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If your company was not incorporated in Washington, but you wish to do business there, you need to apply for a Washington Certificate of Authority.
Known as Foreign Qualification, this process allows a company formed in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in Washington.
Existing LLCs and Corporations have the same document requirements in this state when applying for Foreign Qualification:
Washington requires an application to be submitted along with a fee of $180 for both LLCs and corporations, plus a $20 online processing fee. In addition, you must appoint and maintain a Washington Registered Agent at all times. We can provide this service for just $99 per year.
Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the Washington 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 your company will do business in the state of Washington and it is incorporated elsewhere, 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, Washington’s state statutes specify some example activities that do not constitute doing business in the state, and therefore do not require Foreign Qualification:
Activities of a foreign entity that do not constitute doing business in this state under this chapter include, but are not limited to:
Keep in mind that even if the state of Washington 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.
If you have Foreign Qualification for an LLC or corporation in Washington, you will be required to pay an annual report fee in order to keep your company in good standing status with the state. The annual corporation renewal fee is $60, while the fee for LLCs is $71.
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.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: