Setting up a corporation can be a way to separate your personal assets from the business. To incorporate in New Jersey, you’ll need to register your business with the state by filing a certificate of incorporation. And if you plan on registering the corporation online, you should familiarize yourself with the certificate before you sit down at the computer.
Check that the corporate name you want to use is available. New Jersey will not create a corporation for you if the name you provide is already in use. You can browse all existing business names online at no charge or contact the New Jersey Department of the Treasury at 609-292-9292 to have a representative conduct a name availability search for you – though fees will apply.
Choose the type of corporation you’d like to set up. Access the New Jersey Online Business Entity Filing website and choose from the various types of entities in the drop-down menu. Enter the corporate name and click the “Submit Business Name” button at the bottom of the screen and again on the following screen.
Fill out the certificate of incorporation. Answer all required questions, such as the business purpose for your corporation, the name and address of a registered agent who can accept legal service of process for the corporation, the names and addresses for a member of the board of directors and the incorporators, and the principal address of your business. Click “submit” at the bottom of the page.
Sign the certificate of incorporation. After confirming that the information you entered is correct, the system will prompt you to provide an electronic signature. Check the box where it says “Click here for signatures” and click “Submit.”
Pay the New Jersey incorporation filing fee. Enter the required signatory information, choose the certificates you want and provide your payment information. Click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page. When completed, you will receive confirmation of the filing.
- Depending on the type of business you operate under the corporation, New Jersey may require that you obtain business licenses or certifications. In addition, many local government agencies in New Jersey may require additional permits, such as a construction permit.
- Since all businesses that operate in New Jersey must pay state income tax, the Department of Revenue will send you a number of state tax forms – which may require you to obtain an employer identification number from the Internal Revenue Service
- If you prefer to fill out a paper copy of the certificate of incorporation, you can obtain the form on the New Jersey Department of Treasury website and either mail it to the Division of Revenue/Corporate Filing Unit, P.O. Box 308, Trenton, N.J. 08646-0308 or fax it to 609-984-6851.
- An incorporator is any person or entity who completes the incorporation process on your behalf. If you are pressed for time or confused about the incorporation requirements, you can always hire an online incorporator to complete the entire process for you.
- New Jersey Department of Treasury: Check Business Name Availability
- New Jersey Department of State: Online Business Entity Filing Overview
- New Jersey Department of the Treasury: NJ Complete Business Registration Package
- New Jersey Department of State: Starting a Business Checklist
- IRS: Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online