Kentucky Foreign Qualification

Foreign qualification with the Secretary of State in Kentucky refers to the process by which a business entity that was originally formed in another state seeks permission to conduct business in Kentucky. This involves filing the necessary documents and paying the required fees to ensure compliance with Kentucky's laws and regulations.

Follow the guide below to help you register with the Secretary of State in Kentucky or use Mosey to do it.

Use Mosey to register with the Secretary of State in Kentucky.

Kentucky Foreign Qualification for C Corporation, LLC

A foreign entity doing business in Kentucky must submit its Application for Certificate of Authority online with the Kentucky Secretary of State. Kentucky, like most states, provides a list of activities not considered "doing business" in lieu of defining "doing business."

  1. Establish a Registered Agent

    You will need to appoint a registered agent in order for your Foreign Certificate of Authority filing to be approved. Your resident agent must have a Kentucky street address. It can be any Kentucky resident or a corporation qualified to do business in Kentucky.

  2. Apply for a Certificate of Authority

    File for a Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Business Entity online at the Kentucky One Stop Portal.

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 Kentucky.

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 Kentucky.

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