Register a Foreign Corporation in Mississippi
To register a foreign corporation in Mississippi, you must file a Mississippi Certificate of Authority with the Mississippi Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail, online, or in person. The Certificate of Authority costs $500 for a profit corporation to file and $100 for a non-profit corporation. The following guide on registering a foreign corporation in Mississippi answers the most common questions about how to file the Mississippi Certificate of Authority, but you can also sign up for our Colorado Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.
Certificate of Authority
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What does it cost to register a foreign corporation in Mississippi?
$500 for a profit corporation.
$100 for a non-profit corporation.
How long does it take for the state to process the Mississippi Certificate of Authority?
Mississippi accepts applications online, by mail, and in person. Processing times depend on your method of filing.
- Online: In general, Mississippi processes online filings within 24 hours of receiving them.
- Mail: The state typically processes mailed filings in 2-3 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
- In Person: Mississippi will process in person filings within 2-3 business days.
How will I get verification of qualification back from Mississippi?
If you file online, you will receive an email with your filed document. If you file by mail, you will receive a stamped copy of your application by mail.
What forms do I file with Mississippi to qualify my out of state corporation?
Everything can be done online now. You can file your application, upload your certificate of existence, and pay the filing fee online. If you prefer, you can use the online system to populate and then print the required forms and mail them with a check. Mailed documents take longer to process.
What do I need from my home state?
A Certificate of Existence is required.
Does it need to be an original copy?
How current does the certificate need to be?
It must be issued within 60 days of this application.
Will I need an Mississippi registered agent for my corporation?
Yes, when you hire Northwest as your MS corporation. 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 Mississippi registered agent need to sign the filing?
No. When you file online, you just have to certify that the registered agent was notified and accepted the appointment.
How can I file the Mississippi Certificate of Authority?
Online, by mail, or in person.
What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?
Mississippi Secretary of State
PO Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Do the signatures on the Mississippi corporation application need to be original?
Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?
The chairman of the board, the president, or another of the officers of the corporation must sign the form.
Are there any weird things about registering in Mississippi?
County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.
Are there ongoing Mississippi annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?
MS annual reports are due April 15th.
What are your fees?
You’ll need to have an Mississippi registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Mississippi. 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.