2222 W. Grand River Ave, STE A, Okemos, MI 48864 | (248) 247-2033
by Michigan Registered Agent LLC

Michigan Foreign Corporation

Michigan foreign corporations are corporations formed in another state or jurisdiction that want to transact business in Michigan. Registering a foreign corporation requires submitting paperwork to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). After being approved, you’ll get a Certificate of Authority to operate in Michigan!

Where do we fit in? We can provide your foreign corporation with Michigan registered agent service for just $49 a year—a price that never goes up. Better still, we can use our years of local expertise to register your corporation for just $100 plus state fees.

Register a Michigan Foreign Corporation

Whether you’re looking for a service to register your foreign corporation in Michigan or just need a local registered agent, we have you covered.

Our Registered Agent Service

As your out-of-state corporation will legally require a Michigan registered agent, hiring us is an affordable and easy way to get all of your Michigan needs met at once! We’ll accept your state and legal notifications and upload them to your online account the same day.

Inside that online account, you’ll find a library of handy state forms, including the Certificate of Authority application. As an added bonus, we’ve included some tips on how to submit your paperwork with the state.

Our Business Formation Service

You can also hire us to form your foreign corporation for you! For $100 plus state filing fees, we’ll prepare and file your forms with LARA.

We also track down all the forms needed from your business’s home state to make the filing. Michigan requires a Certificate of Good Standing from your home state (fees for this document vary by state).

The first step of the process is to hire us as your Michigan registered agent. Once you’ve hired us, simply choose the “add services” tab in your account. Once you’ve added the filing service, your account will show real time status of our work in progress.

After we are done, we upload the filings to your online account, email it to you directly, and mail the original filed documents for your records!

How to File a Foreign Corporation in Michigan

Filing your Certificate of Authority can feel like an overwhelming task—that’s why many businesses choose to hire us. But we understand if you’d rather do things yourself. Below are the four steps for registering your foreign corporation in Michigan.

  1. Do a name search on LARA to make sure that the name you want to do business under in Michigan is available! If not, you’ll need to choose a new name to operate under here.
  2. Get a registered agent in Michigan and a registered office in Michigan—a physical address, with someone there during business hours, to receive legal mail such as services of process. We can be your registered agent and use our address for this!
  3. Obtain Certificate of Good Standing from your company’s home state. This must be dated within 30 days of incorporating in Michigan. When we register your foreign corporation, we get this document for you.
  4. File the Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business or Conduct Affairs in Michigan with LARA. This process costs a flat rate of $60 on its own and can take a couple weeks. Expedited processing is available from one business day ($50 extra) to even just one hour ($1,000 extra), but these are optional!

Michigan’s filing fee is $60. A Certificate of Good Standing ranges from free to $50, depending on your state.

If you would like us here at Michigan Registered Agent LLC to file your corporation, just sign up for our registered agent service ($49 a year) and add on foreign registration for $100 plus state fees.


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