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Register a Foreign LLC in South Carolina

To register a foreign LLC in South Carolina, you must file a South Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority with the South Carolina Secretary of State, Business Filings Division. You can submit this document by mail, in person, or online. The Application for Certificate of Authority costs $110 to file ($125 online). The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in South Carolina answers the most common questions about how to file the South Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority, but you can also sign up for our South Carolina 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 South Carolina?

$125 for online filing. $110 for normal processing.

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

Online Processing: 24-48 business hours.
Normal Processing: 7-10 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
In-Person Processing: while you wait at no additional charge.

How will I get verification of registration back from South Carolina?

If filing in person you will receive it there, if filing by mail you will receive a file stamped copy by mail, if filing online you will receive a verification email.

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

The Application for Certificate of Authority form (in duplicate), a Certificate of Existence and the filing fee is required.

What do I need from my home state?

A 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 30 days of filing.

Will I need an South Carolina 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 South Carolina registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the South Carolina Application for Registration?

By mail, in person or online.

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

South Carolina Secretary of State Business Filings Division PO Box 11350, Columbia, SC 29211 or Edgar Brown Building 1205 Pendleton Street Suite 525, Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: (803)734-2158

Do the signatures on the South Carolina LLC application need to be original?

Yes, if filing by mail or in person.

Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A member or a manager of the LLC must sign the form.

Are there any weird things about registering in South Carolina?

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

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

No initial or annual reports are required.

What are your fees?

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

certificate of good standing
South Carolina Annual Report
South Carolina registered agent
SC taxes 
South Carolina withdraw foreign LLC
South Carolina LLC
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out of state LLC

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