What does it cost to register a foreign corporation in Alabama?
$150 for normal processing (foreign corporation).
$100 additional for expedited processing.
How long does it take for the state to process the Alabama Certificate of Authority?
Normal processing: 6 months, plus additional time for mailing.
Expedited processing: 10-14 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
In person processing: while you wait for expedited processing.
How will I get verification of qualification back from Alabama?
You will receive a copy of the application with a certified stamp on the back by mail.
What forms do I file with Alabama to qualify my out of state corporation?
Two copies of the Application for Certificate of Authority of a Foreign Corporation to Transact Business in Alabama form, a certified copy of your articles of incorporation with all amendments thereto and the filing fee.
What do I need from my home state?
A certified copy of your articles of incorporation with all amendments dated within 6 months.
Does it need to be an original copy?
How current does the certificate need to be?
Within 6 months.
Will I need an Alabama registered agent for my corporation?
Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent, it's a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year, you'll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states you're registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You'll receive annual report reminders. It's the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.
You'll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they are emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.
Does the Alabama registered agent need to sign the filing?
How can I file the Alabama Certificate of Authority?
Applications are accepted by mail, in person or by fax.
What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?
State of Alabama
Alabama Secretary of State
PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
100 North Union Street, Suite 770
Montgomery, AL 36130
Do the signatures on the Alabama corporation application need to be original?
No. Foreign corporation applications may be filed by fax to the Secretary of State's office.
Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?
A corporate officer will need to sign the application.
Are there any weird things about registering in Alabama?
You will need to provide the mailing address of all directors and officers. County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.
Are there ongoing Alabama annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?
Annual reports are due March 15th. The initial report is due 2 1/2 months after the tax ending period. Any new companies formed or registering to do business in Alabama have to file an initial Business Privilege Tax Return within 2.5 months of the incorporation date.
What are your fees?
You'll need to have an Alabama registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Alabama. It's a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents. Here's a little more about our registered agent service.
We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.