Nebraska Certificate of Authority


What is a Nebraska certificate of authority?

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

To obtain your Nebraska 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:Nebraska Secretary of State
Form:

Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business

Agency Fee:

$145

Law:

NE Rev Stat § 21-19,146

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of good standing dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:Nebraska Secretary of State
Form:

Certificate of Authority

Agency Fee:

$120

Law:

NE Rev Stat § 21-156

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of good standing dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Nonprofit Corporations:

Agency:Nebraska Secretary of State
Form:

Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business

Agency Fee:

$25

Law:

NE Rev Stat § 21-19,146

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of good standing dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Professional Corporations:

Agency:Nebraska Secretary of State
Form:

Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business

Agency Fee:

$145

Law:

NE Rev Stat § 21-19,146

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of good standing dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Partnerships:

Agency:Nebraska Secretary of State
Form:

Registration of Foreign Limited Partnership

Agency Fee:

$200 + $10 for certificate + $5/page

Law:

NE Rev Stat § 67-281

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:Nebraska Secretary of State
Form:

Statement of Qualification

Agency Fee:

$200 + $5/page

Law:

NE Rev Stat § 67-458

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 Nebraska Certificate of Authority, you must also submit:

  • Limited Liability Company: Certificate of good standing dated within 60 days.
  • Corporation: Certificate of good standing dated within 60 days.
  • Nonprofit Corporation: Certificate of good standing 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 Nebraska 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?

Nebraska Secretary of State
1445 K St., Room 1301
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: 402-471-4079
Fax: 402-471-3666
http://www.sos.ne.gov/business/corp_serv/
Email: sos.corp@nebraska.gov

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