Qualifying To Conduct Business in Other States
Fees – Nevada Foreign Qualification Online Order – Fax Order form for all U.S. States
If your company expects to transact business outside your state of formation, your company may be required to qualify as a “foreign corporation” or “foreign LLC.” We can file the necessary paperwork to qualify your business as a foreign corporation or LLC in any of the 50 states.
A corporation or LLC is considered to be domestic only in the state where it was formed. In all other states, your company is regarded as a foreign corporation or LLC. To qualify your company to transact business in another state, you must register for a Certificate of Authority to transact business in that state. The consequences of not qualifying in a foreign state in which your company transacts business may include loss of access to that state’s courts and potential fines.
Additionally, corporations and LLCs are subject to taxes and annual report fees in both the state of formation (also called their domestic state) and any states where the corporation or LLC is qualified as a foreign corporation or LLC. Additionally, most states require corporations and LLCs to have a Registered Agent within each state where the company is qualified. This agent must be available to receive important communications from the state and others on behalf of the company.
If you have specific questions regarding your business, and whether your company may need to foreign qualify in another state, please contact an attorney or accountant.
Foreign Qualification Service
Our Regular Foreign Qualification Service Includes:
- We will do a preliminary name check in the state of qualification
- Preparation and filing of the Certificate of Authority in the state of qualification
- Obtaining a certificate of Good Standing or certified copy for your business from the state of formation, which must accompany your certificate of Authority (regular process).
- Payment of initial state filing fees. The typical completion time for the foreign qualification process is 6 to 8 weeks. To see total fees per state, click here.
Expedite service is $200 extra. It includes higher fees for state filing fees (for foreign qualification) and also covers overnight fees. The fee covers overnight shipment back from state and final shipment to you. Typical completion time for the expedited foreign qualification process is 4 to 6 weeks. We also offer super expedite service, which is $300 extra. It includes all of the above plus expedite obtaining Certificate of Good Standing with expedite fees. Typical processing time is 1-4 weeks.