Doing Business in Kansas (Out-of-State)

Are you a business currently operating in another state with questions about how to expand your business into Kansas? If so, this section is for you. We assist many businesses operating in other states answer questions about requirements to do business in Kansas. Some of our most frequently covered topics about operating a business in Kansas are covered below. For free, personal assistance, call us at 

Note: Are you doing business in Kansas? Find out for sure. Click here for a list of purposes that do not constitute doing business in Kansas (Statute 17-7932).

Registering as a Foreign Corporation in Kansas
The Kansas Secretary of State's Office (785-296-4564) is in charge of registering business entities. If you are doing business in Kansas, you will need to register as a Foreign Corporation. Register as a Foreign Corporation here:

Local Requirements
There is no general business license for the state of Kansas. Each city/county operates a little differently and businesses are required to contact their city or county authority individually and determine what licenses are needed.

The Kansas Department of Revenue is in charge of the state taxes. If you have any questions about the Kansas tax responsibilities for your business, you can contact the KDOR directly at (785) 368-8222 then select: (options 5, then 2).

If you will need to obtain a KS Tax ID, you can apply online here: You can apply online through the Kansas Business Center (2nd paragraph) or you can file the paper application called the CR-16 (3rd paragraph). 

Kansas Employees
The Kansas Department of Labor is in charge of paperwork requirements for new hires of a Kansas-based company.
Phone: (888) 219-7801

Unemployment Division
Phone: (785) 296-4000

Workers’ Compensation Division
Phone: (800) 332-0353

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US Sourcelink

US SourceLinkIf you are doing business in other states, US Sourcelink is a resource that can help. NetWork Kansas has sister organizations that have created networks of business resources in other states and cities that can assist you as you startup, grow, or transition your business.

Click here to find a hub for business-building resources in your area:

Business Recruitment and Relocation (Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce)

kdoc_logo"You're looking for a great place to locate your business. A place where you can get the financial and technical resources you need. A place with a skilled workforce, national rankings as a pro-business and competitive state and access to trade corridors that keep you connected with the world. A place with an entrepreneurial spirit and leaders who know business. Well, it's all here in Kansas. Come take a look. We think you'll like what you see!"


Contact Barbara Hake (913-345-8347) for more information.