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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 Pennsylvania

To register a foreign corporation in Pennsylvania, you must file a Pennsylvania Application for Certificate of Authority with the Pennsylvania Department of State, Corporation Bureau. You can submit this document by mail, in person, or online. The Application for Certificate of Authority for a foreign Pennsylvania corporation costs $250 to file. Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Certificate of Authority and register a foreign corporation in Pennsylvania. Or, sign up for our Pennsylvania Foreign Corporation service, and we’ll handle your filing instead!

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

$250 for online filing. $250 for normal processing. $250 for non-profit.

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

Online Processing: 10 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
Normal Processing: 15 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
In Person Processing: 1-2 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

Expedited Services:

1 hour service (received before 4:00 p.m.) $1,000
3 hour service (received before 2:00 p.m.) $300
Same-day service (received before 10:00 a.m.) $100

How will I get verification of qualification back from Pennsylvania?

Upon the filing of this form the applicant shall be authorized to do business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and no certificate of authority will be issued to the applicant by the Department. However, you will receive a confirmation letter with an entity number and publication instructions by mail.

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

The Application for Certificate of Authority form, a Docketing Statement, and the filing fee are required. Additional forms may be necessary on a case-by-case basis.

What do I need from my home state?


Will I need an Pennsylvania registered agent for my corporation?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent, 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, and they are emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the Pennsylvania registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Pennsylvania Certificate of Authority?

By mail, in person or online.

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

Pennsylvania Department of State
Corporation Bureau
PO Box 8722,
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722
401 North Street, Room 206
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone: (717)787-1057

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


Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?

An authorized officer of the corporation must sign the form.

Are there any weird things about registering in Pennsylvania?

  • A Docketing Statement form is required in addition to the Application form and the filing fee. Additional forms may also be required as noted on the instructions page of the Application form.
  • Publication of either the intent to file or the actual filing of the application for certificate of authority must be made in two newspapers of general circulation, one a legal journal, if possible. Proofs of publication of such advertising should not be submitted to the Department of State, but should be filed with the minutes of the corporation. See our page on:”How to publish notice of your Pennsylvania articles of incorporation” for more info.

Northwest provides the cheapest journals to publish in, and the cheapest way to write the notice, plus we give it to you on templates after you sign up for service. If you hire Northwest to make the foreign qualification filing for you, we handle the publication in the papers. The total price you pay us includes the expensive newspaper advertising fees.

Are there ongoing Pennsylvania annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

Pennsylvania taxes, as well.

What are your fees?

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

Pennsylvania corporation
Withdraw Pennsylvania foreign corporation
State by state foreign corporation requirements

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