Individuals looking to extend their foreign entity into the state of Montana will find everything they need right here on this page to file successfully. Essentially, you will have to complete an application for a Certificate of Authority and submit it, by mail, to the Secretary of State. The state offers expedited filing services, they being a 24 hour filing period for an additional $20 and a 1 hour filing period for an additional $100. Select one of the following two corporate filing type options below to redirect to its specific form tutorial (fees listed):

Before attempting to register, ensure that your desired operating name is indeed available by checking the business database. You can also, if you desire, perform a name reservation which reserves your desired name for 120 days ($10 with expedited filing options).

How To File a Profit Corporation

Step 1- If you are attempting to file for a standard foreign profit corporation you will need to download the Application for Certificate of Authority.

Step 2- After downloading the application, the following information must be supplied:

  • Corporation type
  • Corporation name
  • Public benefits provided (if applicable)
  • Original jurisdiction
  • Date of incorporation
  • Duration
  • Principle office address
  • Commercial registered agent
  • OR Non-commercial registered agent and address
  • Description of business
  • Name, office and address of all officers
  • Name and address of directors
  • Signature, title and the date signed
  • Phone number
  • Email address

mt-f-corp-form-1 mt-f-corp-form-2Step 3- With the application completed and signed, have a check made out to the Secretary of State attached in the amount of $70. Have both articles sent by mail to the address below.

Secretary of State

P.O. Box 202801

Helena, MT 59620

How To File a Non-Profit Corporation

Step 1- Similar to profit corporation filings, those filing for a foreign non-profit corporation will need to download the Application for Certificate of Authority.

Step 2- Open the application with your PDF viewer and submit the following data to complete the form:

  • Name of corporation
  • Date of incorporation
  • Duration
  • Original jurisdiction
  • Principle office address
  • Commercial registered agent
  • OR Non-commercial registered agent and address
  • Name, address and title of directors and officers
  • Non-profit status
  • Description of business
  • Signature, title and the date signed
  • Phone number
  • Email address

mt-fnp-corp-form-1 mt-fnp-corp-form-2Step 3- Along with your completed application, a check made out to the Secretary of State will need to be attached ($20). Both items must be sent by mail to the address below.

Secretary of State

P.O. Box 202801

Helena, MT 59620

Tips

Renewal– Unlike all other filing functions one carries out in Montana, renewal filings are completed online. In essence, you will have to file online at this site by completing a short series of forms built into the portal. If you would like to generate a pre-filled renewal form you may do so at this site. As far as payments go, the standard fee is $20, but beware: if your filing is submitted after 5 PM (MST) on April 15th the fee will rise to $35. Payments can be made by debit or credit card.