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Business Toolkit

The Business Toolkit provides a variety of resources to help you easily complete business actions with the Secretary of State’s Office. The step-by-step tools aim to answer your questions and reduce the time spent on each filing, so you can focus your energy on achieving your business goals.


Effective April 25th, 2014 - Business Services Documents resubmitted for processing will be assessed a reprocessing fee at 50% of the initial filing fee. The reprocessing fee will help offset operation costs associated with processing the document.



Domestic” entities generally are organized under Montana law.
Foreign” entities generally are organized out-of-state, or in a foreign country.

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Business Names
Requiring Prior Approval

Business may not be transacted under a name or title that contains the words "bank", "banker", "banking", "savings bank", "saving", "trust company", or "investment company"  unless prior approval (consent) has been obtained from the Montana Department of Administration, Banking and Financial Institutions Division.

Business may not be transacted under a name or title that contains the word "insurance company", "captive insurance company", "incorporated cell", or "protected cell" unless prior approval (consent) has been obtained from the Montana State Auditor’s Office, Department of Insurance.

For more information on laws related to Montana businesses go to the
Montana Code Annotated
.

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ASSUMED BUSINESS NAMES

Filing Fee

1A

Application for Registration

$20.00

1B

Application for Renewal

$20.00

2

Amendment to Registration of Assumed Business Name
$20.00

3

Cancellation of Assumed Business Name
No Fee
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LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS

Filing Fee
Domestic Limited Partnerships
4
Certificate of Domestic Limited Partnership
$20.00
5
Certificate of Amendment for Domestic Limited Partnership
$15.00
6
Application for Renewal of Registration of Domestic Limited Partnership
$15.00
7
Application for Reinstatement of Domestic Limited Partnership
$15.00
8
Cancellation of Domestic Limited Partnership
$15.00
9
Principal Office Address Change
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee
Foreign Limited Partnerships

10

Application for Registration of Foreign Limited Partnership

$20.00

11

Application for Renewal of Registration of Foreign Limited Partnership

$15.00

12

Certificate of Amendment for Foreign Limited Partnership

$15.00

13

Principal Office Address Change
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee
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LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIPS

Filing Fee

14A

Registration of Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
$20.00

14B

Renewal of Domestic Limited Liability Partnership

$20.00

15

Amendment to Registration of Domestic or Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
$20.00

16

Cancellation of Limited Liability Partnership
No Fee

17A

Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
$20.00

17B

Renewal of Foreign Limited Liability Partnership

$20.00

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LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES

Filing Fee
Domestic Limited Liability Companies

18

File Online: Annual Report Form

OR

Download Pre-filled Paper Form: Annual Report Form *
* To deter the high rejection rate of ‘generic’ paper annual reports we now have available ‘prefilled’ annual report forms.

Annual Report Fees:
On or before April 15 $15.00
After April 15 $30.00

19A

Articles of Organization for Domestic Limited Liability Company
$70.00

20A

Articles of Amendment for Domestic Limited Liability Company
$15.00

21A

Articles of Termination for Domestic Limited Liability Company
$15.00

22A

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Domestic Limited Liability Company
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically
$35.00

23A

Principal Office Address Change
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee

24

Department of Revenue Certificate Request
Print off paper application
Or apply electronically
No Fee
Domestic Limited Liability Companies Series

19B

Articles of Organization for Domestic Limited Liability Company Series

$70.00

20B

Articles of Amendment for Domestic Limited Liability Company Series
$15.00

21B

Articles of Termination for Domestic Limited Liability Company Series
$15.00

22B

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Domestic Limited Liability Company Series
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically
$35.00

23B

Principal Office Address Change Series
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee
Foreign Limited Liability Companies

25A

Application for Certificate of Authority of Foreign Limited Liability Company

$70.00

26A

Application for Registration of Name of Foreign Limited Liability Company
$10.00

27A

Application for Renewal of Corporate Name Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company
$10.00

28A

Application for Amended Certificate of Authority of Foreign Limited Liability Company
$15.00

29A

Application for Certificate of Withdrawal of Foreign Limited Liability Company
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically
$15.00

30A

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Foreign Limited Liability Company
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically
$15.00

31A

Principal Office Address Change
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee

32

Department of Revenue Certificate Request
Print off paper application
Or apply electronically
No Fee
Foreign Limited Liability Companies Series

25B

Application for Certificate of Authority of Foreign Limited Liability Company Series

$70.00

26B

Application for Registration of Name of Foreign Limited Liability Company Series
$10.00

27B

Application for Renewal of Corporate Name Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company Series
$10.00

28B

Application for Amended Certificate of Authority of Foreign Limited Liability Company Series
$15.00

29B

Application for Certificate of Withdrawal of Foreign Limited Liability Company Series
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically
$15.00

30B

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Foreign Limited Liability Company Series
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically
$15.00

31B

Principal Office Address Change Series
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee
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PROFIT CORPORATIONS

Filing Fee
Domestic Profit Corporation

33

File Online: Annual Report Form

OR

Download Pre-filled Paper Form: Annual Report Form *
* To deter the high rejection rate of ‘generic’ paper annual reports we now have available ‘prefilled’ annual report forms.

Annual Report Fees:
On or before April 15 $15.00
After April 15 $30.00

34

Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Profit Corporation
$70.00

35

Articles of Amendment for Domestic Profit Corporation
$15.00

36

Articles of Dissolution for Domestic Profit Corporation
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically
$15.00

37

Articles of Formation for Domestic Business Trust
$70.00

38

Articles of Dissolution for Profit Corporation that has Not Issued Shares or has not Commenced Business
$15.00

39

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Domestic Profit Corporation
Reviver $15.00
Reinstatement $30.00

This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically

40

Principal Office Address Change for a Domestic Corporation
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee

42

Department of Revenue Certificate Request
Print off paper application
Or apply electronically
No Fee
Foreign Profit Corporation

43

File Online: Annual Report Form

OR

Download Pre-filled Paper Form: Annual Report Form *
* To deter the high rejection rate of ‘generic’ paper annual reports we now have available ‘prefilled’ annual report forms.

Annual Report Fees:
On or before April 15 $15.00
After April 15 $30.00

44

Application for Certificate of Authority of Foreign Profit Corporation
$70.00

45

Application for Amended Certificate of Authority of Foreign Profit Corporation
$15.00

46

Application for Certificate of Withdrawal of Foreign Profit Corporation
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically

$15.00

47

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Foreign Profit Corporation

Reviver $15.00
Reinstatement $30.00

This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically

48

Application for Certificate of Foreign Business Trust
$70.00

49

Application for Registration of Corporate Name of Foreign Profit Corporation
$10.00

50

Application for Renewal of Corporate Name Registration for Foreign Profit Corporation

$10.00

51

Principal Office Address Change
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee

52

Department of Revenue Certificate Request
Print off paper application
Or apply electronically
No Fee
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NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS

If you intend to apply for IRS federal tax exemption as a charitable organization, your articles of incorporation must contain a required purpose clause and a dissolution of assets provision. Valuable information on 501(c)(3) qualification is on the IRS website www.irs.gov. It includes sample articles of incorporation. Click the “Charities and Nonprofits” link and then the Life Cycle of a Public Charity link.

Filing Fee
Domestic Nonprofit Corporations

53

File Online: Annual Report Form

OR


Download Pre-filled Paper Form: Annual Report Form *
* To deter the high rejection rate of ‘generic’ paper annual reports we now have available ‘prefilled’ annual report forms.

Annual Report Fees:
On or before April 15 $15.00
After April 15 $30.00

54

Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Nonprofit Corporation $20.00

55

Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Nonprofit Religious Corporation Sole
$20.00

56

Articles of Amendment for Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

$15.00

57

Articles of Dissolution for Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

$15.00
 

Notice of Dissolution of a Nonprofit Corporation
Notice of Dissolution of a Nonprofit Corporation does not need to be filed if the entity is organized as a mutual benefit corportation. [This link will take you to the Montana Department of Justice for this form.]

 

58

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Domestic Nonprofit Corporation
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically

$10.00

59

Principal Office Address Change for a Domestic Corporation
* If this filing also affects the Registered Agent’s address, you will also need to file the Statement of Change.
No Fee

61

Language required for 501(c)(3) Status from IRS. [Word]

No Fee

62

Department of Revenue Certificate Request
Print off paper application
Or apply electronically
No Fee

Foreign Nonprofit Corporations

63

File Online: Annual Report Form

OR

Download Pre-filled Paper Form: Annual Report Form *
* To deter the high rejection rate of ‘generic’ paper annual reports we now have available ‘prefilled’ annual report forms.

Annual Report Fees:
On or before April 15 $15.00
After April 15 $30.00

64

Application for Certificate of Authority of Foreign Nonprofit Corporation

$20.00

65

Application for Amended Certificate of Authority of Foreign Nonprofit Corporation

$15.00

66

Application for Certificate of Withdrawal of Foreign Nonprofit Corporation

$15.00

67

Application for Registration of Corporate Name of Foreign Nonprofit Corporation

$10.00

68

Application for Renewal of Registration of Foreign Nonprofit Corporation

$10.00

69

Application for Certificate of Authority of Foreign Religious Corporation Sole

$20.00

70

Application for Reinstatement or Reviver of Foreign Nonprofit Corporation
This filing may require a Title 15 Tax Certificate.
Print off paper application form
Or apply electronically

$10.00

72

Department of Revenue Certificate Request
Print off paper application
Or apply electronically

No Fee

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TRADEMARKS

Filing Fee

73

Application for Registration of Trademark

$20.00

74

Application for Renewal of Trademark

$20.00

75

Applicant Name Change or Assignment of Applicant of Mark

$20.00

76

List of General Classes of Goods and Services for Trademark

No Fee

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BOND

Filing Fee

78

Geophysical Exploration Bond

$15.00

78A

Geophysical Exploration Cashier's Check  

78B

Geophysical Exploration Certificate of Deposit  

BUSINESS NAME RESERVATION

Filing Fee

79

Reservation of Business Name

$10.00

REGISTERED AGENTS

Filing Fee

80A

Statement of Change
No Fee

80B

Statement of Change Series
No Fee

81

Resignation of Registered Agent
No Fee

82

Appointment of Commercial Registered Agent
$150.00

83

Statement of Change for Commercial Registered Agent
No Fee

84

Termination of Commercial Registered Agent
No Fee

FOREIGN ENTITY

Filing Fee

85

Non-Qualified Foreign Entity

$70.00