And why did its 1936 registration as a corporation with the State of Idaho say the nature of the business is “To serve Members of the Bar of this state or any other state and foreign country, in any lawful manner, in the organization, registration, and qualification of corporations, domestic and foreign.”
This same corporation is listed on the IDAHO SECRETARY OF STATE with the business category of “CORPORATION, GENERAL BUSINESS”. Its state of origin is Delaware and its Date of Origination /Authorization is given as 08 Sep 1936.
So I go over to the listing of Delaware corporations and the name and address is there but nothing more.http://corp.delaware.gov/agents/a9000010.shtml
However, if you follow this link, you will find yourself on the webstie of Wolters Kluwer. There you will find its subsidiary and a description of what it is:
CT Corporation is the leader for corporate business compliance, offering solutions for managing corporate and secured transactions, entities, service of process, and statutory representation. CT Corporation is committed to helping corporate legal departments and law firms find cost-effective ways to embrace regulatory compliance solutions and best practices while reducing operational and brand risk.
CT Corporation has extensive knowledge of state and local government requirements, .... The result, CT Corporation's solutions equip business and law firm professionals with the speed, reliability, quality, and expertise they need to increase their productivity and effectiveness.
Under “History” we discover that:
In 1892, CT – then CT Corporation – opened its doors for business. Its original charter was “to carry on a general agency business, especially the acting as agent of and trustee for corporations.”
While not able to discover paperwork relating to this 1892 date, the 1936 documents of
what would be called today “The Articles of Corporation” for the State of Idaho, we find the nature of the business is “To serve Members of the Bar of this state or any other state and foreign country, in any lawful manner, in the organization, registration, and qualification of corporations, domestic and foreign.” But instead of being as an Article of Corporation, the document is called “CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION OF FOREIGN CORPORATION”, I suppose indicating Idaho consider Delaware a “foreign state”.
Now if we look at the “Milestones” listed on the Wolters Kluwer official website we see something interesting. In 1892, “The Corporation Trust Company of New Jersey is organized.” And in 1895, “CT becomes the first company to assist lawyers with the details of incorporating and qualifying corporations in all states and territories.” Yes appears to be in business to serve members of the Bar.
I find it odd that in the Milestone list, the 1907 incorporation as a Delaware corporation is not mentioned. But in 1955 the Milestone lists that “CT exceeds 75,000 units of statutory representation (domestic and foreign units).” And by 1974, “CT exceeds 250,000 units of statutory representation (domestic and foreign units).” And there are no other milestones indicating how big the company has grown since 1974.
What is happening here is that in the Wikipedia discussion of CT is the following, “CT Corporation is the largest registered agent service firm in the world  representing hundreds of thousands of business entities worldwide. It provides software and services that legal professionals use.” While the citation is missing, it could very well be true. They were at 250,000 all the way back in 1974.
Bit shocked when the top result said:
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So I suspect the needed citation has been found. The company itself must be advertising itself as the “largest registered agent service firm in the world” and who am I to argue?
So I go to Wilipedia and look up “Registered Agent”
and find out that:
A registered agent, also known as a resident agent or statutory agent, in United States business law, is a business or individual designated to receive service of process (SOP) when a business entity is a party in a legal action such as a lawsuit or summons.
The purpose of a Registered Agent is to provide a legal address (not a P.O. Box) within that jurisdiction where there are persons available during normal business hours to facilitate legal service of process being served in the event of a legal action or lawsuit. Generally, the registered agent is also the person to whom the state government sends all official documents required each year for tax and legal purposes, such as franchise tax notices and annual report forms. It is the registered agent's job to forward these suit documents and notices to the entity itself. Registered Agents generally will also notify business entities if their state government filing status is in "Good Standing" or not. The reason that these notifications are a desired function of a registered agent is that it is difficult for a business entity to keep track of legislative changes and report due dates for multiple jurisdictions given the disparate laws of different states.
The "Big Four" national registered agent service providers are CT Corporation (CT), Corporation Service Company (CSC), National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI), and InCorp Services, Inc. (InCorp).