In legal terms, a Registered Agent (“RA”) is a person or business who is designated by a business entity registered with the state to receive service of process when that entity is sued. Service of process is the formal procedure for informing a company that legal action has been filed against it and requiring it to file a response to the same. NRS Chapter 77.
Since a business such as a corporation or limited liability company is not a person, the law requires that a single person be named to accept service of process. A business must therefore designate its RA by filing a form with the Secretary of State. Thereafter, once the RA is served with process papers, the entity is deemed to have received the same and its obligation to respond is triggered.