Can You Have an LLC Address and a Work Address?

By Cindy DeRuyter, J.D.

Can You Have an LLC Address and a Work Address?

By Cindy DeRuyter, J.D.

When you create a limited liability company (LLC) or other type of business entity, state-specific laws govern what information you must provide to the state for its business records. You are required to list an official address and the name and address of your registered agent for company business, but there is no reason you cannot also maintain one or more additional work addresses.

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Reporting Your LLC's Primary Address

When you establish an LLC, you need to provide some basic information to your state's Secretary of State or other business authority. One key piece of information is your company's principal place of business.

State laws vary, but generally speaking, you must provide a physical address. A post office box or other private mailbox will often not suffice. However, you may also be able to indicate to which address you want nonlegal business mail delivered. In that case, a post office box is usually acceptable.

Providing Contact Information for Your LLC's Registered Agent

To establish an LLC, you must also identify a registered agent and provide contact information for the agent. This is the person or company who will receive service of process or other types of legal or official notices on behalf of your company. As with your LLC's principal place of business, it is not acceptable to list a post office box for your registered agent's address.

Your registered agent may be you, and the registered office may be the same as your principal place of business—or they may be different. For people establishing home-based businesses who may not want their personal residential address listed for legal notices, it may make sense to use a company that provides registered agent services for business owners.

Other Addresses You May Need to Report

In some states, in addition to (or instead of) reporting your business's principal office, you need to report the names and addresses of each LLC member and/or manager.

In addition, if your LLC operates from more than one location, you may have several business addresses. Check with the state(s) where your business is registered to determine whether you have any additional reporting obligations for these additional workplace addresses.

Your LLC's Continuing Obligation to Notify the State of Changes

When you establish your LLC and register with the state(s) where you intend to conduct business, your articles of organization should include all state-specific required information, including your principal place of business and your registered agent's contact information.

Your obligation does not end when your LLC is established, however. If you move your principal place of business, your registered agent's address changes, or you have updates to any of the other information you were required to report initially, you must notify the state(s) of the changes. Some states provide simple forms for businesses to complete and submit electronically through a state website; others require paper notifications. Fees and reporting timelines also vary, so be sure to investigate what your state requires.

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