If you are starting a new company in the state of Vermont, or if your out-of-state company would like to do business in Vermont, you will need a “registered agent” to represent your company. Every company is required by law to maintain a registered agent, or a physical address where your firm can be reached during normal business hours. This ensures that you receive any important notices or documents from the Vermont Secretary of State, or if you are ever sued, that you can be reached for a response.
Researching and finding a reliable registered agent can be a tedious process, especially if your company operates in more than one state. That’s why National Registered Agents, Inc., (NRAI) may be the perfect solution for you. NRAI has a comprehensive database of trusted representatives in every U.S. state, including Vermont, who can take care of your company’s state regulatory compliance, while saving you precious time and eliminating unnecessary stress. By designating NRAI as your registered agent, you can rest assured that your company will meet all the legal requirements of the state and safeguard its good standing. We help take care of daunting deadlines and tedious paperwork, so that you don’t have to.
Consider calling NRAI today (800) 520-6724 or visiting our website, www.registeredagent.com. If you are unhappy with your current registered agent and would like to switch to NRAI, we can get you started. It’s simple and easy.
Before you choose a registered agent…
Prior to designating a registered agent in Vermont, you will have to create a company by following the established procedures of the state. Or, if you are looking to expand your business to Vermont, you must apply for the necessary certificates to legally operate in the state. While the steps for setting up any one of these entities is similar, special requirements are detailed below.
Domestic LLCs in Vermont
Setting up an LLC in Vermont starts with creating a unique name for your company. The only restriction is that it include the words “limited liability company,” “limited company,” or abbreviations of those terms. Your LLC must have at least one member and may establish an “operating agreement” that outlines the affairs of the company. To complete your registration, send two originals of your Articles of Organization to the Vermont Secretary of State, who will return one copy to you, with a stamp of approval. There is a $100 filing fee for the Articles, along with a $20 fee for the LLC name. Remember to also file an annual report within 2.5 months of the fiscal year’s end.
Foreign LLCs in Vermont
If your LLC is registered in another U.S. state, but you would like to do business in Vermont, understand the steps you need to take to operate lawfully in Vermont. Your LLC name must meet the same requirements as a domestic LLC (see above). You must provide the Vermont Secretary of State a certificate of good standing from the state in which you filed your articles of organization, along with an Application for a Certificate of Authority. Filing fees include $100 for the Application and $20 for the name.
Domestic Corporations in Vermont
The name of your new corporation must include the words “corporation,” “incorporated,” “company,” “limited,” or an abbreviation of those terms. You must designate a minimum of three directors, unless your corporation has fewer than three shareholders. To complete the filing process, send the Secretary of State one original and one copy of your Articles of Incorporation. The Secretary will file the original and return your copy to you. A $75 filing fee is required for the Articles, along with a $20 fee for the LLC name. Annual report requirements are the same as those of a domestic LLC (see above).
Foreign Corporations in Vermont
As a foreign corporation, your name must meet the same name requirements for domestic corporations (see above). To complete your filing, send the Vermont Secretary of State an authentic certificate of good standing from the state in which your company is registered, along with one original and one duplicate copy of your Application for Certificate Authority. The Secretary will return the duplicate copy to you with a stamp of approval. The filing fees include $100 for the Articles and $25 for the corporation name. Annual report requirements are the same as those of a domestic LLC (see above).