Filers looking to expand their foreign limited liability company into South Dakota may do so with the help of the tutorial located on this webpage. As there is currently no online method of application available, filers will need to send their documents through the mail to register. The process is quite simple and can be accomplished by doing the following: fill out the Application for Authority in duplicate, attach the proper filing fee amount to the form, and mail both articles to the Secretary of State. The filing fee for foreign LLCs is quite expensive at $750, payable by check made out to the Secretary of State. For those who are unaware, registering a foreign LLC in South Dakota requires the entity to include a certificate of good standing/certificate of existence with their application.

We here at Start a Business recommend that all filers perform a Business Entity Search before applying for registration in any state. This search will allow you to establish whether or not your desired entity is available for use. If you would like to reserve a name prior to registration, this can be done be filing the Name Reservation application with a $25 filing fee. Name reservations in South Dakota guarantee the availability of an entity name for 120 days.

How to File

Step 1- To begin your registration process, download the application located here.

Step 2- Continue by submitting the following information:

Page 1

  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name of LLC
  • State of initial formation
  • Period of duration
  • Address of principal office
  • Registered agent in South Dakota
  • Registered agent’s address in South Dakota
  • CRA # (if applicable)


Page 2

  • Select whether your company is managed by a members, or managers
  • If the company is manager managed, state the name and address of each manager
  • Whether or not one of more of the members are liable for debts and obligations
  • Date, signature, printed name, and title


Step 3- Once completed, this document must be printed in duplicate and mailed to the address located below. Be sure to include a check made out to the Secretary of State which covers the $750 filing fee. All foreign entities will also be required to supply a certificate of good standing/existence with their filing.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501


Renewal – In order for your foreign entity to remain in good standing you must renew each year using the Secretary of State online portal. You will be required to navigate to this website before submitting the business ID needed to gain access to the online forms. A filing fee in the amount of $50 will be required to complete renewal. If you would like assistance on obtaining your business details needed, a quick business entity search will provide you with all necessary information. Renewal applications may also be filed through the mail by accessing this website and downloading the renewal form corresponding to your entity type. Both the annual report and the filing fee must be forwarded to the address below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501