Montana Certificate of Authority


What is a Montana certificate of authority?

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

To obtain your Montana 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.

Structure Filing Info Fee

Corporation

Montana Secretary of State

Online only.

MCA § 35-1-1026

$70

Limited Liability Company

Montana Secretary of State

Online only.

MCA § 35-8-1001

$70

Nonprofit Corporation

Montana Secretary of State

Online only.

MCA § 35-2-820

$20

Professional Corporation

Montana Secretary of State

Online only.

MCA § 35-4-411

$70

Limited Partnership

Montana Secretary of State

Online only.

MCA § 35-12-1302

$20

Limited Liability Limited Partnership

Montana Secretary of State

Online only.

MCA § 35-12-1302

$20

What do I need from my home state?

Montana does not require a certificate of good standing or certified copies for this filing.

What is a registered agent?

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

Montana Secretary of State
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
http://sos.mt.gov/Business/index.asp
Email: sosbusiness@mt.gov

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