Northwest Registered Agent LLC Review

    by Luke Iovino
Updated May 4, 2021

Are you a business owner looking to register your LLC?

In this article, we are going to go over everything you need to know about Northwest Registered Agents. With our in-depth review, you will see if they are the right formation service for you.

We formed an LLC using Northwest Registered Agents and examined its platform, features, prices, and customer service.

In our review, we will explain what Northwest is are all about and how they compare to competitor LLC formation services.

Top Business Formation Services

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Northwest

• Form an LLC for $225 + state fees
• Registered Agent Service included ($125)
• Forming Businesses Since 1998
• 100% Error-Free Guarantee

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Incfile

• Form an LLC for $0 + State Fees
• FREE Registered Agent Service for a Year
• Trusted by over 500,000+ Businesses
• 100% Transparency

ZenBuisness

• Form an LLC for $49 + State Fees
• FREE Registered Agent Service for a Year
• Launched over 80,000+ Businesses
• 100% Accuracy Guarantee

Northwest Registered Agents is a family-owned and operated online formation service.

Their main differentiation point from competitors is that they have zero investors and use no salespeople.

Northwest employs a large amount of customer service employees, local Corporate Guides. Northwest’s Corporate Guides are business experts that know the ins and outs of local business.

Northwest provides each and every client with a Corporate Guide who is there to ensure that you receive the help that you need.

Northwest is a formation company that takes privacy very seriously. They will never sell your data to third parties and when you form your LLC you can use their address on legal and public forms.

Northwest provides online filing services at $225 + state fees including a year of registered agent services.

Now that you have a taste of Northwest Registered Agents, let dive deep into the packages, service, and features that they offer!

Why we like Northwest Registered Agents

File your business for $225 + state fees
Year of registered agent services included
Great customer service—Corporate Guides

Why we dislike Northwest Registered Agents

More expensive than its competitors
Value to cost

High

Ease of Use

Easy

Speed

Fast

Customer Care

High

Reputation
Trusted
More services
Many

Features & Prices

Let’s take a look at what separates Northwest Registered Agent from the competitors. Almost every competitor offers LLC formation and hiring a registered agent.

Northwest pays attention to the smaller things and features that others neglect. Although you can find cheaper services, we assure you the difference is worth it.

Now, let’s take a look at everything they have to offer…

Do It Yourself Package:

This package is completely free! It’s basically the default package when you create an account with Northwest Registered Agent.

They will basically give you all the tools you need to form your LLC by yourself if you’re up for it. And the best thing is that if you need them to handle your formation at any point, they will pick up where you left off.

One-Time Payment Package:

This package costs $225 + state fees and it provides the following services:

  • LLC Name Availability Check
    This simply means that they will run your LLC’s name through their database to confirm that it’s available for use.
  • Preparing/Filing your Articles of Organization
    Every state requires you to file a document that certifies the formation of your LLC. This is called the articles of organization and Northwest will take care of both its creation and filing with the state.
  • 1 Year of Registered Agent Service
    The registered agent is going to be a person or entity that will be receiving official mail for you in the state you form your LLC. Anything from subpoenas to tax and regulatory notices will be received by your registered agent. If you wish to keep this service, the cost will be $125 annually (after the first year).
  • Operating Agreement
    The operating agreement is basically a document that will be outlining how your LLC will operate. It will include everything from the duties and contributions of the members to the day-to-day operations of the business. Though this document isn’t required by the state, it will help you operate your LLC in a very orderly fashion right from the start.
  • Fast LLC Filing
    This is the area in which Northwest has no rival. While most formation service companies will file your LLC in a month, Northwest will do it in a couple of days. The maximum period it will take them to complete the formation is 20 days (and that only applies for two states). When it comes to the majority of the states, they can file in just 1 day! If it takes 5 days or more, they usually offer you an expedited filing service as an add-on that costs $20 to $100, give or take. The price depends on the state and the period in which they can pull off the filing.

Monthly VIP Subscription Package:

The cost of the monthly package will mostly depend on the state fees. You will pay anywhere from $30-$70 a month over the course of a year.

The VIP subscription package offers all the perks of the traditional one-time payment package plus an EIN.

After the first year, your fees will be paid off and Northwest will still provide business reports and renewal services.

Now, let’s see all of the services that you get with this package:

  • Creating and Filing the Articles of Organization
  • An Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    This is basically a social security number for your LLC and it allows you to hire staff, file your taxes, open a business bank account, etc.
  • A Registered Agent Service
  • An Operating Agreement
  • Corporate Guides®
  • Compliance Service
    Every state has regulations and guidelines for LLCs that they will need to follow to stay compliant. Northwest will ensure everything runs smoothly when it comes to this aspect.
  • Ongoing Support
    Since you pay a monthly fee here, you can expect to have full support every step of the way. Even after you form your LLC and you need to ask any question, Northwest will be there for you.

