Idaho law requires your LLC to hire a registered agent, a person or company authorized to accept official correspondence on behalf of your business, such as legal or tax documents.
A registered agent ensures your business receives all key documents and notices and stays fully compliant with state regulations.
Registered Agent Requirements in Idaho
In Idaho, an LLC owner, known as a member, can be the registered agent, or you can choose an individual that meets state requirements. In Idaho, registered agents must:
- Be 18 years or older
- Have a physical address in Idaho that is not a UPS store, PMB service, or PO box
- Be available during regular business hours.
- Be registered to operate in Idaho (if the agent is a business)
Registered Agent Services
Many business owners hire a registered agent service to ensure all important documents are received and addressed promptly. A registered agent service also offers convenience.
If you choose to be your registered agent, you’ll have to be available at your registered agent’s address during regular business hours. However, a registered agent service will allow you the flexibility to run and grow your business wherever you need to be.
An agency also offers privacy. Since they will receive all official correspondence for your business, you would never be served with a summons for your business in front of customers or employees.
Choosing a Registered Agent Service
Some registered agent services operate nationally, allowing you to form LLCs in other states if your business expands. However, if you don’t choose a national agency, you’ll need one with an office in Idaho.
You’ll also want an agency that will:
- Send deadline reminders for things like annual reports to ensure your LLC stays in compliance
- Digitally store your documents so you can access them at any time
- Offer great customer service
Prices for registered agent services vary, which may affect your decision. Registered agent services generally run $35 to $300 annually.
How to Appoint a Registered Agent in Idaho
In Idaho, you’ll officially appoint your registered agent when you form your LLC by filling in the registered agent information on your Certificate of Organization.
You can file online or by paper. Read on for instructions on both options.
To file online, visit Idaho’s online filing service, log in or create an account, and select the form labeled “Certificate of Organization Limited Liability Company.”
At the Registered Agent section, either search for a commercial agent by name or add the name, physical address, and mailing address of a noncommercial agent.
If you’d like to be the registered agent for your LLC, fill in your own name and address here.
Complete the rest of the form and pay the $100 filing fee by credit card or Access Idaho account. An additional $1 convenience fee and a 3% transaction fee will also be charged.
For paper filings, download, fill out, and print your Certificate of Organization for paper filings.
For section three, fill in the name and street address of your registered agent. If you’d like to be your LLC’s registered agent, fill in your own information here.
The filing fee is $120 ($100 plus a $20 manual processing fee), payable by check to the Idaho Secretary of State. Mail your documents to:
Office of the Secretary of State
450 N 4th Street
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0080
Once your LLC is approved in Idaho, your registered agent is officially appointed. You do not need to do anything further in terms of registering your agent.
Idaho requires your LLC to have a registered agent. Some LLCs appoint a member as their registered agent, but hiring a professional service offers many advantages.
You’ll likely need to decide on whichever route you choose before you form your LLC. You can change your registered agent later if you do so, though it requires additional paperwork.
Idaho Registered Agent FAQs
Can I be my registered agent in Idaho?
Yes. When filling out your Certificate of Organization, simply put your name and address in the space for a registered agent.
What does a registered agent do for an LLC in Idaho?
A registered agent receives all government notices and documents for your LLC and must be at the designated address during business hours. Of course, you can be your registered agent, but designating someone else helps you maintain privacy and gives you greater freedom of movement.