address, the state government will administratively dissolve your LLC as a penalty.
Which Service Should You Use?
If you have a street address in Idaho such as a home or office and are available during business hours, you can list yourself as the Registered Agent. But if you don’t have one, you have the option of using the address of either a friend or family member.
If you don’t have a friend or family member in Idaho with a street address or you do but prefer not to use their address, you have the choice of using a Commercial Registered Agent (CRA).
A CRA is often a more dependable option especially in light of how strict Idaho is and will offer you more privacy.
How to keep your address off public records:
A lot of filers from Idaho begin their business ventures right from their home. As such, it’s vital that you are aware that the addresses on your LLC’s Certificate of Organization will get listed on public records and may appear in google searches.
If you were playing with the idea of using your home or office address but would rather have it not listed on public records, you can hire a Registered Agent that will allow you to use their address throughout your Certificate of Organization.