Virginia Foreign Corporation
Foreign Corporation Registration
If you own a corporation located in another state and want to conduct business in Virginia, you will need a Virginia Certificate of Authority from the State of Virginia. This is obtained by filing as a foreign corporation with the Virginia Secretary of State, Corporations Division. After you submit your forms, the State of Virginia will return a completed certificate of authority to you. A foreign Virginia corporation is not to be confused with an out-of-country corporation. Any corporation not actually formed (created) in Virginia is called a foreign corporation.
We only charge $100 plus the Virginia state filing fee to prepare and submit the foreign Virginia corporation Certificate of Authority form with the Virginia Secretary of State, Corporations Division. We will also obtain the documentation needed from your home state of incorporation to make the filing.
If you want to submit the paperwork yourself: you just need to sign up for our registered agent service in Virginia and you’ll find the form for a foreign corporation in Virginia is available in your client account immediately. There are also some tips on how to submit your documents with the state. You are required to have a Virginia registered agent anyway, so we try to make this an easy process for you, whether you want us to submit your papers or you want to send them to the Virginia Secretary of State yourself.
How Do I Get Started?
Just sign up for registered agent service first. You then can look at the foreign corporation form in your account online and also at the included filing tips. If you decide not to do the filing yourself, you just click the “Add services” tab from your account, and add our filing services for $100 plus the state filing fees. You can see real time status of our work in progress in your online account at all times. Once we are done with your foreign corporation registration in Virginia, we always store the filing into your online account, email it to you, and send you the original filed documents by mail.