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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Maine

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Maine, you must file a Certificate of Authority with the Maine Secretary of State’s Division of Corporations, UCC and Commission. You can submit this document by mail. The Certificate of Authority for a Maine foreign nonprofit corporation costs $45 to file. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Certificate of Authority and register a foreign nonprofit in Maine. Or, you can simply sign up for our Maine Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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How do I register my foreign non-profit corporation in Maine?

File a Certificate of Authority with the Maine Secretary of State’s Division of Corporations, UCC and Commission.

What’s the cost to qualify a foreign non-profit corporation in Maine?

The filing fee for foreign nonprofit corporations in Maine is $45. However, if you want to pay the 24-hour expedite fee, there is an additional cost of $50. Or, if you want to pay the immediate-service expedite fee, it’s an additional $100.

How long will it take Maine to process foreign non-profit qualifications?

If you don’t pay the expedite fee, it will take Maine about two to three weeks to qualify a foreign nonprofit. If you pay the $50 expedite fee, they will process your request within 24 hours. If you pay the $100 expedite fee, they will process your request immediately. Be sure to factor in time for mailing if you’re not filing in person.

At Northwest, we prepare and submit your filings by mail. With normal processing, we typically have foreign nonprofits in 14 days (5 days expedited).

Does Maine require any paperwork from my home state?

Yes, Maine does require a Certificate of Good Standing dated within 90 day of the filing (or its equivalent) to be attached to the certificate of authority application.

Will I need a Maine registered agent for my foreign non-profit corporation?

Absolutely! When you hire Northwest as your registered agent in Maine, 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.

Does the Maine registered agent have to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No, your registered agent is not required to sign the certificate of authority.

What about annual reports? What does Maine require from foreign non-profit corporations on a yearly basis?

Yes, all foreign nonprofit corporations in Maine file an annual report that due each year by June 1st. The filing fee for foreign nonprofit corporations is $150. If your report is late, there is a $50 late fee. Also, your first report will be due on June 1st no matter how late in the year you file your certificate of authority.

Additional Non-Profit Resources:

Maine Non-Profit Tax Exemption

Maine Charity Registration

File your Certificate of Authority with:

Secretary of State
Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
Phone: (207) 624-7752 Website: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/corp/nonprofit.html

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