Change of Business Registered Agent, Registered Office, or Principal Office

General Information

Every domestic and foreign business entity transacting business in Kentucky must maintain a registered agent for service of process, a current registered office address, and a current principal office address. These designations are made initially through the business formation document, but if any designations are changed, such changes must be filed with the Secretary of State.

A registered agent is the business’s agent for service of process. Service of process is the procedure of giving notice of a pending legal action, usually done through a summons or a subpoena, but may also include governmental communications including tax notices. A registered office is the registered agent’s own business office. A principal office is the business’s principal place of business.

Purpose/Necessity

Change of Registered Agent and/or Change of Registered Office
A domestic or foreign business entity that changes its registered agent and/or the address of its registered office must file a statement of change of its registered agent and registered office address with the Secretary of State. KRS 14A.4-020(1). This requirement does NOT apply to General Partnerships or Limited Partnerships. KRS 14A.4-010(4)-(5). Failure to notify the Secretary of State of a change or lack of a registered agent may result in administrative dissolution of the business entity. KRS 14A.7-010(1). A statement of change of registered agent and registered office address must be recorded with the County Clerk in the county of the business entity’s registered office. KRS 14A.2-040(1)(j).

Resignation of Registered Agent
A registered agent seeking to resign the appointment must file a statement of resignation with the Secretary of State. KRS 14A.4-030(1). The appointment continues until the registered agent is changed to another person or such statement of resignation is filed. KRS 14A.4-030(3). Failure to notify the Secretary of State of a resignation or lack of a registered agent may result in administrative dissolution of the business entity. KRS 14A.4-030(1).

Change of Principal Office
A domestic or foreign business entity that changes the address of its principal office must file a statement of change of its principal office with the Secretary of State. KRS 14A.5-010(1). This requirement also applies to Limited Liability Partnerships, General Partnerships, and Limited Partnerships. KRS 14A.5-010(2)-(3). A statement of change of principal office address must be recorded with the County Clerk in the county of the business entity’s registered office. KRS 14A.2-040(1)(i).

Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Services Offered and Cost

File Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Address

Please note that you may change the Registered Agent, Registered Office Address, or both using this service for the same legal and filing fees.
Legal fees: $150 flat fee
Filing fees and other costs: $21 total

  • $10 by Secretary of State. KRS 14A.2-060(1)(g).
  • $11 by County Clerk. KRS 64.012(2). Note: Each County Clerk’s office adds an additional $1 to the statutory minimum fee.

This includes:

  1. Review of client’s information to ensure legal requirements are fulfilled
  2. Completion of Statement of Change of Registered Agent and Registered Office Address form
  3. Submission of form and filing fee with the Kentucky Secretary of State
  4. Submission of form with the appropriate County Clerk’s office
  5. All postage and mailing charges
  6. Email confirmation of change of registered agent and/or registered office acceptance by Secretary of State and County Clerk with PDF

If you are ready to get started, please CLICK HERE to enter basic information using our secure online form.

 

File Resignation of Registered Agent
Please note that this service is recommended for an independent registered agent. A business seeking to change its registered agent and/or registered office address should use that service instead.
Legal fees: $100 flat fee
Filing fees and other costs: none

This includes:

  1. Review of client’s information to ensure legal requirements are fulfilled
  2. Completion of Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent form
  3. Submission of form with the Kentucky Secretary of State
  4. All postage and mailing charges
  5. Email confirmation of resignation of registered agent acceptance by Secretary of State with PDF

If you are ready to get started, please CLICK HERE to enter basic information using our secure online form.

 

File Change of Principal Office
Legal fees: $150 flat fee
Filing fees and other costs: $21 total

  • $10 by Secretary of State. KRS 14A.2-060(1)(h).
  • $11 by County Clerk. KRS 64.012(2). Note: Each County Clerk’s office adds an additional $1 to the statutory minimum fee.

This includes:

  1. Review of client’s information to ensure legal requirements are fulfilled
  2. Completion of Statement of Change of Principal Office Address form
  3. Submission of form and filing fee with the Kentucky Secretary of State
  4. Submission of form with the appropriate County Clerk’s office
  5. All postage and mailing charges
  6. Email confirmation of change of principal office acceptance by Secretary of State and County Clerk with PDF

If you are ready to get started, please CLICK HERE to enter basic information using our secure online form.