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Register a Foreign LLC in North Dakota

To register a foreign LLC in North Dakota, you must file a North Dakota Certificate of Authority Foreign Limited Liability Application with the North Dakota Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail, by fax, or in person. The Certificate of Authority costs $135 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in North Dakota answers the most common questions about how to file the North Dakota Certificate of Authority, but you can also sign up for our North Dakota 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 North Dakota?

$135 for normal processing.

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

Normal & fax processing: 30 days, plus additional time for mailing.

How will I get verification of registration back from North Dakota?

You will receive a verification certificate by mail.

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

The Certificate of Authority Foreign Limited Liability Company Application form, a Certificate of Good Standing or Existence, and the filing fee is required.

The application form may need to be accompanied by a certification of professional license from the North Dakota licensing board for the profession verifying that the practitioners of the LLC have been licensed to provide the professional service, if your company is a foreign professional LLC.

A signed consent to use of name and the filing fee of $10 is required when your LLC is aware of a conflict with its LLC name in North Dakota. A Trade Name Registration and the filing fee of $25 is also required when your LLC assumes a name, other than its original LLC name, for use in North Dakota.

What do I need from my home state?

A Certificate of Good Standing/Existence is required.

Does it need to be an original copy?


How current does the certificate need to be?

It must be current within 90 days of filing.

Will I need an North Dakota registered agent for my LLC?

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 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 North Dakota registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the North Dakota Application for Registration?

By mail, fax or in person.

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

North Dakota Secretary of State
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500 P
hone: (701)328-4284 or (701)328-2904
Fax: (701)328-2992

Do the signatures on the North Dakota LLC application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A person authorized by the LLC must sign the application and provide an email address and phone number so that the office may contact them with any questions or concerns.

If the documents are being submitted by someone other than the LLC, you will need to provide a cover letter with the name and telephone number of the responsible individual so that any deficiencies can be remedied by telephone.

Are there any weird things about registering in North Dakota?

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

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

The North Dakota annual report is due before November 15th in the year following that in which the Certificate of Authority is issued. The annual report forms will be mailed to the registered agent.

You should also learn about North Dakota taxes.

What are your fees?

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

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Withdraw foreign LLC from North Dakota

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