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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Illinois

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Illinois, you must file an Application for Authority to Conduct Affairs in Illinois. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Application for Authority to Conduct Affairs in Illinois costs $50 to file. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Authority to Conduct Affairs in Illinois and register a foreign nonprofit in Illinois. Or, you can simply sign up for our Illinois Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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Free Guide to Registering a Foreign Nonprofit in Illinois

How do I register my foreign nonprofit corporation in Illinois?

To qualify a foreign nonprofit in Illinois, you file Form NFP 113.15, Application for Authority to Conduct Affairs in Illinois, in duplicate with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Department of Business Services. Deliver it by mail or in person with the filing fee and attachments. You’ll also need to list the name and address of three directors on the application.

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

The filing fee is $50. Illinois only takes cashier’s checks or money orders.

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

Processing time is approximately two to three weeks in Illinois.

Does Illinois require a certificate of good standing from the home state?

You must attach a certified copy of the original Articles of Incorporation dated within 90 days of the qualification filing.

Will I need an Illinois Registered Agent for my foreign nonprofit?


Does the Illinois registered agent have to sign my foreign qualification application?


How will Illinois return my processed filing?

Illinois will mail the Certificate of Authority to the registered agent unless you specify otherwise on a cover letter.

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

Yes, the foreign nonprofit corporation in Illinois must file an annual report along with a fee of $10 before the last day of the anniversary month.

Are there any weird things about qualifying in Illinois?

Actually Illinois is one of the most straightforward states for nonprofit corporations, especially foreign nonprofits. The procedures and fees are pretty clear cut for registering and renewing both as a corporation and a charity.

Additional Illinois Foreign Nonprofit Resources:

Illinois Charity Registration
Illinois Nonprofit Tax Exemptions

File with:

Illinois Secretary of State
Department of Business Services
501 S. Second Street, Room 350
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: (217) 782-6961

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