Alaska Foreign Qualification

Foreign qualification with the Secretary of State in Alaska refers to the process by which a business entity formed in another state or country seeks permission to operate in Alaska. This legal requirement ensures compliance with local regulations and grants the business the authority to conduct its activities within the state.

There are 2 different ways to foreign qualify in Alaska depending on your legal entity type and tax classification. Follow the guide below to help you register with the Secretary of State in Alaska or use Mosey to do it.

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Alaska Foreign Registration for C Corporation

Foreign corporations "doing business" in Alaska must register with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing by filing a Certificate of Authority (Form AS 10.06.730). Alaska Corporation Statutes do not define "transact business," but provide a list of activities not constituting transacting business in the state.

  1. Establish a Registered Agent

    The registered agent of the corporation must be an individual who is a resident of Alaska or a corporation (excluding LLC, LP, LLP) registered with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. A corporation may not act as its own registered agent.

  2. File Your Certificate of Authority Online

    Complete the Certificate of Authority online at the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website.

Alaska Foreign Registration for LLC

Foreign limited liabiltiy companies "doing business" in Alaska must register with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing by filing a Certificate of Registration (Form AS 10.50.615). Alaska Corporation Statutes does not define "transacting business," but provide a list of activities not constituting transacting business in the state.

  1. Establish a Registered Agent

    The registered agent of the corporation must be an individual who is a resident of Alaska or a corporation (excluding LLC, LP, LLP) registered with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. A corporation may not act as its own registered agent.

  2. File Your Certificate of Registration Online

    Complete the Certificate of Registration online at the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website.

What else do I need to know?

Once you are registered with the Secretary of State, you may have additional requirements to maintain your "good standing" in the state. Failing to do so can result in fines, back taxes, and forfeiting certain priveleges within the state.

Maintaining a Registered Agent

Most states require that you have a registered agent that can receive important mail from the Secretary of State should they need to contact you. There are many commercial options available or you can use Mosey to be your registered agent and keep your information private in Alaska.

Annual Reports and Taxes

In addition to maintaining a registered agent, most states require you to file a report annually. Registration can also trigger state taxes such as a franchise tax or income tax. You can use Mosey to identify these additional requirements to maintain good standing in Alaska.

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