North Carolina Foreign Corporation Formation

If you wish to do business in North Carolina but you’re already registered in another state, you probably need to register as a Foreign Corporation in North Carolina first. Click and Inc can help you with your Foreign Corporation registration—we can even obtain your Certificate of Existence for you!

Steps to Form a North Carolina Foreign Corporation

In order to register as a Foreign Corporation in North Carolina, you’ll need to draft an Application for Certificate of Authority and file it with the Department of the Secretary of State. This application must lay out certain information about your business, including:

  • Corporate Name: If your legal name from your original state is available, you must use it in North Carolina. If it is not, you will select a different name to use in the state. Click and Inc can perform a business name search to help you figure out your corporate name in North Carolina.
  • Jurisdiction: This is the state in which you were originally incorporated.
  • Filing information: The date and period of duration of your original corporation should be provided.
  • Registered Agent: Provide your registered agent’s physical address in the state. If you do not have a physical address in North Carolina, Click and Inc can obtain a registered agent for your corporation.
  • Principal Office: If applicable, provide your corporation’s physical office.
  • Officers: Provide the names and addresses of your current officers.

Additional Requirements for a North Carolina Foreign Corporation

You are required to submit a Certificate of Existence from your original state of incorporation along with your application.

The Secretary of State must receive an Article Amendment from you if any of the above information changes after filing your Foreign Corporation in North Carolina.

Click and Inc can prepare and file your North Carolina Foreign Corporation for you quickly, accurately, and affordably. Or, we can just obtain your Certificate of Existence from your original state.

North Carolina Startup Quicklinks

For information on other types of businesses in North Carolina, please explore the links below.