Louisiana Certificate of Authority


What is a Louisiana certificate of authority?

Companies are required to register with the Louisiana Secretary of State before doing business in Louisiana. Businesses that are incorporated in another state will typically apply for a Louisiana 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

How do I get a Louisiana certificate of authority?

To obtain your Louisiana 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.

For Foreign Corporations:

Agency:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
Form:

Application of Foreign Corporation for Certificate of Authority

Agency Fee:

$125

Law:

LA Rev Stat § 12:304

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 90 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
Form:

Application of Foreign Limited Liability Company

Agency Fee:

$150

Law:

LA Rev Stat § 12:1345

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 90 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Nonprofit Corporations:

Agency:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
Form:

Application of Foreign Corporation for Certificate of Authority

Agency Fee:

$125

Law:

LA Rev Stat § 12:304

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 90 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Professional Corporations:

Agency:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
Form:

Application of Foreign Corporation for Certificate of Authority

Agency Fee:

$125

Law:

LA Rev Stat § 12:304

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 90 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships:

Agency:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
Form:

Partnership Registration - Foreign

Agency Fee:

$125

Law:

LA Rev Stat § 9:3422

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Good standing certificate not required.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

What do I need from my home state?

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

  • Limited Liability Company: Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 90 days.
  • Corporation: Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 90 days.
  • Nonprofit Corporation: Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 90 days.

What is a registered agent?

A registered agent receives service of process and government notices on behalf of your business. When you prepare your Louisiana 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?

Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Phone: 225-925-4704
Fax: 225-932-5314
http://www.sos.la.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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