Foreign Qualification New York


In this section, you'll find information about qualifying your company to do business in New York, form requirements, and fees and costs.

What is the Application for Authority form?

A company incorporated in another state that plans to "do business" in New York must file a form called "Application for Authority". This form requires the following information:

  • Name of company (corporation, LLC, limited partnership, etc.)
  • Where the company is incorporated or organized
  • Incorporation/formation date
  • County in New York where company address will be located
  • Name and address of registered agent and registered office in New York

What does it mean to "do business"?

While New York does not specifically outline what "doing business" means, here are some sample circumstances in which you'll probably need to "foreign qualify in New York":

  • Opening a bank account
  • Leasing/renting office or warehouse space
  • Shipping goods from New York

Are there any words or phrases in my company name that I need to be aware of when doing a foreign qualification in New York?

Yes. Words such as "bank", "insurance", "board of trade", "chamber of commerce", "trust", "savings", etc. may be restricted or prohibited. Additional consent or approval will be required by one or more state agencies.

Is there a way to check name availability in New York before I submit my Application for Authority?

Yes. You can mail your request for name availability to New York at the Albany, NY address noted below.

Are there are any other documents required to be filed other than the Application for Authority?

Yes. New York requires a certificate of existence or certificate of good standing from the state where you are incorporated. The document must be dated within one year of issuance.

Are there any New York fees associated with filing the Application for Authority?

Yes. A filing fee of $225 is required.

Where do I send my documents and fees?

You can mail your completed Application for Authority and statutory filing fee to:

New York Department of State
Division of Corporations
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231

We hope you found this page beneficial. For a small processing fee plus state fees; we can process, complete and file your Application for Authority with the state of New York. We have an experienced team of Incorporation Specialists to make the foreign qualification process as smooth as possible. 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 New York.


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