Corporations

Registered Agents FAQs

1.   Why is a registered agent required?

Alaska Statutes states a Corporation shall (must) continuously (without interruption) maintain in this state (Alaska only) a registered agent (an individual resident of Alaska or a corporation authorized to transact business in Alaska, depending on your entity type, see question #3) and a registered office (a physical location and a mailing address in Alaska) for the purpose of a registered agent’s statutory requirements to receive service of processes, notices, or demands required or permitted by law to be served upon the Corporation.

Who may serve as your registered agent depends upon what entity type you are. See question # 3 (below) for more information.

IMPORTANT: If using an individual as your registered agent, an individual must be a resident of the State of Alaska only. The residency of an individual is defined under AS 01.10.055(a) “by being physically present in the state with the intent to remain in the state indefinitely and to make a home in the state”. Note: this means an individual is not: establishing residency or claiming residency in another state, territory, or country; nor obtaining benefits under a claim of residency outside the State of Alaska.

2.   What is the purpose of a registered agent?

Per Alaska Statutes, the registered agent of a corporation is an agent upon who may be served processes, notices, or demands required or permitted by law to be served upon the corporation.

Corporation statutes require some specific department notices and processes to be mailed (to a mailing address).  For civil purposes, per Alaska Court Civil Rule 4, possible methods of service may be in-person (at a physical address) or via certified mail (to a mailing address).

IMPORTANT: Failure to maintain a current and valid physical and mailing address (i.e. as may be demonstrated by return USPS mail to this division) will result in non-compliance status for the entity and may lead to involuntarily dissolution or revocation of the entity’s authority to transact business in the State of Alaska.

The registered agent is statutorily responsible for receiving and forwarding processes, notices, or demands on to the last known address of the entity.

3.   Who is required to have and maintain a registered agent?

All Corporations types (Business, Professional, Non-Profit, Religious, and Cooperatives), Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Limited Partnerships (LP), and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) doing business in Alaska must have a registered agent.

The registered agent may be an individual resident of this state or a domestic or foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state for the following entity types:

  • Business Corporation - AS 10.06.150
  • Cooperative - AS 10.15.025
  • Non-Profit Corporation - AS 10.20.026
  • Professional Corporation - AS 10.45.240 and AS 10.06.150
  • Limited Liability Company - AS 10.50.055
  • Limited Partnership - AS 32.11.830

The registered agent must be an individual resident of this state for the following entity types:

  • Electric/Telephone Cooperative - AS 10.25.460
  • Limited Liability Partnership - AS 32.06.911
  • Religious Corporation - AS 10.40.130

IMPORTANT: If using an individual as your registered agent, an individual must be a resident of the State of Alaska only. The residency of an individual is defined under AS 01.10.055(a) “by being physically present in the state with the intent to remain in the state indefinitely and to make a home in the state”. Note: this means an individual is not: establishing residency or claiming residency in another state, territory, or country; nor obtaining benefits under a claim of residency outside the State of Alaska.

4.   What are the requirements to become a registered agent?

  1. Must be an individual resident of Alaska or a corporation authorized to transact business in Alaska.
  2. IMPORTANT: If using an individual as your registered agent, an individual must be a resident of the State of Alaska only. The residency of an individual is defined under AS 01.10.055(a) “by being physically present in the state with the intent to remain in the state indefinitely and to make a home in the state”. Note: this means an individual is not: establishing residency or claiming residency in another state, territory, or country; nor obtaining benefits under a claim of residency outside the State of Alaska.

  3. Must have an Alaska state physical address.
  4. Must have an Alaska state mailing address.
  5. IMPORTANT: Failure to maintain a current and valid physical and mailing address (i.e. as may be demonstrated by return USPS mail to this division) will result in non-compliance status for the entity and may lead to involuntarily dissolution or revocation of the entity’s authority to transact business in the State of Alaska.

  6. A corporation may not act as its own registered agent.
  7. A limited liability company (LLC) may not serve as a registered agent.
  8. Attorneys and incorporated law firms may act as registered agents.

5.   Why are a physical address and a mailing address required for a registered agent?

Alaska Statutes states a corporation shall (must) continuously (without interruption) maintain in this state (Alaska only) a registered agent and a registered office (a physical location and a mailing address in Alaska) for the purpose of a registered agent’s statutory requirements to receive service of processes, notices, or demands required or permitted by law to be served upon the Corporation..

Corporation statutes require some specific department notices and processes to be mailed (to a mailing address). For civil purposes, per Alaska Court Civil Rule 4, possible methods of service may be in-person (at a physical address) or via certified mail (to a mailing address).

