Illinois Foreign Corporation Registration
If you are a corporation headquartered in another state and want to do business in Illinois, you will need a Certificate of Authority to operate in Illinois. You can get one by submitting paperwork as a foreign corporation with the Illinois Secretary of State, Corporations Division. After you submit your forms, the State of Illinois will return a filed certificate of authority to you. An Illinois foreign corporation is not to be confused with an out-of-country corporation. Any corporation not actually formed (created) in the State of Illinois is considered to be a foreign corporation.
Illinois Certificate of Authority
At Illinois Registered Office LLC, we only charge for the state filing fees plus $100 to prepare and file the Foreign Illinois corporation Certificate of Authority form with the Illinois Secretary of State, Corporations Division. We also will obtain the documentation needed from your home state of incorporation to file your documents.
If you want to do the filing yourself: you just need to sign up for our Illinois registered agent service and the Illinois foreign corporation form is in your client account immediately. As an added bonus, we’ve included some filing tips on how to make the filing with the state. You are required to have a registered agent in Illinois anyway, so we try to make the process simple and easy for you, whether you want us to submit your papers or you want to do the filing yourself.
What Are My Next Steps?
You have two easy choices:
1.) Get Registered Agent Service.
If you want to file your foreign registration paperwork yourself, we’ll give you everything you need when you sign up for registered agent service. You’ll get an online account that includes the Illinois foreign corporation form, as well as our filing tips. If you ultimately decide you don’t want to bother with doing the filing yourself, no problem! Just click the “Add services” tab from your account, and add our filing services for $100 plus state filing fees.
2.) Register Your Foreign Corporation.
Simply sign up!
Once we’re done with your Illinois foreign corporation registration, we’ll upload the filing in your online account, email it to you, and send you the original filed documents by mail.