This webpage has been designed to summarize the corporation registration process administered by the Tennessee Secretary of State. Within the below tutorial, we have provided links for both the foreign and domestic filing guides and we encourage you to click on the one that pertains to your locale in order to get all the information necessary as you prepare to register. You will most likely find that the process is both quick and simple and should take only a few minutes of your time. When the online registration has been completed, a filing fee will need to be supplied in the amount of $100 for domestic entities and $600 for foreign entities. This fee can be paid by credit/debit card or check/money order depending on the method of delivery to the Secretary of State.

How to File

Step 1- It is absolutely imperative that those filing a business in Tennessee do so with a name that is completely unique to their entity. To ensure that your name is indeed available for use, it is recommended that you perform a Business Entity Search prior to registration. The option to reserve your corporate name is also available and this filing will allow you to retain the rights to it for a period of 4 months. The price of a name reservation in Tennessee is set at $20.

Step 2- Below we have featured a detailed walk-through of the registration process for both foreign and domestic entity types. Click on the link that pertains to your business type and follow the instructions to complete your specific filing process.

Step 3- When you’ve completed all the steps of the online portal, you will be able to pay the filing fee and submit the documents to the Secretary of State. Domestic entities will have the option of the online submission of the filing fee and forms while foreign corporations must file their completed PDF through the mail to the state offices. Foreign applicants will also want to supply a certificate of good standing or like document that has been issued within 60 days of their Tennessee registration. When all items have been consolidated, the filing can be sent through the mail to the below address.

Secretary of State – Business Services Division

 312 Rosa L. Parks AVE, 6th FL. Nashville

TN 37243

Tips

EIN – If you are registering as a domestic entity thus forming new corporation, it will be necessary for you to acquire an Employer Identification Number in order to be legally permitted to transact business. This number is used by the IRS to keep track of all tax withholding business entities in the United States. Once obtained, your corporation will be able to apply for financing, hire employees, open corporate bank accounts and otherwise perform all varieties of financial transaction. A complete tutorial of the application process, both Online and through the use of the PDF form SS-4, can be found linked in the heading of this paragraph.

Corporate Bylaw– This section is most likely pertinent exclusively to domestic corporations as any well organized, pre-existing entity will have already drafted corporate bylaw. This document is used to relay the various rules and regulations of a corporation to ensure that there is no confusion whatsoever in the manner in which the entity is to be organized. The agreement is not a legally required document though we always recommend that one be drafted as it will usually serve as the only definitive proof of the manner in which the entity will be managed on a day to day basis. Click on the heading of this paragraph to access our free template, designed to assist you in drafting an agreement of your own as easily as possible.

Renewal– Like in many states, Tennessee demands that most business entities update the Secretary of State of any major structural changes that have occurred over the course of each calendar year. This update should come in the form of an annual report. The document can be completed through the online portal and will essentially involve supplying the same information used when filing for registration with the state. All reports are to be submitted on or before the first day of the fourth month following the company’s fiscal year closing; the failure to do so often resulting in administrative dissolution. The filing fee is $20 for all corporations which can be paid online by credit card or by check if submitting the form in the mail to the state offices (address below).

Secretary of State – Business Services Division

 312 Rosa L. Parks AVE, 6th FL. Nashville

TN 37243

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