If you’re a small business owner, setting up a virtual business address can be an easy and helpful way to look professional and manage all of your important business documents in one place. Below, we dive into the commonly asked question: Can I use a virtual address for my LLC’s business address?
The short answer: yes, you can use a virtual address for LLCs as an official business address and there are a number of reasons why you may want to do so.
Forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company) requires filing “Articles of Organization” with the state you would like to register in. On these LLC Articles of Organization, it is a requirement for you to include a business address in order to get your LLC registered. Because of this, understanding how to get a business address for LLCs is critical.
Many small businesses without a physical office space will use their home address (see Can I use a home address as a business address?) or register a virtual physical address for business as their business address. Oftentimes, small businesses will choose to use this virtual address for small business because of privacy, different zoning laws with home addresses, professional appearance, and the convenience of managing their business mail outside of their home address.
Getting set up or learning how to register business virtual offices gives you the freedom of choosing the area your virtual LLC will have a “nexus” in as well as gives you the option to have multiple addresses in different states if (i.e you’re hiring or need to be registered in multiple states).
If you’re interested in using a virtual address for company registration or incorporation discount, check out our formation discount here.
Note: Most states will not allow you to use a P.O box as your official business office address (see P.O box vs. Virtual Mailbox) as these are not real street addresses and can not accept mail from all carriers outside of the USPS.
Another important aspect to consider is whether or not you can use your virtual address with your states’ registered agents (see more information on “Do I need a registered agent for my LLC” and “Can I be the registered agent for my LLC”).
Since your registered agent is the person or business that you designate to receive official state papers for your business (i.e court notices, business registration renewal reminders, and tax notices), it is important that you have a reliable forwarding business address for your LLC in order to properly receive this correspondence.
Especially if your business is remote, distributed, online, or the officers don't want to maintain a full-time location in a particular place, having a registered business virtual address for your LLC can solve this problem. You’ll be able to have a set virtual office address for LLC that doesn’t change, and since most virtual addresses also offer virtual mailbox services, you’ll ensure that your important mail isn’t missed.
Outside of the convenience of using a virtual business address for LLC as a registered business address, if you register a virtual address for your LLC, it can be a huge time saver and a helpful service that keeps your small business organized.
Examples of other benefits of a virtual office for LLC:
Setting up a virtual registered office address for your LLC, small business, or corporation can be incredibly useful. It’s become a widely adopted business practice for all stage companies that want a better solution for a permanent official business address and mailing solution.
If you want more info on whether or not a virtual address is a good fit for your company or how to setup a virtual business address, feel free to email us at hello@useStable.com — or if you want to set up your permanent virtual address in less than 3 minutes, you can get started here.