Foreign Incorporation in New York

NY Certificate Of Authority

If your out-of-state (foreign) corporation wants to do business in New York, you need a Certificate of Authority from the New York Division of Corporations. Not only do we offer the most affordable registered agent service in the state (just $49/year), but we can also register your foreign corporation in New York. Want an even better value? Get connected with New Yorkers through our domain, website, email, and phone services. Try risk-free for 90 days.

Otherwise, read on to learn how to register your foreign NY corporation on your own.

Foreign Qualification

If your corporation was formed in any state or jurisdiction other than New York and wants to do business in the Empire State, you will need a Certificate of Authority from the NY Division of Corporations. The State of New York flippin’ loves taxes, so they require businesses to register and pay state taxes if they have any of the following in New York:

  • Significant storage (i.e. a warehouse or distribution hub)
  • An office
  • A storefront
  • Salesperson(s) that conduct business in the state

Register A NY Foreign Corporation Yourself

Looking to save some money? You can file your Foreign Corporation Application for Authority yourself. To do so, you must submit the same documents mentioned above:

  • New York Foreign Corporation Application for Authority
  • Certificate of Existence/Good Standing from Your Home State

A Certificate of Existence/Good Standing is generally obtained from your local Secretary of State office. It must be dated within one year.

When filling out your Application for Authority, be aware that there are numerous restricted or prohibited words and phrases that cannot be used as part of your Corporation name. In addition, the name of your company must include one of the following: “Corp,” “Corporation,” “Inc,” or “Incorporated.” If your name does not conform to these specific laws, you will need to select a fictitious name for use in New York that does.

Once your Application is complete, you must mail it or deliver it to the following address:

Department of State
Division of Corporations, State Records and UCC
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12231-0001

Looking to start a new corporation in New York? Check out our guide to New York State Incorporation.

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