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Register a Foreign LLC in Tennessee

To register a foreign LLC in Tennessee, you must file a Tennessee Application for Certificate of Authority with the Tennessee Department of State. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Application for Certificate of Authority costs $50 per member ($300 minimum/$3000 maximum) to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Tennessee answers the most common questions about how to file the Tennessee Application for Certificate of Authority, but you can also sign up for our Tennessee 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 Tennessee?

$50 per member ($300 minimum/$3,000 maximum) for normal processing.

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

Normal Processing: 3-4 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 Tennessee?

You will receive a file stamped copy of your form and an acknowledgement letter by mail.

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

The Application for Certificate of Authority form, a Certificate of Existence and the filing fee are required to register an out of state LLC.

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?

It must be current within 2 months of filing.

Will I need an Tennessee 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 Tennessee registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Tennessee Application for Registration?

By mail or in person.

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

Tennessee Department of State
Corporate Filings
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue 6th Floor
William R. Snodgrass Tower
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615)741-2286

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


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A person who is authorized by the LLC must sign the form.

Are there any weird things about registering in Tennessee?

A foreign PLLC must state that it is a foreign PLLC, state that its purpose is to render specified professional services, and include a statement that includes the requirements of TCA §48-249-1123(b)(3).

A foreign nonprofit LLC must state that it is a nonprofit LLC and that it meets the requirements of Section 6 of 2006 Tenn. Pub. Acts, ch. 620 (The Tennessee Revised Nonprofit Limited Liability Company Act).

County filing and/or publication may be necessary in the county in which your registered agent resides. You will receive information regarding the county requirements on your acknowledgement letter from the Department of State.

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

Tennessee annual reports are due April 1st, or on the first day of the 4th month after the close of your tax year.

You will also want to learn about Tennessee taxes.

What are your fees?

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

Tennessee resources:

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Withdraw foreign LLC from Tennessee

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