Registering a foreign entity in the State of Pennsylvania may seem like a somewhat cumbersome task at first glance, however, with the assistance of the detailed tutorials we have provided on this webpage, you will find that filing is actually quite an easy procedure. If you have looked at the Department of State’s website already then you will have noticed that there is an online filing system. This online method of application is the best option available in regards to registration as it will deliver the filing forms to the Department of State instantaneously. The only stipulation is that you must first create an account with the Department of State to access this system (click here to view our tutorial on account registration). You may also apply through the mail by downloading the PDF application corresponding to your entity type and forwarding it to the Department of State offices along with a filing fee. Regardless of what method of application you choose, the filing fee will remain at $250.

Before commencing the registration process, it is recommended that you perform a Business Entity Search of the Department of State’s database to ensure that the name you have chosen for your entity is available for use. With a name chosen, you can then guarantee its availability for 120 days prior to filing your documents by utilizing the Name Reservation application.

How to File an LLC or Professional Service LLC (Online)

Step 1- Filing a foreign LLC or PSLLC online can be accomplished by logging onto your online account. Once accessed, navigate to this webpage to begin the registration process. The first page shown will display a statement that must be agreed to. Check the small box underneath the statement to verify that it has been read.


Step 2- Select the type of business you would like to create by choosing an option from the drop-down menu.


Step 3- Enter the name you would like to use to represent your business. Click Search, followed by Continue to proceed.


Step 4- The next page will require you to submit the following information:

  • Jurisdiction of formation
  • Whether your business will use a registered office in Pennsylvania, or a commercial registered office provider
  • Provide the registered association’s address
  • Provide an address for the principal office


Step 5- Here you must determine as to whether your LLC will be effective upon filing, or the future effective date (specify date). Next, note if the association may or may not have series and specify the type of LLC you are forming.


Step 6- Submit your name and address into the fields provide and provide a description of the activities your business plans on performing. You may also add your LLC’s employer identification number.


Step 7- Additional attachments may be supplied by clicking the Choose File tab and selecting up to 5 items from your computer files. Once the files have been chosen, click Upload Attachment, followed by Continue.


Step 8- Your signature and business title must be inputted into the two entry fields. Click Review Filing to proceed.


Step 9- The following page will provide you with the ability to alter any of the information that has been submitted so far. Click the blue Edit tabs on the right in the corresponding section that you would like to change. Click Proceed to Cart once you have verified that all the details are correct.



Step 10- The fee you will be required to pay is $250 which must be supplied with a credit card. Click Checkout to proceed.


Step 11- On this final page you will simply need to provide your credit card details and billing information. Click Make Payment to complete the registration process.



How to File an LLC or Professional Service LLC (PDF)

Step 1- Begin by downloading the PDF application located here.

Step 2- This document must include the following information:

Page 1

  • Return mailing address
  • 1-Type of LLC
  • 2-Entity name
  • 2a-Alternate name (if applicable)
  • 3-Initial jurisdiction of formation
  • 4-Address of the principal office
  • 4a-Address of principal office, if any, in initial jurisdiction of formation


Page 2

  • 5a-Address of the proposed registered office (if applicable)
  • 5b-Name of the commercial office provider (if applicable)
  • 6-Specify whether or not your entity will have series
  • 7-Effective date of registration
  • Date signed
  • Signature
  • Title


Step 3- Upon completion of the application, a Docketing Statement must then be downloaded. Continue by submitting the following information:

  • 1-Entity name and an alternate name
  • 2-Tax responsible party (name and address)
  • 3-Description of business activity


Step 4- Once your application and docketing statement have been completed, a filing fee must then be attached in the amount of $250 (payable by check/money order made out to the Department of State). Foreign entities must also include a certificate of good standing from the initial state/country of formation. Gather all articles and forward them to the address below.

Pennsylvania Department of State

Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

P.O. Box 8722 – Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722


Renewal – Like in most states, Pennsylvania requires the majority of its entities to file an annual report with the Department of State to update their registration details. By downloading and completing the PDF file associated with your entity type, you will be able to satisfy all the requirements necessary to renew. Currently there is no state law requiring standard foreign LLCs to file, however, all professional service companies must renew and provide $520 per member. This application can be acquired in the heading of this paragraph and must be mailed to the address below once completed.

Pennsylvania Department of State

Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

P.O. Box 8722 – Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722