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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in North Dakota

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

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Free Guide to Registering a Foreign Nonprofit in North Dakota

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

File the Certificate of Authority Foreign Corporation Application with the North Dakota Secretary of State. Include a Certificate of Good Standing dated within 90 days of your application date. The form can be filed by mail, fax, or in person.

How much does it cost to qualify a foreign non-profit in North Dakota?

The filing fee is $50. If filing by mail or fax, you can pay with a credit card by including your card number on a cover sheet submitted with your formation documents.

How long does it take North Dakota to process my filing?

Seven to 10 days.

Does North Dakota require any paperwork from my home state?

Yes. With the certificate of authority application, you need to attach a Certificate of Good Standing dated within 90 days of your application date.

How many directors are required to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No directors are required to sign, but the names and addresses of each director and officer is required on the form.

Who needs to sign the Certificate of Authority?

Anyone authorized by the nonprofit corporation to sign the formation documents.

Does my registered agent need to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No.

Will I need a registered agent in North Dakota?

Yes. When you hire Northwest Registered Agent as your North Dakota registered agent, it’s a flat yearly rate of $125, 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 four 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 prepopulated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page in your online account.

Do foreign non-profit corporations need to file annual reports in North Dakota?

Yes. Annual reports for North Dakota non profits and foreign nonprofits are due on February 1st each year. The annual report form will be mailed to your registered agent. The filing fee is $25.

Are there any other State nonprofit registrations I need to know about?

You will want to apply for North Dakota tax exempt status with the Office of the State Tax Commissioner.

If your nonprofit will solicit donations, you will also want to register as a North Dakota charity.

File your Certificate of Authority with:

Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
Phone: 800-352-0867
Website: www.nd.gov/sos/

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