New Hampshire Certificate of Authority


What is a New Hampshire certificate of authority?

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

To obtain your New Hampshire 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:New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Form 40 Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Corporation

Agency Fee:

$100

Law:

RSA § 293-A:15.01

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Limited Liability Companies:

Agency:New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Form FLLC-1 Application for Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration

Agency Fee:

$100

Law:

RSA § 304-C:175

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Nonprofit Corporations:

Agency:New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Form FNP-1 Foreign Nonprofit Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Law:

RSA § 292:5-b

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 60 days.

Fact Checked:1/28/19

For Foreign Professional Corporations:

Agency:New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Form 40PC Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Professional Corporation

Agency Fee:

$100

Law:

RSA § 294-A:25

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 Partnerships:

Agency:New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Form FLP-1 Foreign Limited Partnership Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Law:

RSA § 304-B:49

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:New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Form FLLP-1 Limited Liability Partnership Registration

Agency Fee:

$100

Law:

RSA § 304-A:50 IV

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 New Hampshire Certificate of Authority, you must also submit:

  • Limited Liability Company: Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 60 days.
  • Corporation: Certificate of existence, or certificate of good standing, dated within 60 days.
  • Nonprofit Corporation: Certificate of existence, or 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 New Hampshire 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?

New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
N.H. Department of State - Corporations Division, 107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301-4989
Phone: 603-271-3246
http://sos.nh.gov/Corp_Div.aspx
Email: corporate@sos.nh.gov

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