What is a registered agent and registered office and must I have one?
The registered office is the legal address in the country of incorporation used by local government agencies and third parties to send official correspondence to a company and the place where certain documents of the company must be maintained. What is required to be maintained at the registered office differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The registered office is especially important in the case of an offshore company where it is carrying out activities with non-residents of the country of domicile and many of the principals are also typically non-residents. The registered office differs from the mailing address for normal business related purposes or the business address which is the actual operating address of a company (if applicable) from which day to day activities are carried out. Sterling offers virtual office solutions to assist clients where a mailing or business address is required. Some jurisdictions also have a requirement to maintain an appointed registered agent in the jurisdiction which is the firm that provides the registered office and related services.