IMPORTANT: Failure to maintain a current and valid physical and mailing address (i.e. as may be demonstrated by return USPS mail to this division) will result in non-compliance status for the entity and may lead to involuntarily dissolution or revocation of the entity’s authority to transact business in the State of Alaska.

The registered agent is statutorily responsible for receiving and forwarding processes, notices, or demands on to the last known address of the entity.

6.   What happens if I fail to maintain a registered agent?

A corporation will be non-compliant for failure to maintain a registered agent and may be dissolved involuntarily by the commissioner if the corporation has failed for 30 days to appoint and maintain a registered agent in the state.

  • Business Corporation - AS 10.06.633(2)
  • Cooperative - AS 10.15.505 and AS 10.06.633(2)
  • Non-Profit Corporation - AS 10.20.325(4)
  • Electric/Telephone Cooperative - AS 10.25.460
  • Religious Corporation – AS 10.40.150(a)(2)
  • Professional Corporation - AS 10.45.240 and AS 10.06.633(2)
  • Limited Liability Company – AS 10.50.(a)(2)
  • Limited Liability Partnership – AS 32.06.913

7.   How do I change or update my registered agent and/or their address?

Submit a Statement of Change form along with the $25.00 non-refundable filing fee to the Corporations Section. The form can be found on the Forms & Fees web page.

8.   How do I resign if I am a registered agent?

Submit a Registered Agent Resignation form along with the $25.00 non-refundable filing fee to the Corporations Section. The form can be found on the Forms & Fees web page. The resignation is effective 30 days after receipt of the notice unless the entity appoints a successor agent sooner.

9.   Where can I find a registered agent?

You may search for a registered agent business in: local, state, federal business license and corporation records; internet; telephone directories; Alaska Bar Association; and so on.

See question #4 above for more information on the requirements to be a registered agent.

If using an individual as your registered agent, an individual must be a resident of the State of Alaska only. The residency of an individual is defined under AS 01.10.055(a) “by being physically present in the state with the intent to remain in the state indefinitely and to make a home in the state”. Note: this means an individual is not: establishing residency or claiming residency in another state, territory, or country; nor obtaining benefits under a claim of residency outside the State of Alaska.

Below is a courtesy partial alphabetical list of registered agent businesses in the State of Alaska. Please contact them directly for their addresses and rates. This list is not an endorsement or recommendation of any individual or company and is not a complete list.

Name AK Entity # AK Business License # Phone
AA Northwest Registered Agents, Inc. 117997 1005692 (509) 768-2249
Arctic Business Consultants, Inc. 62417D 965387
DBA Arctic Taxes
(907) 743-1040
Baxter, Bruce & Sullivan PC 19076D 286143 (907) 789-3166
Complete Corporate Services of Alaska, Inc. 48136D 142332 (907) 790-4956
Corcon, Inc. 10002722 968817 (907) 727-4309
DLG Services, Inc. 10006669 978310 (907) 258-3224
DWT Alaska Corp. 31881D 988136 (907) 257-5300
Incorp Services, Inc. 77446D 1020082 (800) 246-2677
MB Services, Inc.  86871D  307744 (907) 334-5600
Paracorp Incorporated 64730F 992270 (907) 272-3725
Registered Agents, Inc. 134290 1005799 (307) 200-2803
Solomon Investments, Inc. 116770 1005883 (907) 258-2228
Zollner Financial Associates, Inc. 51065D 928551
DBA The Tax Man
(907) 562-3035

If you are a registered agent business and would like to have your information included on this courtesy list, please email our office at corporations@alaska.gov and make your request to the attention of the Corporations Section supervisor. Please note: an entity’s ability to consistently demonstrate the ability to obtain and maintain a current, active and good standing status with both the Corporations and Business Licensing Sections are reviewed when considering these requests.

10.   For more Alaska Statutes information regarding registered agents you may go to:

See: Alaska Corporation Statutes and Regulations

  • Business Corporation: AS 10.06
  • Professional Corporation: AS 10.45
  • Non-Profit Corporation: AS 10.20
  • Limited Liability Company: AS 10.50
  • Limited Partnership: AS 32.11
  • Limited Liability Partnership: Domestic - AS 32.06
  • Cooperative Corporation: AS 10.15
  • Religious Corporations: AS 10.40
  • Electric and Telephone Cooperative : AS 10.25 

Contact Us

If you have questions you can reach us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below or by emailing us at: corporations@alaska.gov