What is foreign qualification?

In the United States, corporations are incorporated at the state level, so you must choose one state at the time of incorporation. Gust Launch companies are all incorporated in the State of Delaware, which means they are registered to do business in Delaware. When your business establishes certain contacts or presence (through the establishment of an office, employees in the state, or other factors) in other states, those states require you to register to operate within them as well.

Instead of incorporating a separate company in every state where you do business, there is a simpler method known as "foreign qualification" or "qualifying as a foreign corporation" (“foreign” in this case doesn’t mean that you are in another country; it just means that you are incorporated in another state.) Based on individual state law, you will most likely have to register with the state in which you want to do business before you can legally conduct business there. 

For example, if you incorporate as a Delaware C-Corporation through Gust Launch, then you are registered (or qualified) as a domestic corporation in Delaware. If you wanted to conduct business in New York, you would need to register as a foreign corporation in New York. In this example, Delaware is your company’s domestic state of qualification and New York is your company’s foreign state of qualification, even if your company is actually located in New York and not Delaware. Gust handles the process of obtaining Foreign Qualification for you (which in some states is known as an “Application for Authority”.)