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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in South Dakota

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of South Dakota, you must file a Non-stock Application for Certificate of Authority with the South Dakota Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail or in person (online filing is not available). The Non-stock Application for Certificate of Authority for a South Dakota foreign nonprofit corporation costs $125 to file. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Non-stock Application for Certificate of Authority and register a foreign nonprofit in South Dakota. Or, you can simply sign up for our South Dakota 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 South Dakota?

File a Non-stock Application for Certificate of Authority with the South Dakota Secretary of State. The form must be filed in duplicate. You can file by mail or in person.

What kind of information is required on the South Dakota Certificate of Authority?

Include the following on the form:

  • Nonprofit corporation name.
  • Registered agent information.
  • Names and addresses of the nonprofit’s principal directors and officers.
  • Nonprofit corporation’s purpose.
  • A Certificate of Good Standing from the nonprofit’s home state, dated within 90 days of the filing.

How much does it cost to qualify a foreign nonprofit in South Dakota?

The filing fee is $125. You can pay with a check or money order.

Do I need any kind of paperwork from my home state?

Yes, you’ll need to attach a Certificate of Good Standing dated within 90 days of the filing.

Will I need a registered agent in South Dakota for my foreign non-profit corporation?

Absolutely! When you hire Northwest Registered Agent as your registered agent, it’s a flat rate 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 South Dakota registered agent need to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No. The SD registered agent doesn’t need to sign the certificate of authority.

Do foreign non-profit corporations need to file annual report?

Yes. The annual report for foreign SD nonprofit corporations is due by the end of the nonprofit corporation’s anniversary month. The filing fee is $10. You can file the report online or by mail.

Additional South Dakota Nonprofit Resources:

SD Nonprofit Tax Exemptions

South Dakota contact info:

South Dakota Secretary of State
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605)773-4845
Website: www.sdsos.gov

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