This tutorial has been dedicated to educating prospective filers through the registration process presented by the Nebraska Secretary of State. Applicants will notice that there exists no online registrations process. Instead, filers will be expected to complete a PDF containing all the requisite information for their corporation type and submit this document through the mail. Alternatively, you may use the e-Delivery system on the Secretary of State website. This should not be confused with online registration as you will still be required to upload a completed PDF of whatever your particular filing document may be. The filing fee’s vary depending on a number of factors (listed below).

  • Domestic Profit/Professional/Benefit- See below table
   $0 – $10,000   $60 + $5/page
   $10,001 – $25,000   $100 + $5/page
   $25,001 – $50,000   $150 + $5/page
   $50,001 – $75,000   $225 + $5/page
   $75,001 – $100,000   $300 + $5/page
  • Domestic Non-profit- $10 + $5/page
  • Foreign Profit/Professional- $130 + $5/page
  • Foreign Non-Profit- $10 + $5/page

How to File

Step 1- The first step we recommend that filers take is the use of the Business Entity Search function to research the availability of their proposed name. This process will greatly reduce the risk of a rejected filing. There is also the option to perform a Name Reservation thus reserving your name for a period of 120 days prior to filing.

Step 2- Once your name has been secured, you can continue by drafting either your Articles of Incorporation (domestic) or your Application for Certificate of Authority (foreign). Make sure that the requisite signatures are given and all information is correct and true before continuing. Click either tutorial below to get more information pertaining to the filing requirements.

Step 3- You can now attach all requisite certificates and filing fees and send the application in the mail to the below address. If you’ve chosen the e-Delivery system, you will need to supply additional information into the provided fields and upload the documents onto the website. The payment of the filing fee, by credit card, will mark the completion of your filing.

John A. Gale, Secretary of State

Room 1301 State Capitol, P.O. Box 94608

Lincoln, NE 68509

Tips

EIN– This tip applies to new, domestic corporations only as foreign entities should already be operating with the use of an Employer Identification Number. An EIN allows the IRS to identify tax-withholding entities as legitimate. Once this number has been applied for, the employer will be able to successfully open bank accounts, register for loans and otherwise commit to any level of financial transaction while using the company name. An EIN can be obtained easily either Online or by using the PDF Application process.

Corporate Bylaws– All corporations, and all entities for that matter, would benefit from the use of a set of bylaws under which the managing members of the business are required to operate. This organizational tool is used to delineate the nature of the relationship between the incorporators of the entity and the corporation itself. To learn more, and to gain access to our free online template (available in MS Word and Adobe PDF), click on the link found in this paragraph. Be sure to have your attorney review the contents of the document before incorporating it into your business structure.

Renewal– All corporations are required to renew either every year or every other year to stay in good standing with the Secretary of State. Non-profit corporations can submit their biennial report on the odd years (e.g. 2015, 2017) while profit corporations will be asked to do so on the even years. Benefit corporations must provide an annual report dictating the nature in which the corporation benefits the general public amongst other key pieces of information. When the reports are due, a link will present itself on the Secretary of State homepage which will enable filers to submit their documents online. A submission by mail has also been made available.

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