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Registering Your Company as Foreign Entity in Pennsylvania

If your company is registered outside of Pennsylvania it is required to obtain a certificate of authority before transacting business in the state.

This process is called "Foreign Qualification", and it involves filing Application for Certificate of Authority and the Docketing Statement with the Pennsylvania Department of State.

To approve foreign qualification application Pennsylvania Department of State does not require any documents from the home state. Keep in mind, foreign entity is required to appoint and maintain a registered agent in Pennsylvania on file at all times in order to be in good standing.

The filing process with Pennsylvania Department of State could take about 5-7 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

REMEMBER: Pennsylvania requires every domestic or foreign corporation (but not LLC) to publish a legal notice of its formation. Learn more about Pennsylvania publication requirements here.

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Our company provides full service in assisting with foreign registration in Pennsylvania. We will handle all the steps of foreign qualification in Pennsylvania from obtaining the necessary documents from the home state, to filing all applications with the Pennsylvania Department of State, and making sure the filing is successful.

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