How to Form an LLC in New Jersey

by Joseph Nicholson
Most New Jersey registration forms can be submitted online.

Most New Jersey registration forms can be submitted online.

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In New Jersey, registration of new businesses is handled by the Division of Revenue of the state Department of Treasury. This state agency provides online tools and forms to simplify the registration process, and accepts electronic or paper submissions. As in most states, the process of forming a new LLC, or limited liability company, involves finding and registering an available name; however, unlike in most other states, New Jersey requires a business registration application instead of the Articles of Organization document.

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Step 1

Check the availability of your business name by using the online New Jersey State Business Gateway Service. You must enter precisely the name you want to check, because differences in punctuation, spacing or spelling will affect your results. Though optional, you can reserve a name for 120 days by completing and mailing a reservation form (see Resources) to NJ Division of Revenue, Corporate Filing, P.O. Box 308, Trenton, NJ 08646, or faxing it to 609-984-6851.

Step 2

Complete and file a formation/authorization certificate, available online as part of the complete registration packet (see Resources). The form must be signed by an authorized representative of the company. Submit this form, along with the $125 filing fee -- price current as of December 2010 -- by mail or electronically through the Online Services system.

Step 3

Register for tax and employer purposes within 60 days of submitting your formation/authorization certificate. These forms are also available as part of the complete registration packet (see Resources). If you have employees, obtain a federal EIN, or Employer Identification Number, to comply with IRS rules and for New Jersey tax purposes.