Foreign LLC vs Domestic LLC
Domestic LLCs and Foreign LLCs - what's the difference?
The state in which you first establish your LLC and begin doing business is considered a "domestic LLC" in that state and a "foreign LLC" in all other states. If, for example, you form a Texas LLC it would be considered a domestic LLC in Texas and a foreign LLC in all other states.
We sometimes refer to a foreign LLC as an out-of-state LLC. The requirement that you register an LLC as a foreign LLC (outside of its home/formation state) ensures that the business will fulfill regulatory and tax obligations in every state in which they do business.
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Zachary Copp, Esq.
Mr. Copp is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the founder of the Copp Law Firm. He has been licensed in Texas for 19 years and has personally formed over 3,000 Texas LLCs since 2015. He was recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers® for seven straight years. See full bio →