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Related: Get an Arkansas Registered Agent
If your company was not incorporated in Arkansas, but you wish to do business there, you need to apply for an Arkansas Certificate of Authority.
Known as Foreign Qualification, this process allows a company formed in Delaware (or any other state) to legally transact business in Arkansas.
Please note: information on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, requirements and costs can be changed by states at any time and Harvard Business Services cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.
When applying for a Certificate of Authority (corporations) or Certificate of Registration (LLCs) in Arkansas, foreign entities have to provide a Certificate of Good Standing from their state of domicile, dated within 90 days.
In addition, you must appoint and maintain an Arkansas Registered Agent at all times and include this information on your application. We can provide this service for just $99 per year.
Arkansas requires an application to be submitted along with a filing fee of $270.
Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the Arkansas Secretary of State directly. We do charge our own fee for this service, in addition to the state fees. The exact fee can vary based upon whether your company is already filed and whether you need us to obtain additional documents to meet the state’s requirements. Contact us for an exact quote.
If you plan to do business in the state of Arkansas and are incorporated elsewhere, you will generally have to obtain Foreign Qualification. Typically, “doing business” is defined by activities such as maintaining a physical office or having employees in the state.
Like many other states, the Arkansas statutes use some generic language identifying example activities that do not constitute doing business in the state:
This list is not exhaustive. See the Arkansas Laws and Statutes for additional information.
Keep in mind that even if the state of Arkansas does not require a Certificate of Authority for a specific activity, a bank, vendor or another party can still require it in order to establish a relationship.
If you have Foreign Qualification for a corporation or LLC in Arkansas, you will be required to file an annual report in order to keep your company in good standing status with the state. The annual LLC renewal fee is a flat $150.
The fee for corporations depends on whether the corporation has stock issued. If so, the fee is either $150 or 0.3% of the outstanding capital stock, whichever is greater. If the corporation does not have stock, the fee is a flat $300.
In addition, the annual requirements above are independent of requirements you may have in Delaware or other states.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: