Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Alabama
To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Alabama, you must file an Application for Registration and attach a certified copy of the original articles of incorporation from the home jurisdiction. Once completed, you can mail or fax the application and any additional documents to the Alabama Secretary of State office. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Registration and register a foreign nonprofit in Alabama. Or, you can simply sign up for our Alabama Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!
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What is the fee to file the Application for Registration form?
There is a $150 filing fee ($156 if you file online).
How can I pay my fees?
The secretary of state office allows you to pay via credit card, check, or money order.
Do I need to reserve the name of my foreign nonprofit?
If you want to make sure your name is available for use and that no other Alabama nonprofit is currently using it prior to submitting the Application for Registration, you should get a name reservation certificate. There is an Application for Name Registration for Foreign Entities (Business or Nonprofit) form you can fill out and mail in to the office of the Alabama Secretary of State. It is only accepted via mail – no fax or email.
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Is there a fee for the AL name registration application?
Yes. You can include a check, money order, or credit card payment of $10. For expedited processing, the fee is $25.
Are there any additional filing requirements?
Yes! Send in your application and a copy. Also, Alabama asks that you also submit your original articles of incorporation or certificate of incorporation from the state where you originally formed your nonprofit. Make sure to include a $150 filing fee as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Alabama will not accept a Certificate of Good Standing when qualifying a foreign corporation, only a certified copy of the home state articles of incorporation, certified within six months of filing the Application for Registration.
How long will it take for my application to be processed?
The state processes online applications as soon as they are received. Paper applications can take up to six months to be processed.
Where do I mail my application?
You can fax it to (334) 240-3138 or send it to:
Alabama Secretary of State
Attn: Business Entities
PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
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