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Foreign Qualification Services with CT Corporation

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  • Your Package Includes:
  • 24/7 Access to your Online Status Center
  • Free Compliance Email Alerts
  • Designated Customer Service

Foreign Qualification

  • Legal Document Preparation
  • Preparation of all legal documents.

  • Filing Foreign Qualification
  • Filing Foreign Qualification to register your company to do business in a new state.

  • Name Availability Check
  • Name check ensures the availability of your desired business name with the state.


Registered Agent Services
Every state requires that you designate a Registered Agent to receive legal & critical business communications on behalf of your business.
Business License Package
All the licensing applications and instructions you need to operate your business legally (Application for 1 city / 1 county / 1 state).
Certificate of Good Standing
A certificate of good standing is needed for expansion, financing, and to conduct business transactions.
Annual Report Preparation & Filing
Annual reports are essential to keep your business in good standing. CT does all the preparation work, including preparing all of the forms and verifying your information, all the way to submitting the report with the state notifying you of the successful filing.

Need Help Choosing the Right Foreign Qualification Package?

What does foreign qualification mean? 

Foreign qualification is the process of formally registering your corporation, nonprofit, or LLC in a state other than your formation state. It’s required whenever you begin doing business in a new state.

5 Steps When Doing Business in a New State. Read more...

What They Say About CT


"When our growing company needed to do business in additional states quickly, CT was prompt, efficient, and got us what we needed when we needed it. They make sure we never miss a step."

Ankura Consulting Group, Texas

"I strongly recommend CT as a professional, cooperative and reliable corporate compliance partner."

Walters-Morgan Construction, Inc., Kansas

"Responsive, knowledgeable, and great customer service. I like to work directly via email vs. phone and the response time was outstanding and the paperwork was seamless."

Children International, Missouri

Streamline Interstate Expansion

Registering to do business in a new state (“foreign qualification”) puts you on equal footing with domestic companies, ensuring access to local courts. Beyond efficiency, retaining your name reaffirms your commitment to existing customers while building an attractive legacy for new ones. Our knowledge around the complexities of interstate business makes us a valuable resource as you grow.

CT Customers Rely on Us To:

  • Look into the requirements of each state and help you choose the foreign qualification package that best suits your goals
  • Advise you on each state’s naming requirements and perform a name check for availability
  • Meticulously complete your Certificate of Authority, the document you need for each state where you wish to do business
  • File paperwork with the Secretary of State and monitor the process on your behalf
  • Promptly deliver your Certificate of Authority  upon approval

Why Choose CT?


122 years of compliance expertise, with clients in 40 countries.


65% of Fortune 500 companies trust us with their compliance.


Personal representatives who support you across the life of your business.

Foreign Qualification FAQs

Can I file the foreign qualification forms myself?

You can prepare and file the Certificate of Authority yourself, but most business owners find that keeping track of various state requirements and filing dates takes up a frustrating amount of their time. CT’s experts can help you speed through the process—even if you didn’t form your business with us.

What happens if my company fails to foreign qualify?

If you don’t register your business, you may owe fines, interest, and back taxes. You can also lose the ability to sue in that state. Plus, it could mean your personal assets will no longer be protected from business liabilities within the foreign state.

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