Foreign Qualification

Register to Do Business in Another State

When you form an LLC or corporation, where you form the company will be known as its home state (aka: a domestic company). But when you begin to do business in another state, the business will need to register to do business in that state. This process is known as foreign qualification. Out-of-state businesses, formally called foreign businesses, must file a form commonly called a Certificate of Authority.  The Certificate of Authority will be similar to the company’s formation documents (Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation). Once your corporation or LLC has registered to do business in a new state, your business will also be required to fulfill each state’s maintenance requirements, meaning you’ll be responsible for annual reports and taxes due in each state where your company is registered to do business.

Foreign Qualification How To

To register to do business in a new state, you’ll need to obtain and complete the following:

  1. Obtain a Registered Agent in the New State
    In each state where your corporation or LLC operates, you need to obtain a registered agent that is physically located in that state. If you have storefronts in each state, then you may be able to have an employee be designated as your registered agent. However, if your business doesn’t have a storefront or physical location in each state where your company is registered to do business, you will need the help of a registered agent service. You can hire many different registered agents, but it typically makes the most sense to hire a national registered agent service provider like IncFast, so that all your documents are received and stored in one location. This reduces paperwork and all annual report reminders come from the same registered agent.
  2. Complete the Certificate of Authority
    The Certificate of Authority is very similar to a company’s formation documents. You’ll need to list the primary and mailing addresses, registered agent name and address, the names and addresses of members/directors (most likely), as well as a certificate of good standing. A certificate of good standing is a document your obtain from your home state (the state where you originally formed the company) that certifies that your company was registered and is currently active in your home state. In addition to completing the Certificate of Authority and obtaining the certificate of good standing, you will also need to pay a filing fee typically ranging from $50 to $500, depending on which state you’re registering to do business in.
  3. File Any Taxes or Annual Reports Due
    Once you have completed your Certificate of Authority, your business will also be responsible for adhering to any maintenance requirements set forth in the state where your company has registered to do business. That means any annual reports or franchise taxes due to the state where you’re registered are your responsibility. Registered agent services help mitigate of the required tracking of paperwork.

Do Online Businesses Need to Register to Do Business in Each State?

No, simply selling and shipping to customers out of state does not typically require a business to register to do business in that state. Only once a business begins to have an actual “physical” presence in a new state do they need to register.

State Foreign Qualification Requirements

Each state has its own requirements for foreign businesses registering to do business. Below, you’ll find the what form you need to file and how much it costs to register to do business in each state. (To learn more about annual maintenance requirements in each state, see our Annual Reports page.)

Alabama Application for Certificate of Authority

To register to do business in Alabama with an out-of-state LLC or corporation, you'll need all of the following: a $28 name reservation fee, a $150 filing fee, two copies of the Application for Certificate of Authority of a Foreign Corporation to Transact Business in Alabama form, a certified copy of your formation documents (Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization), and an Alabama registered agent.

Note: Alabama is the only state that requires you to reserve the business entity name separately from registering your business.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Alabama: You can file foreign LLCs online; however foreign corporations must qualify either by mail or in person.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Qualify Foreign LLC Online $178 Total if filed by mail or in person.

$250 if filed online

Corporation Foreign Corporation Application for Registration $178 total ($28 for name reservation fee, $150 for filing fee)
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Alaska Certificate of Authority or Registration

To register an out-of-state LLC or corporation in Alaska, you'll need all of the following: a $350 filing fee, a Certificate of Authority or Certificate of Registration, and an Alaska registered agent.

Note: Alaska does not require a certificate of good standing or similar documents from your business’s home state.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Alaska: You can file foreign corporations and LLCs online for immediate processing.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Certificate of Registration $350 Total if filed by mail, in person, or online.
Corporation Foreign Corporation Certificate of Authority $350 total when filed by mail, in person, or online.
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Arkansas Certificate of Authority or Registration

To register to do business in Arkansas with an out-of-state LLC or corporation, you'll need all of the following: a $270 filing fee, an Application for Certificate of Authority or Registration, Certificate of Existence from the home state, and an Arkansas registered agent.

