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Foreign Corporations

Qualifying your Foreign Corporation in Alabama

Do I have to qualify?
Any foreign corporation is required to obtain a certificate of authority before transacting business in the state.

Do I need to reserve my corporate title?
The only way to assure that your name is available for use prior to submitting your application for certificate of authority is to obtain a name reservation certificate.

How do I obtain a name reservation for a foreign corporation?
You may submit the name reservation request form for a foreign corporation. The fee is $25 and must accompany your form when submitted.


You may request a name reservation online for $28.00.  

Secretary of State filing requirements:

Completed application in duplicate.

$150 filing fee payable to the Alabama Secretary of State dated within the last 90 days.

A self-addressed stamped envelope.

Where do I mail my application?

Alabama Secretary of State Alabama Secretary of State
Attn: Business Entities
PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616

Attn: Business Entities
770 Washington Avenue, Suite 580
Montgomery, AL 36104

File Foreign Corporation online - Filing Fee $150.00