Virginia law requires non-Virginia businesses to designate a Virginia Registered Agent before doing business within Virginia.
Are you a corporation or limited liability company formed in a state
other than Virginia? Do you want to do business in the
Commonwealth of Virginia?
Virginia Code §13.1-763 requires foreign companies (companies that
are formed under the laws of a state other than Virginia but that are
required to register to do business in Virginia) to designate a
Registered Agent in Virginia. The Registered Agent must be located in
Virginia. We serve as Registered Agent for many foreign companies
from states around the country. We can serve as your Registered
Answers to common questions about foreign companies doing business in
Does my corporation or LLC have to
register with Virginia before doing business in Virginia? Generally,
yes. If you are doing business in Virginia then you need to be
"qualified" by the Virginia State Corporation Commission before you can
start doing business here.
What is the definition "doing business"
in Virginia? There is no set definition, believe it or not, of
what "doing business" means. In fact, the Virginia Code approaches
it from the reverse perspective and gives a non-exhaustive list of what
is NOT doing business.
The Code section
regarding the necessity of registering as a foreign corporations can be
found here. Generally, if you have an office in Virginia, have
employees physically located in Virginia, maintain any inventory in
Virginia, or regularly advertise and make sales in Virginia, you are
"doing business" in Virginia.
How do I qualify my company to do
business in Virginia? You must submit an Application for
Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Virginia. If you
are a corporation, you can download the application
here. If you are a limited liability company, you can download
How much does it cost to qualify as a
foreign company in Virginia? If you're an LLC, it costs
$100.00. If you're a corporation, it depends on the number of
authorized shares you have specified in your articles of incorporation.
The State Corporation Commission has a chart to help you figure out the
fees for corporations.
You can find the foreign corporation filing fees here.
How much do you charge to be the
Virginia Registered or Resident Agent? $125.00 per year.
No extra fees. No mailing or postage fees like many registered
agents or resident agents charge. One flat fee, nothing more to
We can help you register as a foreign company with
the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
for more information on that process.
Check out our "Getting Started"
page to see how quick and easy it is to name us as your Registered Agent
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