Metrolina Business Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Morton & Gettys, is a professional registered agent company. It serves as a registered agent for companies doing business in South Carolina. State law requires that companies operating within the state register with the South Carolina Secretary of State and designate an agent with a physical presence in the state for service of process. Businesses failing to take these steps can lose certain legal rights, such as the ability to bring a lawsuit within the state. The registered agent can also act as a physical place of business within the state for businesses lacking such a presence.