Note: The certificate of existence or similar document from your business’s home state must be dated within 30 days of filing Application for Certificate of Authority.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Arkansas: You can file foreign corporations and LLCs online for 24 hour state processing.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Application for Certificate of Registration $350 Total if filed by mail or in person

$270 online

Corporation Foreign Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $300 total when filed by mail or in person

$270 online

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Arizona Application for Authority or Registration

To register to do business in Arizona with an out-of-state LLC or corporation, you'll need all of the following: the filing fee, a cover sheet, an Application for Authority or Registration, Certificate of Existence from the home state, a Certificate of Disclosure, and an Arizona statutory agent acceptance form.

Note: Arizona may require additional forms, so make sure you check with the AZCC before filing.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Arizona: You can pay an extra $35 to have your foreign corporation or LLC registered in about 5 business days. Normal processing takes the state about 30 business days. Fax filing cuts down mail time, but is only available to pre-paid account holders.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Application for Registration $150 Total if filed by mail or in person
Corporation Foreign Corporation Application for Authority to Transact Business or Conduct Affairs in Arizona $175 total when filed by mail or in person
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California Statement and Designation or Application to Register

To register an out-of-state corporation or LLC in California , you must include: the $70 or $100 filing fee Statement and Designation or Application to Register form, Certificate of Good Standing from the home state, and a California registered agent.

Note: California takes two months to process documents, we recommend paying an additional fee for expedited processing.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in California: In person filings receive priority over mailed filings. You can pay a $15 fee to drop off the form in person for approximately 25 day processing. California also has expedited processing options. If you pay an additional $750 the state will process your filing same day. If you pay an extra $500 the state will process your filing in 4 hours. If you pay $350 the state will process your filing within 24 hours.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application to Register a Foreign LLC $70 Total if filed by mail or $85 in person
Corporation Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation $100 total when filed by mail or $115 in person
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Colorado Statement of Entity Authority

To register an out of state corporation or LLC to do business in Colorado, you'll need the following: the $100 filing fee, Statement of Entity Authority, and a Colorado registered agent.

Note: All Colorado corporation and LLC foreign registrations must be completed online

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Colorado: Online filings are completed by the Colorado Secretary of State in about a day.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Online Statement of Entity Authority $100 total
Corporation Online Statement of Entity Authority $100 total
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Connecticut Application for Authority or Registration

To register an out of state corporation or LLC to do business in Connecticut, you'll need the following: the $100 filing fee, Application for Authority or Application for Registration, and a Connecticut registered agent.

Note: Connecticut also requires a Certificate of Existence from your state of incorporation to register a foreign corporation. The certificate must be dated within 90 days of filing. LLCs do not require similar documentation.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Connecticut: Expedited filings are processed in 24 hours for an additional $50 fee.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Registration $120 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Application for Authority $385 total by mail, fax, or in person
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Delaware Qualification or Registration Certificate

When you register an out of state corporation or LLC to do business in Delaware, you will need: the filing fee, Qualification Certificate or Registration Certificate, and a Delaware registered agent.

Note: Delaware also requires a Certificate of Existence from your state of incorporation or organization. The certificate must be dated within 6 months of filing.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Delaware: Expedited filings are processed same day for an additional $100 fee or in 24 hours for an additional $50 fee. Priority services are also available and can be completed in as little as 1 hour for $1000.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Registration $200 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Qualification Certificate $245 total by mail, fax, or in person
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DC Foreign Registration Statement

To register an out of state corporation or LLC to do business in DC, you will need: the $220 filing fee, Foreign Registration Statement, Certificate of Good Standing, and a DC registered agent.

Note: DC requires a Certificate of Good Standing from your business's home state. The certificate must be dated within 90 of filing.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in DC: You can walk in you documents to the DCRA and pay them an additional $100 for one-day service. Online filings are processed in 10-15 days unless you choose to pay for 1 or 3 day processing.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign Registration Statement $220 total by mail, fax, in person or online
Corporation Foreign Registration Statement $220 total by mail, fax, in person or online
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Florida Application by Foreign Corporation or LLC to Transact Business

When you register an out of state corporation or LLC to do business in Florida, you will need: the filing fee, cover letter, Application to Transact Business, Certificate of Good Standing, and a Florida registered agent.

