Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact for help with my filing?

What browsers are supported? How can I update my browser?

What information is available on the Short Form Standing Certificate?

What information is available on the Long Form Standing Certificate with Filing History?

What information is available on the Long Form Standing Certificate with Officers?

What information is available on the Business Entity Status Report?

What is the service fee?

What is an Electronic Check?

How can I validate a certificate that I received?

How much does it cost to file an Annual Report?

How much does it cost to file a Reinstatement?

What does it cost to end my business?

What is the application for Tax Clearance?

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding my application for Tax Clearance?

What does it cost to file the application for Tax Clearance?

What is the application for Reinstatement of Corporate Charter?

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding my application for Reinstatement of Corporate Charter?

What does it cost to change my registered agent?

Do I have to fill out the section for Worker’s Compensation?

Where can I locate the information on my Worker’s Compensation policy?

How can I obtain a print-out of what I have paid for annual reports over the years?

My business has been dissolved but I received a notice regarding filing an annual report. Do I have to file as my business is dissolved?

I am trying to end my New Jersey Limited Liability Company (LLC). Which ending selection should I choose, Dissolve or Dissolve and Terminate?

What do I do if my business name is no longer available when attempting to reinstate?

How can I go back to a section of my application and make changes?

I need to file a change to my business/amend articles of my certificate, how do I do that?

When will I receive my documents? Will I receive my documents by mail?

I forgot to download my documents, can I still retrieve them?

What happens if I don’t finish my application and close my browser?

What if my PC crashes while I’m working on my application?

How long can I leave my browser open with no activity without losing my application?

What are Annual Report Filing Reminders?

I have received a notice in the mail regarding filing my business's annual report. What should I do?




Who can I contact for help with my filing?  top

  • If you are having technical difficulty with your application, contact the New Jersey e-Government Services Help Desk.
    Phone: 609-586-2600
  • If you have questions regarding filing your Annual Report, Reinstatement, Ending, or Change of Registered agent, contact the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services.
    Phone: 609-292-9292
  • If you have questions regarding filing your application for Tax Clearance or your application for Reinstatement of Corporate Charter, contact the NJ Division of Taxation.
    Phone: 609-292-6400

What browsers are supported? How can I update my browser?  top

The following browsers are supported for the Online Business Registration Application. Links with instructions on how to update your browser to the newest version are listed in the table below:
Browser Supported Version How to Update
Internet Explorer 9 & up http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/which-version-am-i-using#ie=other
Google Chrome 36 & up https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95414?hl=en
Mozilla Firefox 31 & up https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/update-firefox-latest-version
Safari 7 & up https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204416

What information is available on the Short Form Standing Certificate?  top

A sample Short Form Standing Certificate for a business entity is reproduced here.

What information is available on the Long Form Standing Certificate with Filing History?  top

A sample Long Form Standing Certificate with Filing History for a business entity is reproduced here.

What information is available on the Long Form Standing Certificate with Officers?  top

A sample Long Form Standing Certificate with Officers for a business entity is reproduced here.

What information is available on the Business Entity Status Report?  top

A sample Status Report for a business entity is reproduced here.

What is the service fee?  top

The New Jersey Information Division of NICUSA, Inc. (NICUSA-NJ), an electronic government partner with the State, will process your payment through an upgraded and secure payment gateway. NICUSA-NJ will remit to the State of New Jersey all payments and amounts owed to the State.

The online charge processed through NICUSA-NJ includes funds in excess of payments owed. NICUSA-NJ uses the excess funds solely to develop, run, maintain, enhance and expand the State’s electronic service offerings. NICUSA-NJ does not share any excess funds with the State of New Jersey.

What is an Electronic Check?  top

"Electronic check" is the term for using a checking account to make payments on the Internet. A customer will be asked to enter appropriate checking account information to validate the account. The account used must have sufficient funds to cover the transaction cost.

How can I validate a certificate that I received?  top

You may validate certificates by using Validate Certificate.

