Register a Foreign LLC in Michigan
To register a foreign LLC in Michigan, you must file a Michigan Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Michigan with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Commercial Services, Corporation Division. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Michigan costs $50 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Michigan answers the most common questions about how to file the Michigan Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Michigan, but you can also sign up for our Michigan Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.
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Foreign Michigan LLC Application for Certificate of Authority
What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in Michigan?
$50 for normal processing.
$50 additional for expedited 24 business hour processing.
$100 additional for expedited same day processing (must be received by 1 p.m. EST or EDT).
$500 additional for expedited 2 business hour processing (must be received by 3 p.m. EST or EDT).
$1,000 additional for expedited 1 business hour processing (must be received by 4 p.m. EST or EDT).
How long does it take for the state to process the Michigan Application for Registration?
Normal Processing: Typically 3-5 business days, plus additional time for mailing. However, during busy time periods, the state may take weeks longer.
In Person Processing: 3-5 business days, unless paying for expedited processing.
Expedited Processing: 24 hour, same day. 2 hour and 1 hour processing is available.
How will I get verification of registration back from Michigan?
You will receive the originally filed form back to the address listed on the form or possibly by return fax.
What forms do I file with Michigan to register my out of state LLC?
The Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Michigan form and the filing fee are required to register an out of state LLC. An expedite form is required for expedite service.
What do I need from my home state?
A Certificate of Good Standing is required.
Does it need to be an original copy?
How current does the certificate need to be?
It cannot be dated earlier than 30 days prior to filing.
Will I need an Michigan registered agent for my LLC?
Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent service, 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 Michigan registered agent need to sign the filing?
How can I file the Michigan Application for Registration?
By mail or in person. An expedite form is required for expedite service.
What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
Bureau of Commercial Services
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909-7554
2501 Woodlake Circle
Phone: (517) 241-6470
Fax: (517) 636-6437
Do the signatures on the Michigan LLC application need to be original?
Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?
A person authorized by the LLC must sign the form.
Are there any weird things about registering in Michigan?
County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.
Are there ongoing Michigan annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?
Michigan annual reports are due February 15th.
What about Michigan taxes?
How do I withdraw my business from Michigan?
You can withdraw a business from Michigan by filing a Certificate of Withdrawal.
What are your fees?
You’ll need to have an Michigan registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Michigan. 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.