Instruction to Change Your Corporation's Registered Agent

This topic will address the following questions:

  • How do I change my corporation’s Illinois Registered Agent with the State of Illinois?
  •  When can I change my Illinois registered Agent?
  •  What does it cost to change my agent in Illinois?
  •  How do I find out who my registered agent is in Illinois?
  •  How do I fill out the agent change BCA5.10 form?


The Statement of Change of Registered Agent and /or office is one of the easier forms to file with the Secretary of State. However, there are certain situations where the state will not accept a change in agent.

If your company is not in good standing in Illinois, the State will not accept any filings.  And if you do not renew your registered agent’s representation, the agent themselves can withdraw as your agent by filing a Notice of Resignation as Agent with the State of Illinois. In this case, the company would be required, by statute, to appoint another registered agent.  Entitles that do not comply with this requirement will be administratively dissolved by the Secretary of State.

BCA form 5.10 Instructions:

Numbered items in the article below correspond to the numbered questions on the form.   Unless indicated as optional, all questions must be completed.

1.) Corporation’s name that is on file with the Secretary of State’s office.

2.) List the State of Incorporation of your company.

3.) The name of your current Registered Agent and their registered office address, including street and number or rural number, city, zip code and county that is on file with the Secretary of State’s office. 

4.) The name of the Registered Agent that you intend to appoint to this position including the street and number or rural number, including city, zip code and county.  P.O. Box alone is not sufficient for acceptance of your filing.

5.) Statement that the Registered Agent and Registered Office address are identical.

6.) How was the change of agent authorized.

  1. a) by consent of the Board of Directors – Any change of registered agent must be by resolution adopted by the board of
    This statement must be signed by a duly authorized officer; or    
  1. b) by the action of the Registered Agent.
  1. Signature of the appropriate party of this document would be based on what box was ticked in item 6.  

If item 6a was chosen, the BCA 5.10 will be executed by an officer of the Corporation.

If item 6b was chosen, the Registered Agent filing the form would be signing.


Filings can be submitted to the Secretary of State by overnight mail, standard mail, fax, on-line or can be hand delivered in person.  Filing fees for the BCA 5.10 form are $25.00 if submitted by standard U.S. mail.  All other forms of delivery are considered expedited and has an additional $50.00 expedited fee included in the filing.

Fax, hand deliveries and on-line filings are considered expedited services and require additional fees.

Online filings can be accessed through this link:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/business_services/agent_change/corpagentchange.html 

Secretary of State Mailing Address for BCA 5.10 form: 

Alexi Giannoulias, Secretary of State
Department of Business Services
501 S. Second Street, Room 328
Springfield, Illinois 62756