Foreign Qualification Services with CT Corporation

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Foreign Qualification/Certificate of Authority $463 + State Fees

  • Legal Document Preparation
  • We prepare all legal documents to register your company to do business in a new state.

  • Filing Foreign Qualification/Certificate of Authority
  • We file the Foreign Qualification/Certificate of Authority forms with the state, monitor the process, and promptly deliver the final paperwork to you upon approval.

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


Registered Agent Services
Business License Research Package
Certificate of Good Standing
Annual Report Preparation & Filing

Why Choose CT?

  • Designated experts to answer your questions
  • No hidden fees
  • Online compliance portal to easily file your legal documents
  • Compliance alerts to help you track your Franchise Tax due dates
  • Nationwide presence – in all 50 states 
  • 120 years of experience, and the expertise to help at every stage of your business

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. To do so you need to file an application for a certificate of authority in the state where you want to expand your business. 

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

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars from 16 CT Corporation client reviews on

C.T. Corporation System BBB Business Review

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Foreign Qualification FAQs

When do I need to foreign qualify my business?

You must foreign qualify whenever you’re “doing business” in a state. Although we recommend the advice of an attorney, you’ll probably need to foreign qualify if you have either employees or a physical presence in the new state, or if you routinely accept orders or execute contracts there.

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.

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