What is a Registered Agent and Organizer?

The Kentucky One Stop Business Portal is a great resource to register your LLC, but sometimes there are words and terms used that you might not know. The most common terms that confuses people are the Registered Agent and the Organizer. These terms are important to understand before you register your LLC. 

Registered Agent

The Registered Agent is an "individual or a business, that is resident of Kentucky or is legally registered to operate in Kentucky (sos.ky.gov)." The Registered Agent is responsible for receiving legal documents on behalf of the business (like Service of Processes for lawsuits). The point of the Registered Agent is that you select a person or entity that will be at the provided address to receive important legal mail. Practically speaking, the Registered Agent does not really do much of anything, expect receive legal documents on behalf of the business.

The Registered Agent must be a resident of Kentucky, or whatever state you are registered the business in. It is common for a single-member LLC to put himself down as the Registered Agent. You cannot, however, put the LLC you are registering down as the Registered Agent. It must be the business owner, not the business itself. I would recommend the business owner be the Registered Agent, unless a professional lawyer suggests otherwise. Evergreen Small Business Blog suggest that, "[They] think you should be your own registered agent–or at least you should be the registered agent for your corporation or limited liability company in your home state."

Organizer

The Organizer is a Business Representative responsible for setting up the LLC and filing formation documents with the KY Secretary of State. There is not much written online on the KY Secretary of States website about Organizers, but according to other 3rd party sources, "the Organizer may be a Member of the LLC but does not have to be. Anyone authorized to act on behalf of the LLC may act as the Organizer. The Organizer is basically giving an oath that the information in the Articles [of Organization] is true and correct. (gettincnow.com)."

So technically, the Organizer is not the business owner or the LLC members. But I recommend that the Organizer be the owner or one of the owners of your LLC. A reason you may want someone other than the owner to be the Organizer is if you want to keep ownership names secret. But the ownership names are not secret for very long, because when you file the required Annual Report with the Secretary of State (sos.ky.gov), you must list the current owners or members. 


This is a very brief overview of the two terms, and there may be other terms that you run across on the One Stop Portal. The best advice I can give you is when in doubt, call the Secretary of State's office. Their phone number is listed below, and ask for the business filing department. They are easy and great to talk to and are happy to answer any questions you have in regards to online registration. I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of service I received from them. If you have any other questions, leave a comment on this article and we will try and direct you to the correct answer. 

Phone: (502) 564-3490

Address: Office of the Secretary of State; Business Filings, 700 Capital Ave. P.O. Box 718, Frankfort, KY 40602