Foreign Qualification Illinois


In this section we'll explain the requirements, where to file, and fees regarding a Illinois foreign qualification.

Filing Requirements

If you've incorporated your company in any state other than Illinois (state motto: State Sovereignty, National Union) and you wish to "conduct business" in Illinois, you'll need to "foreign qualify" your company.

The form that needs to be completed and filed for all entity types is called the "Authority to Transact Business in Illinois". The State of Illinois requires the following pieces of information:

  • Corporate name
  • Assumed corporate name in Illinois (if applicable)
  • Names and address of officers and directors
  • Authorized and issued shares (if corporation)
  • Paid-in capital
  • State (or country) of Incorporation
  • Period of duration
  • Date of formation in state of incorporation
  • Street address of principal office, wherever located
  • Street address of principal office in Illinois
  • A designated commercial registered agent for service of process (can be either a corporation or natural person)
  • Street address of agent for service of process (PO Box is NOT acceptable)
  • States and countries in which the company is admitted or qualified to transact business (include state of incorporation)
  • Nature of business / type of services or products offered
  • Signature and title of the authorized person

Documents to file

  • Authority to Transact Business in Illinois (form BCA 13.15) - 2 copies
  • Certified copy of Articles of Incorporation (within the last 90 days)

Where to file

The completed form can be filed by mail or in person:

Office of the Secretary of State
Department of Business Services
501 S. Second Street, Room 350
Springfield, IL 62756

Office of the Secretary of State
Department of Business Services
501 S. Second Street, Room 350
Springfield, IL 6275


State of Illinois phone is 312-793-3380 or 217-782-6961. Name availability number is 217-782-6961. Document filing number is 217-782-1834 or 217-782-6961. Their website is

Fees & Costs

The State of Illinois has a filing fee of $175 for all entity types. Accepted payment types:

  • Certified check
  • Cashier's check
  • Illinois attorney's check
  • Money order


We hope you found this page beneficial regarding an out of state LLC or corporation doing business in the State of Illinois. For a small processing fee plus state fees, you can have one of our expert Incorporation Specialists "foreign qualify" your company in Illinois. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-423-2993 or 302-996-5819. Thank you for your interest in Foreign Qualification in Illinois.


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