Note: Florida requires a Certificate of Good Standing from your businesses home state. The certificate must be an original dated within 90 of filing.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Florida: You can walk in you documents to the Florida Secretary of State for same day processing. Otherwise, mailed in documents take about 2 business days plus mail time.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application by Foreign LLC for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida $125 total by mail or in person
Corporation Application by Foreign Corporation for Authorization to Transact Business in Florida $70 total by mail or in person
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Georgia Application for Certificate of Authority

In order to register a foreign corporation or LLC in Georgia, you will need: the $225 filing fee, cover letter, Application for Certificate of Authority, and a Georgia registered agent.

Note: Georgia corporations are also required to provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the state of incorporation. The certificate must be an original dated within 90 of filing.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Georgia: Expedited filings can be completed in as little as 1 hour with a $1000 additional fee. Normal processing takes at least 5-7 business days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $225 total by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $225 total by mail, in person, or online
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Hawaii Application for Certificate of Authority

If you want to register a foreign corporation or LLC in Hawaii, you will need: the $50 filing fee, Application for Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Good Standing, and a Hawaii registered agent.

Note: The Certificate of Good Standing from your corporation or LLC's home state must be dated within 60 days of filing.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Hawaii:Normal processing takes 7-10 business days. 2-3 day expedited processing is an option for an extra $25. Filing by email, fax, in person or online eliminates mail time.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $50 total by mail, email, fax, in person, or online
Corporation Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $50 total by mail, email, fax, in person, or online
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Idaho Foreign Registration Statement

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Idaho, you will need: the $100 filing fee, 2 copies of the Foreign Registration Statement or Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Good Standing, and an Idaho registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Idaho: When you use normal processing, it takes about a week to get your documents back. One day expedited processing is available for an extra $20. Faxing is recommended to avoid mail time.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Foreign Registration Statement $100 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Corporation Foreign Registration Statement $100 total by mail, fax, or in person
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Illinois Application for Admission to Transact Business

To do business in Illinois with a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the filing fee, 2 copies of the Application for Admission, Certificate of Good Standing or Existence, and an Illinois registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Illinois:In person filings may be expedited for an additional $100 fee. Normal processing takes 7-10 business days plus mail time.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Admission to Transact Business Illinois $500 total by mail or in person
Corporation Corporation Application for Authority to Transact Business in Illinois $150 total by mail or in person
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Indiana Application for Certificate of Authority

To do business in Indiana with a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the $125 filing fee, an Application for Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Existence, and an Indiana registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Indiana:In person filings are completed in about one business day. If you file by mail, processing takes 5-10 business days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Authority Foreign LLC $125 total by mail or in person
Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Corporation $125 total by mail or in person
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Iowa Application for Certificate of Authority

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Iowa, you will need: the $100 filing fee, an Application for Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Existence, and an Iowa registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Iowa:In person filings are processed while you wait. If you file by mail, processing takes 3-5 business days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $100 total by mail, fax, in person, or online
Corporation Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $100 total by mail, fax, in person, or online
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Kansas Foreign Application

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Kansas, you will need: the filing fee, an Application for Authority, Certificate of Existence, and a Kansas registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Kansas: If you file by mail or fax processing takes 2-3 business days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Application $165 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Foreign For Profit Corporation Application $115 total by mail, fax, or in person
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Kentucky Certificate of Authority

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Kentucky, you will need: the $90 filing fee, a Certificate of Authority, and a Kentucky registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Kentucky: If you file by mail or fax processing takes 1-3 days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $90 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $90 total by mail, fax, or in person
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Louisiana Application for Authority

To register your foreign corporation or LLC in Louisiana, you will need: the filing fee, an Application for Authority, and a Louisiana registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Louisiana: If you file by mail or fax processing takes 1-3 days. 24 hour expedited processing is available for an additional $30.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana $150 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Corporation Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana $125 total by mail, fax, or in person
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Maine Application for Authority or Qualification

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Maine, you will need: the $250 filing fee, a Filer Cover Letter, an Application for Authority or Statement of Qualification, a Certificate of Existence, and a Maine registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Maine: If you file by mail or fax processing takes 5-10 business days. 24 hour expedited processing is available for an additional $50. Immediate processing is available for an additional $100.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities $250 total by mail or in person
Corporation Corporation Application for Authority to do Business in Maine $250 total by mail or in person
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Maryland Foreign Qualification or Registration

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Maryland, you will need: the $100 filing fee, a Foreign Qualification or Registration form, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a Maryland registered agent.

