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Registered Agent Act
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North Dakota Registered Agent Act Legislative Summary: 2007

(Full texts of all bills adopted by the Sixtieth Legislative Assembly are available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.nd.gov/sos/ under the lobbying and legislative link located in the left side menu)

Senate Bill 2153: (effective July 1, 2008) North Dakota Registered Agents Act

  • Removed specific registered agent provisions from the various business entity chapters of the North Dakota Century code and consolidated them into a new chapter, 10-01.1, of the Century Code titled the North Dakota Registered Agents Act.
  • Allowed registered agents to represent their clients in the same manner as they did under previous laws.
  • Allowed for the optional registration of a commercial registered agent listing statement. This registration will offer greater flexibility to individuals or companies serving as a registered agent for numerous entities in North Dakota. When doing so, the name and address of the commercial registered agent is consistently reflected on records for all entities represented by them. If the commercial registered agent moves or undergoes a change of name, a single filing of that change will update the registered agent records for all of the clients they represent.
  • Established the duties of a registered agent.
  • Enabled entities without a registration requirement with the Secretary of State to voluntarily name a registered agent and establish a public record with the Secretary of State. Examples of these entities are trusts or unincorporated nonprofit organizations.
  • Enabled consistent service of process provisions for all business entities administered by the Secretary of State.
  • Eliminated the filing requirement of the consent of registered agent.
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