Foreign Qualifications / Registrations

In most cases when a company is going to conduct business outside of its domestic state, it will need to qualify (or register) with other states which are referred to as a "foreign states." The most common reason for qualifying a company in other states is because the company either maintains a physical presence and/or employees within those states. However, there are numerous other factors that vary state by state which may require a company to qualify to transact business within those other states. RASi strongly suggests you consult an attorney to determine whether or not it is necessary to qualify your business within other states (RASi does not provide legal advice).

Once the decision is made to qualify your business in additional states, typically a "Certificate of Authority" form is prepared and filed with any necessary supporting documentation (i.e., Certificate of Good Standing, Certified Copy of Articles, etc.) from the domestic state. The Certificate of Authority typically contains information including the company name, domestic state information, officer/director or member/manager information, the appointed registered agent, and finally the corporate officer authorizing the transaction. Additionally, once you have filed the appropriate document(s) and have the authority to transact business in another state, you will be responsible for any applicable state registration fees, annual report filing requirements, and entity taxes that may be imposed by state statutes.

RASi prepares and files qualification and registration documents for all entity types. We are very familiar with state guidelines and filing requirements. There are numerous advantages to having RASi handle your qualification or registration including turn-around time, expedited service options, and the fact that RASi can be appointed as your registered agent in any state. RASi is also versed in how to qualify your company in foreign states when there is a company name conflict. For assistance with corporate filings, please contact our Client Services Department at (888) 705-7274.

RELATED SECTION: For specific qualification and registration filing requirements, visit our Filing Guidelines section.