Note: Regular processing in Maryland takes the state at least 8 weeks.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Maryland: Online filings are automatically expedited and completed in 5-7 days. Expedited processing costs an additional $50.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Registration $100 total by mail

$150 online

Corporation Corporation Foreign Qualification $100 total by mail

$150 online

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Massachusetts Foreign Registration

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Massachusetts, you will need: the filing fee, a Foreign Registration form, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a Massachusetts registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Massachusetts: Fax filings are completed the following business day.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Application for Registration $500 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Foreign Corporation Certificate of Registration $400 total by mail or in person, $375 by fax
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Michigan Application for Authority

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Michigan, you will need: the filing fee, a Foreign Application for Authority form, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a Michigan registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Michigan: Expedited processing options are available. You can have your Application for Authority processed in as little as an hour.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $50 total by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation Foreign Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $60 total by mail, fax, or in person
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Minnesota Certificate of Authority

To do business in Minnesota as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the filing fee, a Foreign Certificate of Authority form, and a Minnesota registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Minnesota: Expedited processing is available for in person and online filings. Online filings are processed within 24 hours. In person filings are processed while you wait.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Certificate of Authority $185 by mail

$205 in person or online

Corporation Foreign Corporation Certificate of Authority $200 by mail

$220 in person or online

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Mississippi Application for Authority or Registration

To register in Mississippi as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the filing fee, a Foreign Certificate of Authority form, Certificate of Good Standing, and a Mississippi registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Mississippi: Mississippi Secretary of State only accepts corporate filings online. The state processes online filings in about 24 hours.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Application for Registration $250 online
Corporation Foreign Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $500 online
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Missouri Application for Certificate of Authority or Registration

To register in Missouri as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the filing fee, a Foreign Certificate of Authority form, Certificate of Good Standing, and a Missouri registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Missouri: in person filings are processed while you wait.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign LLC Application for Registration $105 by mail, fax, in person, or online
Corporation Foreign Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $155 by mail, fax, in person, or online
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Montana Application for Certificate of Authority

To register in Montana as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the $70 filing fee, an Application for Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Good Standing, and a Montana registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Montana: The Montana Secretary of State has two expedited processing options. You can have your application processed in 24 hours for an additional $20 or 1 hour for an additional $100.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $70 by mail or in person
Corporation Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $70 by mail or in person
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Nebraska Application for Certificate of Authority

To do business in Nebraska as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the filing fee, two copies of the Application for Certificate of Authority, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a Nebraska registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Nebraska:In person filings are completed while you wait. Otherwise, filing online is processed in 1-2 days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $120 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $130 by mail, in person, or online
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Nevada Qualification or Application to do Business

To qualify as a foreign corporation or LLC in Nevada, you will need: the filing fee, the Application to do Business, Order form, Payment Checklist, a Certificate of Existence, and a Nevada registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Nevada:You can pay extra for expedited processing. Pay $125 for 24 hour processing, $500 for 2 hour processing, or $1,000 for 1 hour processing.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Registration $75 by mail, email, fax or in person
Corporation Corporation Qualification to do Business in Nevada $75 minimum by mail, email, fax, or in person
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New Hampshire Application for Authority or Registration

In order to register a foreign corporation or LLC in New Hampshire, you will need: the $100 filing fee, the Application to do Business, a Certificate of Existence, and a New Hampshire registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in New Hampshire:In person filings are processed same day. Online filings are processed in about 2 days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Application for Registration $100 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $100 by mail, in person, or online
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New Jersey Business Registration

To register in New Jersey as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the $125 filing fee, the Business Registration and Public Records Filing, a Certificate of Existence, and a New Jersey registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in New Jersey:Online filings are processed in about 48 business hours. If you fax file and pay for expedited processing, you can have it done same day or in 8.5 business hours.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC New Jersey Business Registration Packet $125 by mail, fax, in person, or online
Corporation New Jersey Business Registration Packet $125 by mail, fax, in person, or online
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New Mexico Application for Authority or Registration

To register in New Mexico as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the filing fee, the Application for Authority, a Certificate of Existence, and a New Mexico registered agent.

