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Foreign Qualification

Register your business in any state with our foreign qualification services.

Registering your business or nonprofit outside the state of formation is called foreign qualification. We manage each required step to complete this process and meet your deadlines. Once your business is registered, the state will issue a Certificate of Authority or similar document.

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Our Fully Managed Service

Our foreign qualification services are designed to register your business or nonprofit fast and with very little effort on your part. We prepare the applications and deal with the government agencies to complete the process and obtain your Certificate of Authority. You will have access to a Filing Specialist who will help you every step of the way. We can expedite any of the filings to meet your deadlines. Our process involves the following steps:

  1. Obtain any required certificates of good standing or certified copies from your state of formation
  2. Collect necessary information from you and prepare your applications
  3. Appoint our registered agent for your business through our local offices in each state
  4. File your application with the state and expedite as necessary
  5. Receive a copy of your approved Certificate of Authority and send to you for your records

Once your business is registered, we can manage any additional filings for you, such as setting up payroll or employer tax accounts, registering for sales tax, and applying for other required business licenses. Your Filing Specialist is there to support you as your continue to grow your business and stay compliant.

Need rush service? Need it fast?

We will expedite your order to meet your needs. We even offer hand-delivery to the state.

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Multi-state projects

Do you have a complex project, perhaps involving multiple entities and states? We will keep your project organized, on-time, and on-budget.

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Client Stories

I found Harbor Compliance to be courteous, extremely expeditious, and affordable for my foreign LLC registration and agent needs. I tried to go it alone and am STILL waiting for documents to be mailed to me by my own state -- but thanks to Harbor Compliance, I was able to ensure my LLC was 100% in compliance the same day that I began conducting business. Now I can worry about my business, rather than bureaucracy. I'm glad I went with Harbor Compliance and would recommend it to others.
SusanH Street Capitol Strategies, LLC
Harbor Compliance helped me expand my real estate investing business to 5 new states. Each time, I got my certificate of authority fast and never missed out on a contract!
BobOpen Door LLC
I was very satisfied with the quick response time, level of service, and efficient work from Harbor Compliance in processing my certificate of authority to do business in North Carolina. I spoke to them on Thursday afternoon. On Friday I contacted them to begin the process, and by Monday, June 29th it was completed and the company name was already registered with the State of North Carolina. I would definitely contact Harbor Compliance again in the future and would recommend them to others.
DavidPanther Sports Academy

Common Questions

Your business must register with each state government as it expands.
  • Foreign qualification registers your business in a new state. This avoids the need to create a separate corporation or LLC in each state, simplifying administration.
  • Qualifying timely and correctly avoids fines, back taxes, and other penalties for failing to register.
  • Registering your business also preserves the right to sue and limited liability protection for the owners.
What constitutes doing business varies by state, but often includes hiring an employee, opening a location, and competing for a job. Many times, companies are proactive in registering with new states, in order to avoid state expedite fees and the risk of last-minute delays.
No, it's not necessary to have an attorney or even a service company prepare your foreign qualification filings. However, we do all the work for you, so that you don't have to worry, and won't miss crucial deadlines. If you feel you need legal advice for your specific situation, please seek the counsel of a licensed attorney.
We can provide a full licensing audit, down to the city/municipal level, for your business. If you do know what you need, we can file most licenses and permits.
We want to support you before, during, and after you expand your business. Please call us at 1-888-995-5895 to speak with a compliance specialist.

Additional Resources:

Certificate of Authority 50-State Reference Chart