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February 24, 2015
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Secretary McCulloch Passes Legislation to Streamline Out-of-State Business Filings

HELENA, MT – The Secretary of State’s Office recently passed legislation that would make filing an out-of-state business in Montana more efficient as well as cost and time effective.

Senate Bill 35 which was signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock on February 16th would eliminate the need for out-of-state businesses to provide a certificate of existence when filing with the Montana Secretary of State’s office.  

“Before this legislation, businesses would have to go through an often time consuming process to obtain a certificate of good standing from the their state of origin,” Secretary McCulloch said. “ With updated technology we can streamline our process and obtain the needed information almost instantaneously, saving business owners valuable time and money.”

The bill which was by the request of Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and sponsored by Senator Tom Facey (D, Missoula) eliminates the requirement for business owners who prior to this legislation, would have to go through the process of requesting and receiving the appropriate certificate from their home state before they could conduct business in Montana, the bill now bypasses this requirement with a simple online search. The new legislation will also reduce costs with postage, filing times and potential rejections.

“I’m so pleased that along with Senator Facey we were able to pass this legislation,” Secretary McCulloch said. “This is a great way to meet the needs of our ever changing business community.”

The Secretary of State recently launched the Online Business Toolkit which walks businesses step-by-step through the filing process. Businesses looking to register in the state of Montana can visit sos.mt.gov to access the Online Business Toolkit.