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Register a Foreign LLC in Kentucky

To register a foreign LLC in Kentucky, you must file a Kentucky Certificate of Authority with the Kentucky Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Certificate of Authority costs $90 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Kentucky answers the most common questions about how to file the Kentucky Certificate of Authority, but you can also sign up for our Kentucky Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in Kentucky?


How long does it take for the state to process the Kentucky Application for Registration?

Documents are typically processed the same day.

How will I get verification of registration back from Kentucky?

You will receive a confirmation card by mail or in person.

What forms do I file with Kentucky to register my out of state LLC?

The Certificate of Authority form and the filing fee is required.

What do I need from my home state?


Will I need an Kentucky registered agent for my LLC?

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

Does the Kentucky registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Kentucky Application for Registration?

By mail or in person.

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

Kentucky Secretary of State
PO Box 718
Frankfort, KY 40602-0718
Room 154, Capitol Building
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502)564-3490

Do the signatures on the Kentucky LLC application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A member or manager must sign the foreign LLC filing.

Are there any weird things about registering in Kentucky?

Once you receive your confirmation card verifying your filing, you will want to go online and print a copy of your proof of filing to be filed with the local county clerk’s office, in the county in which your registered agent resides. No publication is required, unless specified by the county.

If you hire Northwest to make the foreign qualification filing for you, we will take care of the county filing on your behalf.

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

Kentucky annual reports are due June 30th.

What about Kentucky taxes?

You have to pay Kentucky taxes just like any other Kentucky LLC.

How do I withdraw from doing business in Kentucky?

You can file an Application for Certificate of Withdrawal if you would like to withdraw your business from Kentucky.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have an Kentucky registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Kentucky. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agent services.

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.

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