of Business Name & Its Registration
The First step towards starting
a business involved deciding a trade name for your business.
following are possible scenarios:
- If you intend to do business under
your own name, then no trade name registration is
required. Registration is only considered advisable.
If you intend to start a
Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership,
then you must contact the
County Clerk's Office
of the county in which the business will be located for
registering a business
name. This registration at the county level is compulsory.
Additionally, if you are interested in
reserving the business name for the entire state of New
Jersey, then you must contact the Division
of Commercial Recording, NJ Department of Treasury, PO Box
308, 225 West State St., Trenton,
NJ 08625-0308. Their phone number is 609-530-6400 or 609-292-9292.
- If your business is going to be an Incorporation,
a Limited Liability Corporation, or a Limited
Partnership, then for registration, contact the Division
of Commercial Recording, NJ Department
of Treasury, PO Box 308, 225 West State St., Trenton, NJ
08625-0308. Their phone number is
609-530-6400 or 609-292-9292
of the Business
After the business name
decision and its registration are complete, you are required
to register your actual business with the State of New Jersey.
This registration pertains to tax purpose. The following are
Whether you intend to run
a business under your own name, as a Sole Proprietorship,
or as a
General Partnership, you are required to register with
the NJ Division of Revenue at least 15 days
prior to the business opening. To register and acquire tax
information, contact Taxpayer Registrations,
NJ Division of Revenue, PO Box 252, Trenton NJ 08625-0252.
Their phone number is 609-292-6400.
You can also call toll free 800-323-4400. You will be doing
your business taxes under your social
security number in this situation.
- If you are an Incorporation, Limited
Liability Corporation, or Limited Partnership,
then in addition
to registering with the State of New Jersey, you are also
required to file federal tax forms. For obtaining federal
business tax information, contact the Internal Revenue Service
Office in your area or call
toll-free 800-829-1040. To request forms only, call 800-829-3676.
You will be doing your business
taxes under a federal tax ID number in this situation.
You may now register your business for taxes and employer contributions
for unemployment and disability, online, without having to file
paper registration forms via the New Jersey Division of Revenue
On-line Business Registration Service.
All businesses must pay taxes.
When you register your business, the state of New Jersey will
pertinent forms and information necessary for compliance with
the New Jersey tax laws. It is important to include either a
social security number or a Federal Employer Identification
Number (FEIN) on all returns, checks, and other correspondence
sent to the State of New Jersey.
IV. Permits & Other
Regardless of what type of business
you are (Sole Proprietorship/General Partnership/Incorporation)
need to contact the Clerks of the municipality and county in
which the business is located to determine if
there are any local regulations to which the business must adhere.
Also check whether any Permits are
required for your operation.
V. Business Licenses and
Depending on the nature of your
business, the State of New Jersey requires that you either obtain
License and/or Certification. The New
Jersey Online License & Certification Query is available
lists various types of businesses and their requirements. You
can also call the NJ
Commerce & Economic Growth Commission at 609-777-2642
or toll free 800-533-0186 to obtain License/Certification information.
VI. Employee Related Issues
If you have at least one employee,
you are required to address the issue of employer insurance.
This relates to the following instances:
If you have at least one employee, registration is required
with the Division
of Employer Accounts, NJ Department of Labor, PO Box 913,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0390. Their phone numbers are North
(Newark) 973-648-4109, Central (New Brunswick) 732-418-3764,
regarding Workers' Compensation accidents may be obtained
by contacting the Division of Workers Compensation, NJ
Department of Labor, PO Box 381, Trenton, NJ 08625-0381.
Their Phone number is 609-292-2516. For coverage information,
contact your Insurance Provider, or the Compensation Rating
and Inspection Bureau at 60 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102.
Their phone number is 973-622-6014.
Additional Requirements for out-of-State
If you are not located in the
State of New Jersey but intend to start your business here,
there are some additional requirements that you need to
- Corporations and Limited Partnerships:
It is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Authority to
do business in New Jersey from the Division of Commercial
Recording, NJ Department of Treasury.
You can contact them at PO Box 308, 225 W. State St., Trenton,
NJ 08625-0308. Their phone number
is 609-530-6400 or 609-292-9292.
- General Partnerships and Sole Proprietorships:
It is necessary to obtain a Trade name Certificate
to Operatefrom the County Clerk in each county where business
will be conducted. c. Out-of-State
Payroll Record keeping: A permit must be acquired from the
Division of Workplace Standards, Office
of Wage and Hour Compliance, NJ Department of Labor. Their
phone number is 609-292-7860.
For More Literature or
Source: NJ Commerce
& Economic Growth Commission Literature & Procedures