Foreign Corporation Registration

SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY

If you need to do some work in a different state, you’ll find a free step-by-step guide to registering your corporation as a foreign corporation in any state here on these pages. We have information like how much it costs, how long it takes, what’s the quickest and easiest way to make it happen, what your annual reports will be, what your taxes will be and much more. You can do the filing yourself with our tips by clicking on the state you need, you can do the filing and hire us to be the registered agent, or we can do the filing for $100 plus the state filing fees.

You’ll most likely need to get a Certificate of Good Standing or a certified copy of your Articles of Incorporation from your home state of incorporation to use with the foreign corporation form for the state you’re looking to register in. Some states do not require this though, so please take a look at the state you want to go into to see. All the info you need is on the links to the left.

Once you make that filing, you’ll get a Certificate of Authority for your corporation to transact business in the state.

More than likely, you’ll need to register with the state’s division or department of revenue, and possibly get licensing to actually start working in the state. We can help you with this as well.

Our business is registered in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to act as your registered agent, and help you make the filings if needed. We do this all day, and can get your company registered as quick as possible. We also don’t mark up any state fees when you use our service to register your foreign corporation.

Register Corporation in:

Alabama Hawaii Michigan North Carolina Utah
Alaska Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Vermont
Arizona Illinois Mississippi Ohio Virginia
Arkansas Indiana Missouri Oklahoma Washington
California Iowa Montana Oregon West Virginia
Colorado Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Connecticut Kentucky Nevada Rhode Island Wyoming
Delaware Louisiana New Hampshire South Dakota
District of Columbia Maine New Jersey South Carolina
Florida Maryland New Mexico Tennessee
Georgia Massachusetts New York  Texas

 

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

Yes (dated within 6 months)

Yes

Submit in duplicate.

Name reservation required ($28)

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

District of Columbia

$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

A copy of the most recent stamped corporate filing that includes the corporation’s name and 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