Your foreign qualification service includes:
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Name availability check

We verify the availability of your desired business name with the state.

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Legal document preparation

We keep track of various state requirements and prepare all legal documents to register your company to do business in the state of your choice.

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Filing services

We file the Qualification/Certificate of Authority forms with the state, monitor the process, and promptly deliver the final paperwork to you upon approval.

Expanding to new states can be a challenge: when we’ve done it ourselves, it’s been torturous. CT was recommended by an attorney I trust. CT knows exactly what’s needed, before the state asks for it.
Ken Lubetsky

Foreign qualification package options

Products

Foreign qualification basic

Formally register your business in another state

  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state
  • Preparation and filing of all legal documents to register your company to do business in a new state
  • Foreign qualification or Certificate of Authority paperwork filed with the state
  • Registered agent services - includes a location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications Not included
  • Business license research - preparation of a packet with all the licensing or permit applications you need to operate your business legally (1 city / 1 county / 1 state) Not included
Foreign qualification plus

Register your business in another state and designate a dedicated registered agent

  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state
  • Preparation and filing of all legal documents to register your company to do business in a new state
  • Foreign qualification or Certificate of Authority paperwork filed with the state
  • Registered agent services - includes a location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications
  • Business license research - preparation of a packet with all the licensing or permit applications you need to operate your business legally (1 city / 1 county / 1 state) Not included
Foreign qualification premium

Obtain details about required business licenses in the new state along with registration and a registered agent

  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state
  • Preparation and filing of all legal documents to register your company to do business in a new state
  • Foreign qualification or Certificate of Authority paperwork filed with the state
  • Registered agent services - includes a location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications
  • Business license research - preparation of a packet with all the licensing or permit applications you need to operate your business legally (1 city / 1 county / 1 state)

FAQs

What does foreign qualification mean?

Foreign qualification is the process of formally registering your corporation, nonprofit, or LLC in a state other than your formation state. It’s required whenever you begin doing business in a new state, unless you opt to form a new entity there (i.e., incorporate a new business).

What happens if my company fails to foreign qualify?

If you don’t register your business, you may owe fines, interest, and back taxes. You can also lose the ability to sue in that state. Plus, it could mean your personal assets will no longer be protected from business liabilities within the foreign state.

When do I need to foreign qualify my business?

You must foreign qualify whenever you’re “doing business” in a state. Although we recommend the advice of an attorney, you’ll probably need to foreign qualify if you have either employees or a physical presence in the new state, or if you routinely accept orders or execute contracts there.

Can I file the foreign qualification forms myself?

You can prepare and file the Certificate of Authority yourself, but most business owners find that keeping track of various state requirements and filing dates takes up a frustrating amount of their time. CT’s experts can help you speed through the process—even if you didn’t form your business with us.

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*State fees are mandatory fees imposed by the state. Price includes online discount automatically applied at checkout.