Note: Normal processing takes the New Mexico Secretary of State about a month.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in New Mexico:You can pay $100 extra for 2 day processing or $150 extra for 1 day processing.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC New Mexico Application for Registration $100 by mail or in person
Corporation New Mexico Application for Certificate of Authority $200 minimum by mail or in person
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New York Application for Authority

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in New York, you will need: the filing fee, an Application for Authority, a Certificate of Existence, and a New York registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in New York: You can pay $75 extra for 2 day processing or $125 extra for same day processing.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC New York LLC Application for Authority $250 by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation New York Corporation Application for Authority $225 by mail, fax, or in person
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North Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority

To register in North Carolina as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need: the $250 filing fee, an Application for Authority, a Certificate of Existence, and a North Carolina registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in North Carolina: State filings take 5-7 days unless you pay for expedited processing. For an additional $200 you can have your documents processed by the end of the day. For an additional $100 you can have your documents processed within 24 hours.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC North Carolina LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $250 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation North Carolina Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $250 by mail, in person, or online
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North Dakota Certificate of Authority Application

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in North Dakota, you will need the following: the filing fee, a Certificate of Authority Application, a Certificate of Existence, and a North Dakota registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in North Dakota: North Dakota takes 30 days to process filings. You can cut down mail time by fax filing.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC North Dakota LLC Certificate of Authority Application $135 by mail, fax, or in person
Corporation North Dakota Corporation Certificate of Authority Application $145 by mail, fax, or in person
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Ohio Application for License or Registration

To do business in Ohio as a foreign corporation or LLC, you will need the following: the $99 filing fee, an Application for License or Registration, a Certificate of Good Standing, and an Ohio registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Ohio: Normal processing takes 3-7 days. Ohio offers several expedite options. For an additional $100 you can have your documents processed in 2 days. 1 day and 4 hour options are available for walk in filings.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Ohio Registration of Foreign LLC $99 by mail or in person
Corporation Ohio Corporation Application for License $99 by mail or in person
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Oklahoma Application for Registration or Qualification

In order to register as foreign corporation or LLC in Oklahoma, you will need the following: the $300 filing fee, an Application for Registration or Qualification, a Certificate of Good Standing, and an Oklahoma registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Oklahoma: Oklahoma filings take 3-5 days unless you file in person. If you drop of your documents in person and pay an extra $25, the Secretary of State will process them while you wait.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Registration $300 by mail, fax, in person, or online
Corporation Certificate of Qualification $300 minimum by mail, fax, in person, or online
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Oregon Application for Authority

To qualify a foreign corporation or LLC in Oregon, you will need: the $275 filing fee, an Application for Authority, a Certificate of Good Standing, and an Oregon registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Oregon: Oregon filings take 3-5 days unless you file in person. If you drop of your documents in person the Secretary of State will process them while you wait.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Authority LLC $275 by mail, fax, in person, or online
Corporation Application for Authority Corporation $275 by mail, fax, in person, or online
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Pennsylvania Foreign Registration Statement

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Pennsylvania, you will need: the $250 filing fee, Foreign Registration Statement, Docketing Statement, and Pennsylvania registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania will file your registration in 1-2 days days unless you pay extra for same day, three hour, or one hour service.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC LLC Foreign Registration Statement $250 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Corporation Foreign Registration Statement $250 by mail, in person, or online
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Rhode Island Certificate or Application for Registration

In order to qualify a foreign corporation or LLC in Rhode Island, you will need: the filing fee, Certificate of Authority or Application for Registration, Certificate of Good Standing, and Rhode Island registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Rhode Island: Processing takes 5-7 business days unless you file in person. If you file in person, the Secretary of State will process your documents by the next business day.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Registration $150 by mail or in person
Corporation Certificate of Authority $310 by mail or in person
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South Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in South Carolina, you will need: the filing fee, Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Existence, and South Carolina registered agent.

