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File a certificate of authority from Indiana to transact business

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Category : > Foreign Entity Qualification
Posted On : Wed Jan 25th,2017

An ultimate guide to open a branch office in the state of Indiana for a foreign state or the country to start business in the state of Indiana

Who apply for a foreign corporation to transact business in Indiana?

 Any corporation or a limited liability company is registered other than the state of Indiana and wants to conduct business in the state of Indian is required to file an application to the Indiana secretary of state to start a business as a branch office under the same employer identification number.

 How to establish a foreign corporation in Indiana?


  • File an application for certificate of authority of a foreign corporation.
  • You can file it electronically with the filing fee.
  • You can create a trade name, if the entity name is not available to start business in the state of Indiana.
  • The registered agent address is required to register a foreign corporation in Indiana and PO Box is not acceptable.


    How long does state of Indiana take to register a foreign entity?

     Estimated processing time is five to seven working days to process the application.

     Do I need to obtain a certificate of existence or a good standing letter to start an out-of-state entity in Indiana?

     Application must be submitted along with the certificate of existence and it should not be sixty (60) days older. It can be requested by your home state secretary of state to confirm that your company is properly registered and in a good standing.

     Do you have to get a new Employer Identification Number to open a bank account or filing taxes?

     No, the home state EIN will be used to open a bank account and filing taxes.

     Reason to withdraw a foreign Indiana Corporation or a Limited Liability Company


  • You are responsible to Cancel Indiana Company, if you are no longer doing business in the state of Indiana.
  • An Indiana annual report must be filed every year to maintain company in the state of Indiana otherwise the state of Indiana has right to dissolve or admin dissolve your company.



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