Foreign Qualification is the process to obtain permission to do business in a different state than the state where a company was originally registered.
Expanding your business to another State?
If you want to transact business outside your state of formation, your company may be required to qualify as a foreign corporation, foreign LLC or foreign nonprofit.
A typical case is when a company registered under the laws of one state, wants to expand its activities to another state.
In this case, the company needs to requests permission to do business in the new state. It is like to obtain a “license” to transact business in the new jurisdiction. The company is required to obtain a “Certificate of Authority” by filing “Foreign Qualification” documents.
Please note that “foreign corporation” does not means an “international registration” but it refers to any business that is not incorporated in the state where it is doing business.
Requirements to qualify vary state by state, but most of them will ask for a certificate of good standing from the “home” state and complete information about the applicants.
Active Filings provides Foreign Qualification filings in all 50 States.
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