Note: Foreign corporations must include an initial annual report.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in South Carolina: In person processing is fastest, completed while you wait. Online processing is also faster than filing by mail. Online filings are done in 24-48 hours.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for a Certificate of Authority $110 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Application for a Certificate of Authority $135 by mail, in person, or online
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South Dakota Application for Certificate of Authority

To do business in South Dakota, a foreign corporation or LLC will need to file: the $750 filing fee, Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Existence, and South Dakota registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in South Dakota: Expedited processing is available. In person expedited filings are done in 1-2 business days. Mailed in expedited filings are done in 3-5 business days. Expedited processing costs an additional $50.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for a Certificate of Authority $750 by mail or in person
Corporation Application for a Certificate of Authority $750 by mail or in person
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Tennessee Application for Certificate of Authority

A foreign corporation or LLC may register in Tennessee by filing: the fee, Application for Authority, Certificate of Existence, and Tennessee registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Tennessee: Online filings are processed in two business days. In person filings are processed while you wait.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for a Certificate of Authority $50 per member with a $300 minimum by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Application for a Certificate of Authority $600 by mail, in person, or online
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Texas Application for Registration or Certificate of Authority

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Texas, you must file: the $750 fee, Application for Authority, and Texas registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Texas: If you file online your business is registered in about 24 hours.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Registration $750 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Application for a Certificate of Authority $750 by mail, in person, or online
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Utah Application for Authority or Registration

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Utah you need: the $70 fee, Application for Authority, Certificate of Good Standing, and Utah registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Utah: Online filings are processed in two business days. All other filings take 7-10 business days unless you pay $75 for expedited processing. The state processes expedited filings in 2 business days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign Registration Statement $70 by mail, fax, email, in person, or online
Corporation Application for a Certificate of Authority $70 by mail, fax, email, in person, or online
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Vermont Application for Authority

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Vermont you must submit: the $125 fee, 2 copies of the Application for Authority, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a Vermont registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Vermont: Online filings are completed in one day. Normal processing for paper filings takes 7-10 days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $125 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $125 by mail, in person, or online
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Virginia Application for Certificate of Authority or Registration

In order to register in Virginia as a foreign corporation or LLC you must include: the filing fee, Application for Authority or Registration, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a Virginia registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Virginia: Filing online and paying for expedited processing is the fastest way to register a foreign business in Virginia.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Certificate of Registration $100 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $75 minimum by mail, in person, or online
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Washington Foreign Entity Registration

To register a foreign corporation or LLC in Washington you will need: the filing fee, Application for Authority or Registration, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a Washington registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Washington: Online filings are expedited and will be processed in 2-5 business days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Foreign Entity Registration $220 online
Corporation Foreign Entity Registration $220 online
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West Virginia Application for Certificate of Authority

The West Virginia Secretary of State requires the following: the filing fee, Application for Authority, a Certificate of Good Standing, and a West Virginia registered agent.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in West Virginia: If you file online, your business is registered in 24-48 hours.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $150 by mail, in person, or online
Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $100 by mail, in person, or online
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Wisconsin Application for Certificate of Authority or Registration

To register an out of state corporation or LLC in Wisconsin, you must include the following: the filing fee, Application for Authority, and a Wisconsin registered agent.

Note: Foreign corporations must include a Certificate of Status from the home state.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Wisconsin: Expedited processing costs $25 and is completed by the end of the following day.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Certificate of Registration $100, mail, fax, in person, or online
Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $100 minimum by mail, fax, or in person
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Wyoming Application for Certificate of Authority

The Wyoming Secretary of State requires the following: the filing fee, Application for Authority, Certificate of Good Standing, and a Wyoming Registered Agent Consent Form.

Note: The Wyoming Secretary of State requires original signatures.

Fastest Way to Qualify Your Foreign Business in Wyoming: Processing takes 3-5 days.

Entity Type Required Form Filing Fee
LLC Application for Certificate of Authority $100 by mail or in person
Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority $100 by mail or in person
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