Foreign LLC Registration Fees by State - All 50 States Included

Last updated October 12, 2020

Foreign LLC Fees by State

Foreign LLC: definition, synonyms, and fees

Foreign LLC Registration (or “Foreign LLC Qualification“) is the term used when an LLC formed in one state is registering to do business in a new state.

Foreign LLC registration fees for all 50 states are listed in the table below.

This is up to date as of 2020.

The average Foreign LLC registration fee in the United States is $186.

The lowest Foreign LLC registration fee is $50 (Hawaii, Michigan, and Missouri), and the most expensive Foreign LLC registration fees are in Massachusetts ($500), Texas ($750), and South Dakota ($750).

The most common names of forms to register a Foreign LLC are the “Application for Registration of Foreign LLC“, “Foreign LLC Registration“, and “Application for Certificate of Authority“. However, depending on the state where you are registering your LLC as a Foreign LLC, the name of the filing form varies widely. Some other examples (but not including all) are:

– Application for Certificate of Registration of Foreign LLC
– Application for Registration
– Certificate of Registration of Foreign LLC
– Foreign Registration Statement
– Application for Admission to Transact Business
– Certificate of Authority
– Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities
– and more

Foreign LLC Definition

A Foreign LLC is simply an LLC that was formed in one state (it’s “home state”, where the LLC is known as a Domestic LLC) that is registering to do business in a new state. When a business expands to operate out of, and do business in multiple states, it must register (or “qualify”) as a Foreign LLC in each new state where it wishes to operate.

Foreign LLCs and “Doing Business”

As to whether or not you need to register your LLC as a Foreign LLC in another state comes down to whether or not you are legally “doing business” in that state. Each state has different laws when it comes to the definition of “doing business”, so if you’re not sure whether you need to register a Foreign LLC or not, we recommend reaching out to a few attorneys for a quick chat.

Foreign LLC Annual Reports

The table below is for Foreign LLC registration fees. In addition to registration fees, in most states, Foreign LLCs also have annual reporting requirements, just like “regular” (Domestic) LLCs.

Foreign LLC Fees:

