Montana Secretary of State


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Contact Information

Physical address:
State Capitol, Room 260
1301 E. 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

Mailing address:
Business Services
P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: 406-444-5522 Annual Reports or 406-444-3665 Business Entity
Fax: 406-444-3976

Web: Home Name search File online
Email: sosbusiness@mt.gov

Corporate Filings

We track the following filings with the Montana Secretary of State in order to provide compliance services to our clients. We share this reference information with the general public as a courtesy. As a registered agent client, you get access to state templates pre-filled with our company information to help you save time looking up information.

Annual Report

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by April 15.

Law:

Montana Code Ann. 35-2-904.

Penalties:

$15 late fee.

Notes:
  • Anyone with authority may file.
  • Original signatures are not required.
  • Provide an e-mail address when filing in order to receive approval confirmation.
  • 24 priority filing available for additional $20 fee.
  • 1 hour expedite service available for additional $100 fee.
Fact Checked:1/11/21

Application for Certificate of Authority

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online only.

Agency Fee:

$70

Law:

MCA § 35-1-1026

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Good standing certificate not required.

Fact Checked:3/25/21

Articles of Merger

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Form:

The state does not issue a form for mergers.

Agency Fee:

$20

Notes:

Use the statutory instructions to create a draft of merger documents, then file these documents along with the required fee.

Fact Checked:10/23/17

Assumed Name

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$20

Is registration mandatory?:

Filing a fictitious name registration is required for any person or entity intending to conduct business under an assumed name.

Law:

MT Code § 30-13-203

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

The secretary of state will not issue an assumed name that is indistinguishable from another assumed name or corporate name.

Notes:
  • Publication of registration is not required in Montana.
Fact Checked:3/17/17

Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$5

Notes:

Use the organization search feature to find your entity and order a certificate of good standing.

Fact Checked:3/23/21

Certificate of Existence

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$5

Notes:

Use the organization search feature to find your entity and order a certificate of good standing.

Fact Checked:3/23/21

Certificate of Fact

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$15

Notes:

Use the organization search feature to find your entity and order a certificate of good standing.

Fact Checked:3/23/21

Name Registration

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

Name registrations expire at the end of the calendar year.

Fact Checked:9/11/18

Name Registration Renewal

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

All name registrations expire on December 31 of each year.

Notes:

File a renewal between October 1st and December 31st to extend your name registration for another year.

Fact Checked:9/11/18

Name Reservation

Agency:Montana Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

Names are reserved for 120 days.

Fact Checked:9/11/18

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