Add-Ons:

Northwest also has a couple of add-ons for you to choose from after selecting your package:

  • S Corporation Election Status
    If you want to avoid double taxation, then you will need to register your LLC as an S corporation. Northwest does this for you by filing a document called “Form 2553” with the IRS. This way, you can have pass-through taxation status when it comes to your LLC.
  • A Certificate of Good Standing
    This is simply a document that proves that you have a legitimate business. We need to note that it’s not required by any state. But it can prove very useful when you create contracts with new clients as it makes your LLC appear legit.
  • Certified Copy of your Articles of Organization
  • Apostille
    An apostille is a document that certifies your business’s legitimacy. It’s mainly used by LLC owners who want to conduct business across the border.
  • Corporate Supplies
    Northwest provides various corporate supplies like corporate binders and a notary stamp.
  • An Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Yearly Compliance
    The report that your LLC will need to file with the state every year to remain compliant will be totally managed by Northwest. This service costs $100 + state fees.
  • Premium Mail Forwarding
    This service costs $40 per month and it provides unlimited mail forwarding for the state you selected. You can choose between same-day digital scanning and weekly physical delivery of your mail.
  • Virtual Office
  • 2nd Telephone Number
    This service costs $9 per month and gives you another telephone number with any area code you like. This service includes forwarding the calls to your cell phone number; ideal for sharing a number on public lists that isn’t your personal one.
  • FMCSA BOC-3 Filing
    If you provide truck services, you need to be allowed by the FMCSA, the regulatory agency for the truck industry to operate in a state. To do this, you file a form called “BOC-3” that simply designates an agent to receive legal documents in the state you’ll be operating. This service costs $125 per year and you can cancel anytime.
  • FCC 499-A Registration
    This service is actually a registered agent service but for telecommunication providers. It has the same price as the regular registered agent service; $125 per year.

Pros and Cons of Northwest

Pros:

Corporate Guides®

Corporate Guides is a service Northwest is really proud of. And they should be since it’s proven to be helpful and effective.

Besides filing your LLC, all other paperwork is handled by their representative. Also if you need any assistance, a local professional is appointed to you incredibly fast.

Northwest’s Corporate Guides are accessible business experts that have years of experience in the formation sector. All you have to do is give them a call.

Your Information Is Protected

It’s commonly feared when signing up for almost anything that your data might be sold for other purposes. (By the way, we are not into any of that monkey business).

Many other companies sell their client’s data, and they end up being targeted by advertisers. Well, when signing up with Northwest you are assured your data will remain safe.

Also, Northwest doesn’t distribute documents for scanning, copying, printing. They do it locally in their own office.

 Online Tools

Taking into account the fast pace of the modern world, things are transitioning to being available with just a click of a button. Another benefit you receive from Northwest is the use of their online tools.

Any document you might need can be scanned and sent to you really fast. You’ll have remote access to your documents anytime if something needs to be adjusted.

Privacy Benefits

Northwest gives you the option to use their address for your business privacy. This way your business’s address won’t show on public records.

The state’s databases are publicly available, so your address might end up appearing in unwanted places. Read the privacy policy of the U.S department of state for more information.

Whichever service you pick, you will enjoy its benefits. Just make sure to put in their address when filing your LLC.

Customer Service

How many times have you called a service provider and been answered by an answering machine?

Don’t even get started with big corporate companies, you might end up waiting half an hour just to speak to a representative.

Well, this won’t be the case with Northwest. We were personally very satisfied with the service provided by Northwest.

We applaud them for making the effort to always satisfy their customers. Whether it’s an email or a phone call, you will always get a proper response from them in a timely manner.

They made sure that there’s always a way to reach them. You can find their contact very easily when navigating through their website.

Besides verbal communication, you can address them through email or their live chat support and get a reply within the same day.

Their team is extremely knowledgeable and qualified, even when it comes to more serious issues.

If you are unsure of which state to form your LLC, they are sure to be helpful.

We noticed that if you call back with another issue, you can ask for the same person that helped you the previous time.

This way they help maintain a trusty relationship between the clients and their employees.

The Northwest Registered Agent customer service is simply top-notch. And it’s the main reason for the price difference when compared to other registered agent services.

Cons:

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Northwest Registered Agent Reviews

Their standing for registered agent services is on the top spectrum of google reviews. They have a respectable score of above 4.5 stars from more than 150 customers.

