Delaware Certificate of Authority

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  • 24-hour preparation. We will prepare your certificate of authority application within one business day and expedite your filing as needed.
  • Local, reliable registered agent. Includes 1-year of same-day document scanning for $99/year. No hidden fees.
  • Local filing office in Dover, DE. We can drop off your filing if you need it expedited.

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What is a Delaware certificate of authority?

Companies are required to register with the Delaware Department of State before doing business in Delaware. Businesses that are incorporated in another state will typically apply for a Delaware certificate of authority. Doing so registers the business as a foreign entity and eliminates the need to incorporate a new entity.

Operating without a certificate of authority may result in penalties or fines. In addition to the state’s requirements, licensing agencies, banks, and vendors will often request a certificate of authority.

When do I need a certificate of authority?

The most common reasons for applying for a certificate of authority include:

  • Opening an office or physical location within the foreign state
  • Hiring an employee who resides within the state
  • Before beginning a contract or a job in a new state
  • A vendor or bank’s requirements
  • Licensing authority requirements

What does it cost and how long does it take?

The state fees and processing times depend on the type of entity. We prepare your filings within one business day, and make the state’s expedite options available to you. Please note that processing times can fluctuate. Approximate turnaround is listed below:

  • Limited Liability Company: <1 business day - $800
  • Limited Liability Company: 1 week - $250
  • Limited Liability Company: 3 weeks - $200
  • Corporation: <1 business day - $845
  • Corporation: 1 week - $295
  • Corporation: 3 weeks - $245
  • Nonprofit Corporation: <1 business day - $845
  • Nonprofit Corporation: 1 week - $295
  • Nonprofit Corporation: 3 weeks - $245
  • Professional Corporation: 3 weeks - $245
  • Professional Corporation: 1 week - $295

How do I get a Delaware certificate of authority?

To obtain your Delaware Certificate of Authority, you will submit an Application for Certificate of Authority, along with required certificates or certified copies from your home state. You will need to appoint a registered agent in order for your filing to be approved. Be sure to follow the state’s instructions carefully, as they can reject a document for the smallest error.

When you use our foreign qualification service, we quickly obtain your Delaware Certificate of Authority. We prepare your application, serve as your registered agent, obtain documents from your home state, and eliminate costly errors.

Structure Filing Info Fee

Corporation

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

Qualification of Foreign Qualification

8 DE Code § 371

$245

Limited Liability Company

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

Certificate of Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company

6 DE Code § 18-902

$200

Nonprofit Corporation

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

Foreign Corporation Qualification

8 DE Code § 371

$245

Professional Corporation

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

Qualification of Foreign Qualification

8 DE Code § 618

$245

Limited Partnership

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

Certificate of Registration of Foreign Limited Partnership

6 DE Code § 17-902

$200

Limited Liability Partnership

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

Statement of Qualification of Foreign Limited Liability Partnership

6 DE Code § 15-1102

$200 per partner

What do I need from my home state?

In order to obtain a Delaware Certificate of Authority, you must also submit:

  • Limited Liability Company: Certificate of existence dated within 6 months.
  • Corporation: Certificate of existence dated within 6 months.
  • Nonprofit Corporation: Certificate of existence dated within 6 months.

Included in our foreign qualification service, we will obtain any copies and certificates necessary to obtain a Certificate of Authority in Delaware.


What is a registered agent?

A registered agent receives service of process and government notices on behalf of your business. When you prepare your Delaware Certificate of Authority application, you must list a registered agent with a physical address within the state (P.O. Boxes are not allowed).

Many businesses do not have an individual or physical address in a new state. Listing our local registered agent address on your certificate of authority application meets the state’s requirements. Additionally, you get same day document scanning from our local office in all 50 states and DC. Our registered agent service is a flat rate of $99 per year, and you can easily add our service to any certificate of authority order.


What is the contact information for the state?

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations
Division of Corporations, PO Box 898
Dover, DE 19903
Phone: 302-739-3073
Fax: 302-739-3812 or 302-739-3813
https://corp.delaware.gov/
Email: corp@delaware.gov

Can I obtain a certificate of authority myself?

You can prepare and submit your Delaware certificate of authority application yourself, or we can complete the process for you. As a business owner or manager, keeping up with changing compliance requirements is probably not the best use of your time. You can rely on our expertise in all 50 states. Order now and we will obtain your certificate of authority and act as your registered agent, saving you time and minimizing costly errors.

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