Wyoming Foreign Qualification

Foreign qualification with the Secretary of State in Wyoming refers to the process by which a business entity formed in another state or country seeks permission to conduct business in Wyoming. This legal requirement ensures compliance with state regulations and allows the business to operate and engage in various activities within the state.

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

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

Wyoming Foreign Registration for C Corporation

As a foreign corporation, if you are “transacting business” in Wyoming you must register with the Secretary of State by filing a Foreign Profit Corporation Application for Certificate of Authority. Wyoming provides a non-exhaustive list of activities that do not constitute “transacting business” in lieu of defining “transacting business.”

  1. Acquire a Certificate of Existence

    Wyoming requires a Certificate of Existence from your home state dated no more than 60 days prior to the date the Registration Statement is filed.

  2. Establish a Registered Agent

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

  3. Complete the Foreign Profit Corporation Application

    Fill out the Application for Certificate of Authority form.

  4. Mail Your Foreign Registration Documents

    Mail all required registration documents to the Secretary of State, including the application form, Certificate of Existence, and the filing fee.

Wyoming Foreign Registration for LLC

Foreign limited liability companies "transacting business" in Wyoming must register with the Secretary of State by applying for a Certificate of Authority. Wyoming provides a non-exhaustive list of activities that do not constitute "transacting business" instead of defining "transacting business."

  1. Acquire a Certificate of Existence

    Wyoming requires a Certificate of Existence from your home state dated no more than 60 days before filing with the Wyoming Secretary of State.

  2. Establish a Registered Agent

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

  3. Complete an Application for Certificate of Authority

    Fill out the Application for Certificate of Authority form.

  4. Mail Your Registration Documents

    Mail all required registration documents to the Secretary of State, including the application form, Certificate of Existence, and the filing fee.

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 Wyoming.

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 Wyoming.

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