Mississippi Certificate of Authority

What is a Mississippi certificate of authority?

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

To obtain your Mississippi 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:Mississippi Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Law:

MS Code § 79-4-15.01

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:Mississippi Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Law:

MS Code § 79-29-1003

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of Good Standing required.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Nonprofit Corporations:

Agency:Mississippi Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Law:

MS Code § 79-11-363

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Professional Corporations:

Agency:Mississippi Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Law:

MS Code § 79-10-91

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Partnerships:

Agency:Mississippi Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Law:

MS Code § 79-14-1002

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Good standing certificate not required.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships:

Agency:Mississippi Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Law:

MS Code § 79-13-1102

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 Mississippi Certificate of Authority, you must also submit:

  • Limited Liability Company: Certificate of Good Standing
  • Corporation: Certificate of existence dated within 60 days.
  • Nonprofit Corporation: Certificate of existence dated within 60 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 Mississippi 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?

Mississippi Secretary of State
700 North Street, P. O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Phone: 601-359-1633
Fax: 601-359-1499
http://www.sos.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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