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Register a Foreign LLC in Wisconsin

To register a foreign LLC in Wisconsin, you must file a Wisconsin Certificate of Registration Application with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Corporate and Consumer Services. You can submit this document by mail, by fax, or in person. The Certificate of Registration costs $100 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Wisconsin answers the most common questions about how to file the Wisconsin Certificate of Registration, but you can also sign up for our Wisconsin Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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Foreign Wisconsin LLC Certificate of Registration Application

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

$100 for normal processing.
$25 additional for expedited processing.

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

Normal Processing: 5 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
In Person Processing: 5 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
Expedited Processing: by the end of the next business day, plus additional time for mailing.

How will I get verification of registration back from Wisconsin?

You will receive a certificate by mail. You will also receive a copy of your application if you provide a duplicate copy.

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

The Certificate of Registration Application and the filing fee is required.

What do I need from my home state?


Will I need an Wisconsin registered agent for my LLC?

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


How can I file the Wisconsin Application for Registration?

By mail, fax or in person. You may fax your form only if you use their online order system to prepay for the fees. Once you go through their online order system you will need to fax your receipt along with your form and Certificate of Status to their office.

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

State of Wisconsin
Department of Financial Institutions
Division of Corporate and Consumer Services
P O Box 7846
Madison WI 53707-7846
345 W. Washington Ave – 3rd Fl.
Madison WI 53703
Phone: (608)261-7577
Fax: (608)267-6813

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


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

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

Are there any weird things about registering in Wisconsin?

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

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

Wisconsin annual reports are due March 31st. Notice of your LLC annual report due date will be mailed to you and can only be filed by mail.

What are your fees?

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

Wisconsin Taxes
How to Withdraw a Foreign LLC in Wisconsin
Register an LLC in Another State

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