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COVID-19 Update:

As an essential business, we’ve been blessed to stay busy. We’re open, fully operational, and committed to providing the highest level of customer service. But let’s be honest: Covid-19 sucks! While Northwest Registered Agent can’t make face masks or work on medical breakthroughs, we can help you stay in business or start a new one. For those struggling, we’ve never charged a late fee and if you’re a current customer and can’t pay your bill, that’s okay. We don’t need to adjust our systems or offer you a coupon code. If you can’t pay us—don’t—we’ll float you as long as possible. We witness our country’s resilience every day as we’ve been flooded with orders from people starting new businesses. While most of our Corporate Guides are now working remote, our efficiency has gone down, but we’ve hired 17 new people since March 1, and we’re figuring out how to hire remote workers better. We’re ramping up for the future, whatever that means for all of us. Thanks for the opportunity to help serve you along the way.

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Register a Foreign Corporation in Delaware

To register a foreign corporation in Delaware, you must file a Delaware Foreign Corporation Certificate with the Delaware Division of Corporations. You can submit this document by mail, fax, or in person. The Foreign Corporation Certificate for a foreign Delaware corporation costs $245 to file. Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about how to file the Foreign Corporation Certificate and register a foreign corporation in Delaware. Or, sign up for our Delaware Foreign Corporation service, and we’ll handle your filing instead!

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What does it cost to register a foreign corporation in Delaware?

The Delaware filing fee is $245.

$50 additional for 24 business hour expedited processing, but Delaware mails it back, which takes about a week.

$100 additional for same day expedited processing.

How long does it take for the state to process the Delaware Certificate of Authority?

Standard Processing: around 2 business days.
Expedited Processing: 1 day for an additional $50 expedite fee.

How will I get verification of qualification back from Delaware?

A Certificate of Qualification will be sent by mail.

What forms do I file with Delaware to qualify my out of State Corporation?

A cover letter with your name, address and phone/fax number is requested. The Foreign Corporation Certificate form and a Certificate of Good Standing is required.

What do I need from my home state?

A Certificate of Good Standing.

Does it need to be an original copy?


How current does the certificate need to be?

Less than 6 months old.

Will I need an Delaware registered agent for my corporation?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your DE 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 Delaware registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Delaware Certificate of Authority?

By mail, fax or in person.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

Delaware Division of Corporations
401 Federal Street, Suite 4
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302)739-3073
Fax: (302)739-3812

Do the signatures on the Delaware corporation application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?

An authorized officer must sign the form.

Are there any weird things about registering in Delaware?

Foreign corporations in Delaware must disclose current assets and liabilities.

Is there ongoing Delaware annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

Annual reports are due June 30th.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have an Delaware registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Delaware. 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.

Additional DE Corporation Resources:

Delaware Taxes
Withdraw a Foreign Delaware Corporation
State by State Foreign Corporation Requirements

Corporate Compliance
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