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Foreign Qualification

What does foreign qualification mean?

If you plan on "doing business" in another state then you'll need to "foreign qualify" in that state. A state where you plan to open a location or hire employees will want you to register with them.

How much does foreign qualification cost?

Foreign qualification varies from state to state. We charge a processing fee plus the state filing fee.

Do I have to register as a foreign LLC?

Yes, if you plan on opening a location, conduct business, or hire employees.

What is a certificate of authority to do business?

When "foreign qualifying" to do business in a state other than where you are incorporated, the state where you plan to do business will require a certificate of authority from your home state. The certificate of authority is a document issued by the state where you are incorporated. Sometimes this document is referred to a certificate of good standing.

Do I need an attorney or law firm to set up my "foreign qualification"?

No. You can use the services of a company like DBI Global Filings, LLC to perform the filing for you.

What happens after my company is "foreign qualified" in an additional state?

Most states will require you to maintain a Registered Agent in the state and most will require you to pay an annual tax and/or file an Annual Report.

Some states will also require the publication of a notice regarding your company’s new authority to transact business in the state.

We will inform you what is required for the state you are applying in.

If you fail to meet the annual requirements you can lose your permission to do business in the state and may also be fined. If this occurs it may be necessary to file for reinstatement, which we can assist with.

How can DBI Global Filings help me with my foreign qualification filings?

Your time is valuable. Use our Document Filing Service service to increase your productivity. Our trained Document Filing Specialists are experienced in navigating each state's Secretary of State website regarding document filings. Our fee includes:

  • Receive and review your order for accuracy
  • Verify your filing request
  • Place the order with the appropriate state agency
  • Pay government filing fees on your behalf
  • Follow-up with the state agency on your request
  • Forward your documents via email or express shipping

How much do you charge for document filing services?

We charge a one-time processing fee plus state document filing fees. Each state has different fees. See our comprehensive order form for exact fees.

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