Service of Process

The registered agent is a business entity’s agent for service of process. However, whenever a business entity fails to maintain a registered agent or if its registered agent cannot with reasonable diligence be found, the Secretary of State may receive service of process.

Note: this does NOT mean that the Secretary of State may be designated as the registered agent of a business entity.

  

Summons and Service

Summons and service may be made by delivering such notice of service to the Office of the Secretary of State, Corporations Division, 128 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05633-1104. The documents must be in duplicate, and a fee of $25 is charged when the Office of the Secretary of State accepts service of process on behalf of a corporation.

The Secretary of State accepts service of process (formal notice of a lawsuit) on behalf of corporations without a registered agent (someone who accepts service on behalf of a corporation), or for corporations not registered with the secretary of state.

The Office of the Secretary of State also accepts service of process on insurance companies, whether foreign or domestic.

Note: this does NOT mean that the Secretary of State may be designated as the registered agent of a business entity. 

  

Registered Agent

Most forms of registration require the name and address of the registered agent who resides in Vermont.

Please note:

  • The registered agent is the individual or business entity who accepts service of process of a lawsuit, or other official correspondence, or papers on behalf of the company.

  • The registered agent must have a physical street address in Vermont.

    • The registered agent cannot use a post office box as his, her or its physical street address.

  • The registered agent may be an individual who resides in Vermont; or a registered profit or nonprofit, foreign, or domestic corporation in good standing.

  • The registered agent does not have to be an employee, shareholder, or director of the company.

  • Appointment of a registered agent must be done with his or her prior consent.

Note: the Secretary of State may NOT be designated as the registered agent of a business entity.
   

 Frequently Asked Questions

This page was last updated: 2016-09-23