Foreign Corporation Registration

REGISTER AS A FOREIGN CORPORATION

Does your corporation need to transact business in another state? You’ll need to register your business as a foreign corporation. In the chart below, you’ll find the fees and other general requirements for registering a foreign corporation. Need more details for a particular state (such as state contact information and filing times), click on the name of the state in the chart.

If you prefer, you can also hire us to register your foreign corporation for you. We do foreign qualification filings all day for just $100 plus state fees. Foreign corporations are required to have registered agents in their new state, and we provide expert registered agent service for $125 a year. We serve all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and we’re happy to help you with your business needs. When you call, you’ll talk to a real person and receive expert customer service.

 

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State by State Foreign Corporation Requirements

Fee

Form

Certificate of Existence or Good Standing Required

Certified Copy of Formation Docs and Amendments Required

Registered Agent Required

Misc.

Alabama

$150

Foreign Corporation Application for Registration

No

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Yes (dated within 6 months)

Yes

Submit in duplicate.

Name reservation required ($28)

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Alaska

$350

Certificate of Authority, Foreign Business Corporation

No

No

Yes

Arizona

$175

Application for Authority to Transact Business or Conduct Affairs in Arizona

Yes (dated within 60 days)

Yes (dated within 60 days)

Yes, and Statutory Agent Acceptance Form is required

Newspaper publishing requirements.

Certificate of Disclosure required (dated within 30 days)

Arkansas

$300 ($270 online)

Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within 30 days)

No

Yes

Certified Copy of Amendment (dated within 60 days) acceptable in lieu of CoE

California

$100

Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation

Yes (dated within 6 months)

No

Yes

Colorado

$100

Statement of Foreign Entity Authority

No

No

Yes

Online submissions only

Connecticut

$385

Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Delaware

$245

Qualification of a Foreign Corporation

Yes (dated within 6 months)

No

Yes

DC

$220

Foreign Registration Statement

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Florida

$70

Application by Foreign Corporation for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Georgia

$225

Application for Certificate of Authority for Foreign Profit or Nonprofit Corporation

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Hawaii

$50

Application for Certificate of Authority for Foreign Corporation

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Additional State Archives Fee of $1

Idaho

$100

Foreign Registration Statement

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Submit in duplicate.

Handwritten applications subject to additional $20 fee

Illinois

$175

minimum

Application for Authority to Transact Business in Illinois

No

Yes (dated within 90 days)

Yes

Submit in duplicate

Indiana

$125

Foreign Registration Statement

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Iowa

$100

Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Kansas

$115

Application for Registration of Foreign Covered Entity

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Kentucky

$90

Certificate of Authority, Foreign Business Entity

No

No

Yes

Louisiana

$125

Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Maine

$250

Application for Authority to Do Business

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Maryland

$100

Foreign Corporation Qualification

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Massachusetts

$400

Foreign Corporation Certificate of Registration

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Michigan

$60

Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business or Conduct Affairs in Michigan

Yes (dated within 30 days)

No

Yes

Minnesota

$200 ($220 in person or online)

Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota

No

No

Yes

Mississippi

$500

Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Missouri

$155

Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign For-Profit Corporation

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Montana

$70

Certificate of Authority

No (as of February 2015)

No

Yes

Online application required

Nebraska

$145

Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Submit in duplicate.

Add $5 for each additional page

Nevada

$725 minimum

Qualification to Do Business in Nevada

No

NA–copy of  most recent stamped corporate filing with total authorized stock

Yes

Newspaper publishing requirements.

Minimum $75 filing fee is for authorized stock up to $75K.

Filing fee includes $500 business license and $150 initial list fee

New Hampshire

$100

Application for Certificate of Authority – For Profit Foreign Corporation

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

New Jersey

$125

Public Records Filing for New Business Entity

Yes (dated within 30 days)

No

Yes

New Mexico

$200 minimum

Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within 30 days)

No

Yes

(Acceptance Statement required)

Submit in duplicate.

Filing fee based on number of authorized shares, amount of gross business transacted and value of property

New York

$225

Application for Authority

Yes (dated within 1 year)

No

Yes

North Carolina

$250

Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within 6 months)

No

Yes

North Dakota

$145

Certificate of Authority Foreign Corporation Application

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Ohio

$99

Foreign For-Profit Corporation Application for License

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Oklahoma

$300 minimum

Certificate of Qualification, Foreign Corporation

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Filing fee is one-tenth of 1% of capital invested.

President or VP must sign application, as well as secretary or assistant secretary

Oregon

$275

Application for Authority to Transact Business – Business/Professional

Yes (dated within 60 days) if unable to provide a registry number in home jurisdiction

No

Yes

Pennsylvania

$250

Foreign Registration Statement

No

No

Yes

Newspaper publishing requirements.

Docketing statement required

Rhode Island

$310 minimum

Application for Certificate of Authority by a Foreign Business Corporation

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Filing fee is $310 up to 75 million shares—beyond that, contact the RI Business Services Division

South Carolina

$135

Application by a Foreign Corporation for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business the State of South Carolina

Yes (dated within 30 days)

No

Yes

Filing fee includes $25 fee for Initial Annual Report

Include SASE

South Dakota

$765 ($750 online)

Application for Certificate of Authority, Foreign Business Corporation

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Tennessee

$600

Application for Certificate of Authority For-Profit Corporation

Yes (dated within 2 months)

No

Yes

Texas

$750

Application for Registration of a Foreign For-Profit Corporation

No

No

Yes

Submit in duplicate

Utah

$70

Application for Authority to Conduct Affairs for a Foreign Corporation

Yes (dated within 90 days)

No

Yes

Vermont

$125

Certificate of Authority Application

Yes (dated within 30 days)

No

Yes

Submit in duplicate, include SASE

Virginia

$50 minimum

Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Corporation

No

Yes (dated and authenticated within 12 months)

Yes

Filing fee is $50 per 25K shares up to 1 million, $2,500 fee for 1 million + shares)

Washington

$180 ($200 online)

Foreign Registration Statement

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

West Virginia

$100

Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within the current tax year)

No

Yes

Wisconsin

$100 minimum

Foreign Business Corporation Certificate of Authority Application

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes

Filing fee is $100 for up to $60K of capital in Wisconsin ($3 per $1K of capital thereafter)

Wyoming

$100

Foreign Profit Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority

Yes (dated within 60 days)

No

Yes