If the secretary of state finds that an application for a certificate of authority conforms to law and all fees have been paid, the secretary shall:
(1) endorse on the application the word "Filed" and the date of the filing of it;
(2) file the original of the application; and
(3) return the original of the application to the person who filed it with a certificate of authority issued by the secretary of state.
A certificate of authority issued under this section is effective from the date the application is filed with the secretary of state accompanied by the payment of the requisite fees.