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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in North Carolina

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of North Carolina, you must file an Application for a Certificate of Authority with the Corporations Division. You can submit this document by mail. The Application for a Certificate of Authority for a North Carolina foreign nonprofit corporation costs $125 to file ($127 online). Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for a Certificate of Authority and register a foreign nonprofit in North Carolina. Or, you can simply sign up for our North Carolina Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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Is my foreign non-profit able to conduct affairs in North Carolina?

Only after your foreign non-profit files an Application for a Certificate of Authority.

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An attorney licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina has reviewed the blank template offered on our website to North Carolina consumers, including each and every part thereof that may appear in the completed document. The name and address of the reviewing attorney is kept on file by Northwest Registered Agent Service, Inc and will be provided to the consumer upon request.

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Northwest does not disclaim any warranties or liability and does not limit the recovery of damages or other remedies by the consumer. Northwest does not require the consumer to agree to jurisdiction or venue in any state other than North Carolina for the resolution of disputes between the provider and the consumer.

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Will I need a certificate of existence?

You will need to include a duly authenticated Certificate of Existence from the state where your foreign non-profit was formed. This certificate of Existence cannot be more than six months old.

Is there a filing fee?

Yes, it is $125 to register properly as an NC nonprofit corporation. There is a $2 processing fee for online filings. 24-hour expediting is available for an additional $100.

What do I need to include with the Application for a Certificate of Authority?

You will need to include the filing fee as well as the form and one copy of the form. Also attach the Certificate of Existence, and if you’re required to use a fictitious name make sure to include a certified copy of the resolution adopting the fictitious name.

Do I need a registered agent in North Carolina for my foreign non-profit?

Yes, you are required to have a registered office and an NC registered agent with a North Carolina street address. We can provide the registered agent service for you in this state as well as your own starting at just $125 per year.

Additional Resources:

North Carolina Charity Registration
North Carolina Nonprofit Tax Exemptions

Where do I submit my Application, fee, and all appropriate documents to?

Corporations Division
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

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