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If your company was not incorporated in New Hampshire, but you wish to do business there, you need to apply for a New Hampshire Certificate of Authority.
Known as Foreign Qualification, this process allows a company formed in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in New Hampshire.
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.
Existing LLCs and Corporations have the same document requirement in this state when applying for Foreign Qualification:
New Hampshire requires an application to be submitted along with a fee of $100, regardless of whether the company is an LLC or corporation. A small convenience fee may also be assessed by the state for this transaction.
In addition, you must appoint and maintain a New Hampshire Registered Agent at all times. We can provide this service for just $99 per year.
As is the case in other states, the name of your company must be unique and available in New Hampshire; otherwise, you will have to choose a different name. New Hampshire charges an additional fee in this case. The specific language used on the state’s forms is, “If the limited liability company name is not available for use in New Hampshire, enter the name to be used in New Hampshire. In this case, a trade name application must be filed with an additional $50.00 fee.”
Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the New Hampshire 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. Contact us for an exact quote.
If you plan to do business in the state of New Hampshire, but your company was not formed in New Hampshire, you will often need 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, New Hampshire’s state statutes specify some example activities that do not constitute doing business in the state, and typically do not require Foreign Qualification:
The following activities, among others, do not constitute transacting business in New Hampshire:
New Hampshire Business Corporation Act, Chapter 293-A
Keep in mind that even if the state of New Hampshire does not require a Certificate of Authority for a specific activity, a bank, vendor or another party can still require one in order to establish a relationship.
New Hampshire tends to keep fees for LLCs and corporations the same. If you have Foreign Qualification for a company in New Hampshire, you will be required to file an annual report in order to keep your company in good standing status with the state. The annual renewal fee for both LLCs and corporations is $100.
In addition, the annual requirements above are independent of requirements you may have in Delaware or other states.
Since 1981, Harvard Business Services, Inc. has helped form 186,935 Delaware corporations and LLCs for people all over the world.
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