State Foreign LLC Fee Form/Online Filing Notes Questions?
Alabama Foreign LLC $150 Business Downloads See Name Reservation Request Form For Foreign Entities ($10 regular/$25 expedited). See Foreign LLC Application for Registration. Alabama Secretary of State
334-242-7200
Alaska Foreign LLC $350 Forms by Entity Type See Limited Liability Company > Foreign (Non-Alaskan) > Registration of Foreign LLC/Form 08-497. State of Alaska
907-465-2550
Arizona Foreign LLC $150 Forms See Limited Liability Company Forms > Application for Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form L025). Arizona Corporation Commission
602-542-3026
Arkansas Foreign LLC $270 – $300 Forms See Application for Certificate of Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form FL-01). Arkansas Secretary of State
501-682-3409
California Foreign LLC $70 Forms See Foreign Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) > Application to Register (Form LLC-5). California Secretary of State
916-657–5448
Colorado Foreign LLC $100 File a Form LLCs can only be filed online. Under Foreign (outside of Colorado) Entities, click Foreign entity to begin. Colorado Secretary of State
303-894-2200
Connecticut Foreign LLC $120 Forms See Foreign Limited Liability Company > Application for Registration. Connecticut Secretary of State
860-509-6002
Delaware Foreign LLC $200 New Entities See Foreign Limited Liability Company, form is called Certificate of Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company. Delaware Secretary of State
302-739-3073
Florida Foreign LLC $125 Foreign LLC Forms See Qualification of Foreign LLC. Florida Department of State
850-245-6000
Georgia Foreign LLC $225 eCorp Create account > Create or Register a Business > I am registering a foreign (non-Georgia) business that is in good standing in its place of formation. Georgia Secretary of State
404-656-2817
Hawaii Foreign LLC $50 Foreign LLC See Register Online or Application for Certificate of Authority (Form FLLC-1). State of Hawaii
808-586-2727
Idaho Foreign LLC $100 LLC Forms See Foreign Entity Registration > Foreign Registration Statement (Limited Liability Company). Idaho Secretary of State
208-334-2301
Illinois Foreign LLC $150 (used to be $500) LLC Forms See Application for Admission to Transact Business (Form LLC 45.5). Illinois Secretary of State
217-782-6961
312-793-3380
Indiana Foreign LLC $125 Business Forms See Limited Liability Companies (Foreign) >Application for Certificate of Authority (Form 49464). Indiana Secretary of State
317-234-9768
Iowa Foreign LLC $100 Business Forms See Foreign Limited Liability Companies (489). Iowa Secretary of State
515-281-5204
Kansas Foreign LLC $165 Filings & Forms See "Foreign Limited Liability Company Application" (Form FA). Kansas Secretary of State
785-296-4564
Kentucky Foreign LLC $90 Filing
Forms
See Certificate of Authority (FBE). Kentucky Secretary of State
502-564-3490
Louisiana Foreign LLC $150 New Filings See Foreign Limited Liability Company. Louisiana Secretary of State
225-925-4704
Maine Foreign LLC $250 LLC Forms See MLLC-12 (Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities). Maine Secretary of State
207-624-7736
Maryland Foreign LLC $100 Forms See Foreign (non-Maryland) Businesses > Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration. Maryland Secretary of State
410-767-1184
Massachusetts Foreign LLC $500 Foreign LLC See Foreign Limited Liability Company Application for Registration (PDF). Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
617-727-7030
Michigan Foreign LLC $50 LLC Forms See Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business (Form 760). Michigan Secretary of State
517-241-6470
Minnesota Foreign LLC $185 – $205 Foreign LLC Forms See Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in MN (LLC). Minnesota Secretary of State
651-296-2803
Mississippi Foreign LLC $250 New Filing Create account > Register an Out-of-State Corporation, Non-Profit, LLC, Partnership or Business Trust. Mississippi Secretary of State
601-359-1633
Missouri Foreign LLC $50 online, $105 by mail Fees and Forms See Application for Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC 4). Missouri Secretary of State
573-751-4153
Montana Foreign LLC $70 Foreign LLC See Application for Certificate of Authority. Montana Secretary of State
406-444-3665
Nebraska Foreign LLC $120 Forms See Limited Liability Companies (Foreign) > Certificate of Authority. Nebraska Secretary of State
402-471-4079
Nevada Foreign LLC $425 All Forms See Foreign Limited-Liability Company (NRS 86.544). Nevada Secretary of State
775-684-5708
New Hampshire Foreign LLC $100 Foreign LLC Forms See Form FLLC-1 Application for Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration. New Hampshire Secretary of State
603-271-3246
New Jersey Foreign LLC $125 Getting Registered See information pertaining to "out-of-state (foreign) legal entity". New Jersey Department of State
609-292-6748
New Mexico Foreign LLC $100 Foreign LLC See Application for Registration. New Mexico Secretary of State
505-827-4508
New York Foreign LLC $250 Application for Authority See Fillable Application for Authority Form. New York Department of State
518-473-2492
North Carolina Foreign LLC $250 Forms See Application for Certificate of Authority (Form L-09). North Carolina Secretary of State
919-807-2000
North Dakota Foreign LLC $135 Forms See Foreign Business Limited Liability Company Certificate of Authority Application. North Dakota Secretary of State
701-328-2900
Ohio Foreign LLC $99 LLCs See Foreign Business Entities > Limited Liability Company > File Registration of a Foreign > Limited Liability Company (Form 533B). Ohio Secretary of State
614-466-2655
Oklahoma Foreign LLC $300 Forms See Foreign limited liability companies > Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company Forms and Procedures. Oklahoma Secretary of State
405-521-3912
Oregon Foreign LLC $275 Foreign LLCs See ​​Application for Authority. Oregon Secretary of State
503-986-2200​​​​​​
Pennsylvania Foreign LLC $250 Forms See Foreign Associations > Foreign Registration Statement. Pennsylvania Department of State
717-787-1057
Rhode Island Foreign LLC $150 Documents See Application for Registration (450). Rhode Island Secretary of State
401-222-2357
South Carolina Foreign LLC $110 Forms Click Starting a Business. Then look for Limited Liability Company - Foreign. South Carolina Secretary of State
803-734-2158
South Dakota Foreign LLC $750 – $765 LLCs See Foreign Limited Liability Companies > Application for Certificate of Authority Application. South Dakota Secretary of State
605-773-3537
Tennessee Foreign LLC $50 per member ($300 minimum / $3,000 maximum) LLCs See Forms: Formed Outside of Tennessee > Application for Certificate of Authority (ss-4233). Tennessee Secretary of State
615-741-2286
Texas Foreign LLC $750 Forms See Limited Liability Company Application for Registration (Form 304). Texas Secretary of State
512-463-5555
Utah Foreign LLC $70 Foreign LLC See Foreign Registration Statement. Utah Secretary of State
801-530-4849
Vermont Foreign LLC $125 Fees and Filings See Limited Liability Companies > Application for Certificate of Authority. Vermont Secretary of State
802-828-2386
Virginia Foreign LLC $100 Foreign LLCs See Application for a Certificate of Registration to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form LLC1052). Virginia Corporation Commission
804-371-9733
Washington Foreign LLC $200 Foreign Entity See Foreign Entity Registration. Washington Secretary of State
360-725-0377
Washington DC Foreign LLC $220 Foreign Filing View documents > all documents > search for FN-1. District of Columbia Office of the Secretary
202-442-4400
West Virginia Foreign LLC $150 Form LLCF-1 See Application for Certificate of Authority of Limited Liability Company (Form LLF-1). West Virginia Secretary of State
304-558-8000
Wisconsin Foreign LLC $100 Filing
Forms
See Foreign Limited Liability Company Certificate of Registration Application (Form 521). Wisconsin Secretary of State
608-261-7577
Wyoming Foreign LLC $100 Forms See Limited Liability Companies > Out-of-State Forms > Certificate of Authority. Wyoming Secretary of State
307-777-7311
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10 thoughts on “Foreign LLC Fees by State”

  1. If a foreign owned single member Wyoming/Delaware LLC wants to open a bank account, but the business doesn’t have any ECI and has no US tax obligations – what states/banks are the best options for bank accounts? Assume the single member can travel to any state.

    Does the LLC have to register as a “foreign LLC” in that state before opening a bank account there? Even if it has no business or ECI in the US?

    If the foreign owned LLC really has to register as a”foreign LLC” in that state in order to open a bank account, does it need to buy a mailing address in that state and have proof of address docs sent there?

    How long does it take to for foreign owned single member Wyoming/Delaware LLC to register as a foreign LLC in the newly desired state? What is the timeframe and how long does this usually take to complete this (ie obtain the form that the bank needs to see in order to open the account)?

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    • Since banks are governed by state regulations (in addition to federal regulations), they can only open an account in the state where the entity was formed or is qualified as a Foreign LLC. Some banks require a proof of address, some don’t. We recommend calling a few banks ahead of time to check on their requirements for opening an account. We also recommend looking into a TransferWise account. If you need to register as a Foreign LLC, the approval time depends on the state where you’re looking to qualify. Usually though, it’s between 3 to 8 business days. We have more info on banking for foreigners here: foreigners opening US LLC bank account. Hope that helps.

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  2. In-regards to a business owner that lives in one state yet its assets are in another would it be best to register with the home state or the state the assets are in, (it has not been registered in either state yet)? How would one go about registering a business that does mainly online sales with ocassional sales at events? Would it need to register in each of the states that it is doing events?

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    • Hi Indy, it comes down to where the LLC is transacting business. You’d need to look at the statutes and/or speak with an attorney. Usually, isolated transactions are not considered transacting business, but things vary from state to state.

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  3. I have a llc that was formed in Wisconsin … I now live in Kansas and will do business in both Kansas and Wisconsin . What do I need to do ?

    Thanks
    Jeff long

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    • Hi Jeff, since you formed your LLC in Wisconsin, your LLC is already authorized to do business in Wisconsin. If you would like to “extend its authority” into Kansas, you can register your Wisconsin LLC as a foreign LLC in Kansas. Keep in mind, you’ll still have 1 LLC, A Wisconsin LLC… it would just also be allowed to do business in Kansas. Hope that helps.

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  4. So any e-commerce business that sells in all 50 states has to register for foreign qualification in the other 49 states if their operations and the LLC are based in one state? That could be ~$9,500 in filing fees!

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    • Hey Iman, an LLC should be formed/registered in the state(s) where it’s doing business. Selling to customers in this context usually doesn’t constitute doing business, but rather, it’s interstate commerce. Most people are running e-commerce businesses from their home, and are therefore doing business in their home state. Hope that helps.

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  5. What about annual fees for foreign LLCs, are they also different from regular (local) LLC annual fees?

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    • Hi Geri, the annual fees may differ. It depends on the state. Since we don’t currently have those annual fees on this page, you’ll want to get in touch with the Secretary of State’s office for the details.

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