If your company was not incorporated in Kentucky, but you wish to do business there, you need to register as a foreign entity with the state.
Kentucky Foreign Qualification allows a company incorporated in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in Kentucky.
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.
To apply for Kentucky Foreign Qualification, the Kentucky Secretary of State requires different forms and fees depending on what type of entity you are operating.
Requirements for LLCs:
Requirements for Corporations:
You must also appoint and list a Kentucky Registered Agent. The Registered Agent must be maintained at all times. Harvard Business Services can provide this service at a cost of just $99/year.
Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the Kentucky Secretary of State directly. We do charge our own fee for this service, in addition to 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. Please contact us for an exact quote.
The most common reasons to apply for a Kentucky Certificate of Authority are if you plan to:
Keep in mind that even if a Kentucky Certificate of Authority is not required for a specific activity, a bank, vendor or another party can still require one in order to establish a relationship.
Once you've acquired Kentucky Foreign Qualification, the Commonwealth of Kentucky requires all LLCs, Corporations (for-profit and non-profit), and LPs to submit an annual report. These reports can be filed anytime between January 1 and June 30th. The report can be filed online or mailed in.
The fee for LLCs, Corporations, and LPs to file an annual report is $15.
Please note that this annual requirement is independent from 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: