The offices of the Corporations and Charities Division will be closed from Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 14. Customers are encouraged to submit filings via mail or online. For questions or assistance, please contact (360) 725-0377 or [email protected].

NOTICE: CCFS will be offline 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. every third Tuesday for regular maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

FAQ - Do I need to register my out of state business in Washington State?

My business was formed in another state, do I need to register in Washington State if I am doing business there?

The Washington Secretary of State's office, Corporations and Charities Division does not evaluate or determine if a business qualifies as "doing business" in Washington State. Businesses are encouraged to seek legal advice to answer this question because it involves several topics like business liability, personal liability, business licensing, taxation and others. The Corporations and Charities Division will help you with the appropriate filing once you have made your decision.

Laws that may apply to out of state registration with the Secretary of State's Office can be found here as reference RCW 23.95 Article 5 Foreign Entities.