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Register a Foreign LLC in Washington

To register a foreign LLC in Washington, you must file a Washington Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration with the Washington Secretary of State, Corporations Division. You can submit this document by mail, by fax, in person, or online. The Foreign Limited Liability Company Certificate of Registration costs $200 to file online and $180 for normal processing. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Washington answers the most common questions about how to file the Washington Foreign Limited Liability Certificate of Registration, but you can also sign up for our Washington Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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Download the Washington Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration. Fill out the form and submit it to the state.

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

$200 for online.
$180 for normal processing.
$50 additional for mailed expedited processing (you must write “EXPEDITE” on the envelope when requesting this service).

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

Online Processing: 2 business days
Normal Processing: 2-3 business weeks, plus additional time for mailing.
Fax Processing: 1 business week, plus additional time for mailing.
In Person Processing: while you wait.

The fastest way to register your foreign LLC in Washington is to file in person. Don’t have time to drive to Olympia? Hire Northwest and choose 1-day filing. For an additional courier fee, we’ll have a courier service deliver your paperwork to the Office of the Secretary of State.

*NOTICE: Washington Secretary of State is temporarily closed to the public, so walk-in filings are unavailable. This includes our 1-day filing option. Online filings, including our 2-day option, are still in service. 


How will I get verification of registration back from Washington?

You will receive a certificate by mail no matter which way you file. If filing online, you will also receive an email.

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

The Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration form, a list of all current members or managers including the address for each person, a Certificate of Existence, and the filing fee is required. Fax filing requires the additional fee and Payment Authorization form.

What do I need from my home state?

Certificate of Existence is required.

Does it need to be an original copy?

Yes, if filing by mail or in person.

How current does the certificate need to be?

Within 60 days of filing.

Additional Resources for LLCs registered in Washington:

Washington LLC
Washington Taxes
Withdraw a Foreign Washington LLC

Will I need a Washington registered agent for my LLC?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your Washington registered agent. 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 Washington registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Washington Application for Registration?

By mail, fax, in person or online.

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

Washington Secretary of State
Corporations Division
801 Capitol Way S
PO Box 40234
Olympia WA 98504-023
Phone: (360)725-0377
Fax: (360)664-8781 or (360)664-0055

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


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A member or manager must sign the foreign LLC filing.

Are there any weird things about registering in Washington?

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

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

Washington Annual reports are due at the end of the month you initially filed.

What are your fees?

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

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