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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Delaware

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Delaware, you must file a State of Delaware Qualification Certificate of a Foreign Corporation with the Division of Corporations . You can submit this document by mail. The State of Delaware Qualification Certificate of a Foreign Corporation costs $245 to file. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the State of Delaware Qualification Qualification Certificate of a Foreign Corporation and register a foreign nonprofit in Delaware. Or, you can simply sign up for our Delaware Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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Download the Delaware Foreign Nonprofit Certificate of Authority. Fill out the form and submit it to the state.

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How do I register my foreign nonprofit corporation in Delaware?

Because Delaware has a friendly corporate income tax, does not collect franchise taxes from foreign corporations anyway, and has no registration for charities, they really only recognize domestic nonprofits. You’ll use the same form and filing fee as a profit foreign corporation: State of Delaware Qualification Certificate of a Foreign Corporation. Mail the completed qualification to the Division of Corporations or submit online at the department’s website. Include the Divisions Document Filing Sheet.

What is the cost to register a foreign nonprofit in Delaware?

The filing fee is $245. You can request expedited service for an additional $50.

How long does it take for Delaware to process my foreign qualification?

Standard processing in Delaware is around 2 business days. For an extra $50 expedite fee, you can get your documents processed in 24 hours.

Do I need a Certificate of Good Standing and if so, how current does it need to be?

Yes, include a Certificate of Good Standing from your home state with your foreign qualification paperwork. It must be less than six months old.

Will I need a Delaware Registered Agent for my foreign nonprofit?

Absolutely! If you hire ‘Northwest’ as your DE registered agent, you will have an online account with the correct form to file already prepopulated. You will receive annual report reminders and documents that we receive for you will be uploaded for you to view immediately. All this service for just $125 a year.

Does the Delaware registered agent have to sign my foreign qualification?


How will Delaware return my processed filing?

You will receive a file-stamped copy from Delaware by the mail. If you have a FedEx account number, furnish it on the Document Filing Sheet, and the state will overnight the documents back to you.

Are there any annual report requirements for foreign nonprofits in Delaware?

Yes, all foreign corporations qualified in Delaware file a simple half-page annual report and pay the annual report fee of $125 by June 30th.

Are there any weird things about registering in Delaware?

Delaware is odd the way they don’t make a distinction between foreign nonprofits in Delaware and foreign profits. They leave it up to the home state to recognize the nonprofit standing.

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Our registered agent service is setting new standards for our industry on a monthly basis. You’ll have what you need to make the filing yourself in your account, or you can hire us to do the filing for you.

Additional Nonprofit Resources:

Delaware Charity Registration

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