Considering that Northwest is one of the bigger registered agent services, it’s bound to have issues and unhappy customers.

It’s important to note that the complaints are addressed and you can find replies to see how they resolve the issue.

How Does Northwest Registered Agent Compare To Other LLC Formation Services?

It’s safe to say that any service on this list that you go with, will give you a good enough experience. At the end of the day, you need to find the best option for YOU and your business.

Let’s take a quick look at Incfile, ZenBusiness LegalZoom, and BizFilings, four top-notch LLC formation services.

Kicking things off with the pricing, it’s fairly similar when it comes to hiring a registered agent. The difference is when we talk about LLC formations.

As was the case with LegalZoom, Incfile also offers different package deals. With Incfile’s basic package you can form your LLC for $0 + state, while you need to pay $225 with Northwest.

Take a look at how much it costs to set up an LLC for further information on LLC pricing.

Also if you’d wanted to use Incfile public address for your business, you’d need to pay an extra fee. Northwest, on the other hand, gives you this benefit included in the price.

The pricing definitely sways on the side of Incfile. But as we previously mentioned Northwest customer support is simply superior to any other. Their representatives are far more knowledgeable and are easier to get a hold of.

We have also covered the difference between Incfile and LegalZoom in a separate article.

Why we like Incfile

$0 formation cost + state filing fee
1 FREE year of registered agent services
Very solid customer feedback

Why we dislike Incfile

Many upsells
Value to cost

High

Ease of Use

Easy

Speed

Fast

Customer Care

High

Reputation
Trusted
More services
Many

ZenBusiness (like many similar companies) is cheaper than Northwest. It starts with a package that costs $49 (+ state fees) and has everything that the one-time payment option of Northwest has, except for fast filing.

We also need to note that ZenBusiness offers the registered agent service free for one year, while Northwest doesn’t.

With that being said, Northwest is a great option when it comes to quality of service. Their reputation as a registered agent makes the extra money you pay worth it.

For a deeper dive, check out our head-to-head comparison of ZenBusiness vs Northwest.

Why we like ZenBusiness

Exceptional customer reviews
File your business for $49 + state fees
Super professional

Why we dislike ZenBusiness

Established in 2015, limited record
Value to cost

High

Ease of Use

Easy

Speed

Fast

Customer Care

High

Reputation
Trusted
More services
Many

When you compare a mid-sized company (Northwest) to an industry giant (LegalZoom), you can assume there will be differences.

LegalZoom is a very trusted service provider in the eyes of the customer, and that comes with the brand power they have obtained.

The main difference lays when comparing the packages they have to offer. Northwest has single pricing for a service, while LegalZoom offers one service at multiple price points.

With Northwest you get same-day processing, wherewith LegalZoom it varies from the package you have.

Overall if you opt for LegalZooms economy package you might end up saving a couple of bucks but end up sacrificing other assets and vice versa.

While it can take LegalZoom’s base package up to 30 days for LLC approval, Northwest usually takes about 2-7 days.

Here’s an article that will help you better understand how long it takes to set up an LLC.

LegalZoom offers excellent customer service. But since Northwest is built around providing premium customer service, it’s safe to say you’d be more satisfied when speaking to a Northwest representative.

Why we like LegalZoom

File your business for $79 + state fees
4.1 / 5 rating on Trustpilot
Lifetime customer support

Why we dislike LegalZoom

Registered agent services not included
Value to cost

Average

Ease of Use

Easy

Speed

Average

Customer Care

High

Reputation
Trusted
More Services

Many

Bizfilings is great for those who want to go with the least expensive package. But for anything else, Northwest is the clear winner here.

Bizfilings is also cheaper than Northwest, but it falls short when it comes to the more expensive packages. The extra price you will pay if you go with Northwest will at least give you more bang for your buck.

Why we like BizFilings

Starts at $99 filing + state fee
6 months of FREE registered agent services
98% Customer Satisfaction Rating

Why we dislike BizFilings

Premium packages are very expensive
Value to cost

Average

Ease of Use

Easy

Speed

Average

Customer Care

High

Reputation
Trusted
More Services
Many

Northwest Registered Agent Conclusion

What you see is what you get. Their business strategy is very simple to understand.

They offer great services to all of their customers and have a stellar reputation. There are no pricing tricks to confuse you into getting what you don’t want.

A single package offer for providing excellent services.

Here’s a quote from Northwest Registered Agent that summarises the review:

“Basically, we’re always thinking and working towards getting you what you need as fast as possible.”

Overall, starting a business through Northwest gives you a lot of upsides for staying on top of the law requirements.

With the services they offer, your business will stay organized which will make your life that much easier.

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