Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Florida

Q: Can a registered agent for a LLC in Florida have someone else receive documents addressed to the LLC?

If a process serving delivery is attempted at a moment that the registered agent is not at the FL LLC's registered office, can someone else that is not their employee, such as a family member, friend or housemate receive the delivery on their behalf?

Is a signature required for delivery confirmation? If so, can whoever happens to be there to receive the mail sign for it?

Would a residential mailbox be suitable?

1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, service can be made by serving an employee of the registered agent, at the registered office. Also, the registered agent is required to have at least one person (such as in your words "a family member, friend or housemate") at the registered office, as the registered agent's representative, and to keep the office open "from at least 10 a.m. to 12 noon each day except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays". So, such an occupant would be presumed to be the registered agent's agent and service would be valid. See Florida Statute 48.091.

No, a signature is not required. And no, the process server cannot simply leave the process in a mailbox.

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