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Foreign Registration in
South Dakota

Registering Your Company as Foreign Entity in South Dakota

If your company is registered outside of South Dakota 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 Certificate of Authority with the South Dakota Secretary of State.

To approve foreign qualification application South Dakota Secretary of State requires certificate of good standing or its equivalent from the home state. The certificate must be current within 90 days. Keep in mind, foreign entity is required to appoint and maintain a registered agent in South Dakota on file at all times in order to be in good standing.

The filing process with South Dakota Secretary of State could take about 14-21 business days, plus additional time for mailing. Expedited option of 3-5 business days, plus mailing time, is available for extra fee. Applicants should also allow additional time for obtaining the certificate of good standing from their home state.

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

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