Vermont Foreign Qualification

Foreign qualification with the Secretary of State in Vermont refers to the process by which a business entity that was originally formed in another state seeks permission to operate in Vermont. This official recognition ensures compliance with state laws and grants the business the legal authority to conduct its activities within the state's jurisdiction.

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

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

Vermont Foreign Registration for C Corporation, LLC

Foreign entities "doing business" in Vermont must register with the State's Secretary of State by applying for a certificate of authority. "Doing business" is defined by the Vermont Secretary of State as "each act, power, or privilege exercised or enjoyed by a foreign entity in this State," (11A V.S.A. § 15.01).

  1. Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing

    Vermont requires that the Certificate of Good Standing (or equivalent) from your home state be within 30 days for corporations and nonprofits and 90 days for limited liability companies from filing.

  2. Establish a Registered Agent

    You must continually maintain a registered agent in Vermont to accept service of process at your registered office in Vermont. The registered agent must also sign a written consent to the appointment.

  3. Apply for a Certificate of Authority Online

    Create an account at the Secretary of State's Online Business Service Center and file for a certificate of authority.

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 Vermont.

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 Vermont.

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