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Foreign Registration in

Registering Your Company as Foreign Entity in Tennessee

If your company is registered outside of Tennessee 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 Tennessee Secretary of State.

To approve foreign qualification application Tennessee Secretary of State requires certificate of good standing or its equivalent from the home state. The certificate must be current within 2 months. Keep in mind, foreign entity is required to appoint and maintain a registered agent in Tennessee on file at all times in order to be in good standing.

The filing process with Tennessee Secretary of State could take about 3-4 business days, plus additional time for mailing. 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 Tennessee. We will handle all the steps of foreign qualification in Tennessee from obtaining the necessary documents from the home state, to filing all applications with the Tennessee Secretary of State, and making sure the filing is successful.

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