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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Minnesota

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Minnesota, you must file a Foreign Corporation Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota with the Minnesota Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail, in person, or online. The Foreign Corporation Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota costs $70 for online and expedited in-person filings and $50 if you file by mail. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Foreign Corporation Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota and register a foreign nonprofit in Minnesota. Or, you can simply sign up for our Minnesota Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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Download the Foreign Corporation Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota. Fill out the form and submit it to the state.

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

Complete the Foreign Corporation Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota and file the form with the Minnesota Secretary of State either by mail, online, or in person.

What’s the cost to register a foreign non-profit Minnesota?

The fee is $70 for online and expedited in-person processing. If you file by mail, the cost is $50. The $20 difference is basically an expedite fee. When you hire Northwest to register your foreign nonprofit in Minnesota, we’ll file your paperwork online for $295 total. That includes the $70 online filing fee, our $100 registration fee, and $125 for one full year of our Minnesota registered agent service.

How long will it take Minnesota to process my Certificate of Authority?

If you file online, the turnaround time is typically around two day, and expedited in-person filings will get processed while you wait. If you file the certificate of authority by mail, the wait time can be days or weeks longer. When you hire Northwest, we’ll file your paperwork online and get your foreign nonprofit registered in two business days.

Does Minnesota require a Certificate of Good Standing from my non-profit corporation’s home state?

No, Minnesota only requires that you list the state in which your nonprofit organization was originally incorporated.

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

You betcha! When you hire Northwest as your registered agent in Minnesota, 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 registered agent need to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No, Minnesota doesn’t require the registered agent to sign the certificate of authority.

What kind of annual requirements does Minnesota have for foreign non-profit corporations?

The state does not require an annual report or renewal for foreign nonprofit corporations in Minnesota.

Additional Non-Profit Resources:

Non-Profit Tax Exemption

Charity Registration

To qualify a foreign non-profit in Minnesota:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 1-877-551-6767
Website: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=3

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