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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Pennsylvania

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Pennsylvania, you must file an Application for Certificate of Authority form and Docketing Statement with the Pennsylvania Department of State. You can submit this document by mail. The Application for Certificate of Authority and Docketing Statement for a Pennsylvania foreign nonprofit corporation costs $250 to file. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Certificate of Authority and Docketing Statement and register a foreign nonprofit in Pennsylvania. Or, you can simply sign up for our Pennsylvania Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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Download the Pennsylvania Application for Certificate of Authority. Fill out the form and submit it to the state.

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How do I register my foreign non profit corporation in Pennsylvania?

To register a foreign non profit in Pennsylvania, you file the Application for Certificate of Authority form and Docketing Statement with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Deliver it by mail with a check for the filing fee. This application is used by profit and nonprofit corporations. If the organization’s name is unavailable in PA, include a resolution from the board of directors adopting a fictitious name and the Application for Registration of Fictitious Name.

What is the cost to register a foreign non profit in Pennsylvania?

The filing fee is $250. Pay with a check or money order.

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

Processing time is approximately two weeks in PA.

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


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

Yes. Northwest can be your Pennsylvania commercial registered office provider.

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


How will Pennsylvania return my processed filing?

The Commonwealth will mail the newly qualified nonprofit a confirmation letter with an entity number and publication instructions.

Are there any annual report requirements for foreign non profits in Pennsylvania?

The decennial report is only due every ten years for Pennsylvania non profits. There is a $70 fee. However, if you have replaced officers or directors, file an Annual Statement-Nonprofit by April 30th with no fee.

Are there any weird things about qualifying in Pennsylvania?

There are some difficult forms, processes, and terminology to deal with in Pennsylvania. We deal with it every day and if you want access to our resources, sign up with “Northwest.”

Keep in mind that you will need to apply for Pennsylvania tax exemption with the PA Department of Revenue.

You will also need to register as a Pennsylvania charity if you solicit contributions in PA and receive more than $25,000 in gross national contributions. Once you reach the $25,000 mark you will need file a BCO-10 charitable organization registration statement form.

File your Application for Certificate of Authority with:

Pennsylvania Department of State
Corporations Bureau
P. O. Box 8722
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722
Phone: (717) 787-1057

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