Tennessee Foreign Corporation Registration
Tennessee Certificate of Authority
If you own a corporation located in another state and want to conduct business in Tennessee, you will need a Certificate of Authority to operate in Tennessee. This is obtained by submitting paperwork as a foreign corporation with the Tennessee Secretary of State, Corporations Division. After you submit your forms, the State of Tennessee will return a filed certificate of authority to you. A Tennessee foreign corporation should not be confused with an out-of-country corporation. Any corporation not actually formed (created) in the State of Tennessee is considered to be a foreign corporation.
We charge $100 plus the Tennessee state filing fee to prepare and file the foreign Tennessee Corporation Certificate of Authority form with the Corporations Division of the Tennessee Secretary of State. We also will obtain 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 Tennessee and the foreign corporation form is in your online account immediately. There are also some tips on how to make the filing with the state. You are required to have a Tennessee registered agent anyway, so we try to make this a simple process for you, whether you want us to submit your papers or you want to send them to the Tennessee Secretary of State yourself.
What Are My Next Steps?
Simply sign up for registered agent service first. You then can look at the foreign corporation form in your online account and also at our filing tips. If you don’t want to do the filing yourself, you can click the “add services” tab in your account, and add our filing services for the state filing fees plus $100. You can see real time status of our work in progress in your online account at all times. Once we are done with your foreign corporation registration in Tennessee, we always store the filing to your client account, email it to you, and mail you the original filed documents.