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Register a Foreign LLC in Maine

To register a foreign LLC in Maine, you must file a Maine Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities with the Maine Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Statement of Foreign Qualification costs $250 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Maine answers the most common questions about how to file the Maine Statement of Foreign Qualification, but you can also sign up for our Maine Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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Foreign Maine LLC Statement of Foreign Qualification

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

$250 for normal processing.
$100 additional for immediate expedited processing.
$50 additional for 24 business hour processing.

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

Normal Processing: 2-3 business weeks, plus additional time for mailing.
In Person Processing: 2-3 business weeks, unless paying for expedited service.
Expedited Processing: 24 business hour, plus additional time for mailing. While you wait services are available in person.

At Northwest, we prepare and submit your filings by mail. With normal processing, we typically have foreign LLCs in 14 days (5 days expedited).

How will I get verification of registration back from Maine?

A stamped copy of the application will be returned to you by mail.

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

The Application for Authority to do Business form, Filer Contact Cover Letter form, a Certificate of Existence and the filing fee is required.

What do I need from my home state?

Certificate of Existence is required.

Does it need to be an original copy?


How current does the certificate need to be?

Must be current within 90 days of filing.

Will I need an Maine registered agent for my LLC?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent service, we provide all the state forms and filing instructions in your online account. It’s the same price of $125 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 Maine registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Maine Application for Registration?

By mail or in person.

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

Maine Secretary of State
Division of Corporations
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
Phone: (207)624-7752

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


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

An authorized person must sign the foreign LLC filing.

Are there any weird things about registering in Maine?

County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

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

Maine annual reports are due June 1st.

What about Maine taxes?

You will be subject to Maine taxes, just like any Maine LLC.

How do I withdraw my business from Maine?

If you would like to withdraw your business from Maine, just fill out a Statement of Cancellation of Foreign Qualification.

What are your fees?

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

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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