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Certificate of Authority in Louisiana – Filing Service

Foreign Corporation in LA

If you own a corporation headquartered in another state and want to conduct business in Louisiana, you will need a certificate of authority from the state of Louisiana. You can obtain one by filing as a foreign corporation with the Corporations Division of the Louisiana Secretary of State. After you submit your forms, the state of Louisiana will return a filed certificate of authority to you. A foreign Louisiana corporation is not to be confused with an out of country corporation. Any corporation not actually formed (created) in Louisiana is a foreign corporation.

We only charge $100 plus the Louisiana state filing fee to prepare and submit the foreign Louisiana corporation certificate of authority form with the Corporations Division of the Louisiana Secretary of State. We will also track down the forms needed from your home state of incorporation to make the filing.

If you want to submit the paperwork yourself: you just need to sign up for our registered agent service in Louisiana and you’ll find the foreign corporation form is in your client account immediately. There are also some filing tips on how to submit your documents with the state. Your business needs to have a Louisiana registered agent anyway, so we try to make the process simple and easy for you, whether you want us to do the filing or you want to send them to the Louisiana Secretary of State yourself.

How Do I Get Started?

You sign up for our registered agent service first. You then can look at the form for foreign corporations in your online account and also at our filing tips. If you don’t want to do the filing yourself, you just click the “Add services” tab in your account, and add our filing services for $100 plus the state filing fees. Your account shows real time status of our work in progress. Once we are done with your foreign corporation registration in Louisiana, we always store the filing into your online account, email it to you, and send you the original filed documents by mail.


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