The following Certificates may be validated: Annual Report Certificate, Change of Registered Agent Certificate, Reinstatement Certificate, Pending Reinstatement Certificate, all Dissolution and Withdrawal Certificates, and the three types of Standing Certificates

How much does it cost to file an Annual Report?  top

Business Type Annual Report Fees Credit Card Fees E-Check Fees
For-profit Corporation

All Outstanding Annual Reports

Current Annual Report -- $75.00

$3.00

$0.50

Non-profit Corporation

All Outstanding Annual Reports

Current Annual Report -- $30.00

$3.00

$0.50

Limited Partnership

All Outstanding Annual Reports

Current Annual Report -- $75.00

$3.00

$0.50

Limited Liability Partnership

All Outstanding Annual Reports

Current Annual Report -- $75.00

$3.00

$0.50

Limited Liability Company

All Outstanding Annual Reports

Current Annual Report -- $75.00

$3.00

$0.50

How much does it cost to file a Reinstatement?  top

Business Type Annual Report and Reinstatement Fees Credit Card Fees E-Check Fees
For-profit Corporation

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$95 for reinstatement if revoked

Foreign corporations will be required to pay a separate $25.00 fee for the tax clearance certificate directly to the Division of Taxation.

$25.00 Change of registered Agent/Office (if applicable)

$3.00

$0.50

Non-profit Corporation

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$150.00 for domestic; $200.00 for foreign

$25.00 Change of registered Agent/Office (if applicable)

$3.00

$0.50

Limited Partnership

$75.00 for reinstatement filing

$25.00 Change of registered Agent/Office (if applicable)

$3.00

$0.50

Limited Liability Partnership

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$75.00 for reinstatement filing

$25.00 Change of registered Agent/Office (if applicable)

$3.00

$0.50

Limited Liability Company

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$75.00 for reinstatement filing

$25.00 Change of registered Agent/Office (if applicable)

$3.00

$0.50

What does it cost to end my business?  top

Business Type Annual Report and Ending Fee Credit Card Fees E-Check Fees
For Profit Corporations

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$95

$3.00

$1.00

Non Profit Corporations

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$75

$3.00

$1.00

Limited Liability Companies

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$125

$3.00

$1.00

Limited Partnerships

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$75

$3.00

$1.00

Limited Liability Partnerships

All Outstanding Annual Reports

$100

$3.00

$1.00

If a NJ For-profit or Non-profit corporation elects to dissolve before commencing business or to dissolve without assets, there is no charge for the dissolution.

What is the application for Tax Clearance?  top

Tax clearance is required for all for-profit corporations to end their business in the State of New Jersey, and for foreign profit corporations to reinstate their business in the State of New Jersey. The application for Tax clearance will be submitted to the Division of Taxation electronically. Please note that the issuance of the Tax Clearance Certificate is a lengthy process and may take several months.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding my application for Tax Clearance?  top

Please contact the Division of Taxation at 609-292-6400 with any questions regarding tax clearance.

What does it cost to file the application for Tax Clearance?  top

There is a charge for the application for Tax Clearance of $25.00 that is submitted through the application to the Division of Taxation.

What is the application for Reinstatement of Corporate Charter?  top

The Application for Reinstatement of Corporate Charter is filled out by domestic for-profit corporation. The application is submitted electronically for review to the Division of Taxation.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding my application for Reinstatement of Corporate Charter?  top

Please contact the Division of Taxation at 609-292-6400 with any questions regarding your application for Reinstatement of Corporate Charter.

What does it cost to change my registered agent?  top

If you change you registered agent as part of the annual report or reinstatement filing, there is a charge of $25.00 with no additional service fee. If you choose to change your registered agent as a standalone process, there is a $25.00 statutory charge and a service fee of $3.00 for a credit card or $1.00 for an eCheck.

Do I have to fill out the section for Worker’s Compensation?  top

You have to fill out the Worker’s Compensation section, even if you’re not required to carry Worker’s Compensation. If you are not required to carry worker’s compensation, select the ‘No’ option when asked if the company is required to carry Worker’s Comp. For further information on worker’s compensation requirements, go here.

Where can I locate the information on my Worker’s Compensation policy?  top

The information required for the application should be located on the declaration page of your worker’s compensation policy.

How can I obtain a print-out of what I have paid for annual reports over the years?  top

Contact the Division of Revenue and Enterprise services at 609-292-9292 for assistance with your request.

My business has been dissolved but I received a notice regarding filing an annual report. Do I have to file as my business is dissolved?  top

No, if your business is dissolved, you do not have to file an annual report. Please call the Division of Revenue at 609-292-9292 if you have further questions.

I am trying to end my New Jersey Limited Liability Company (LLC). Which ending selection should I choose, Dissolve or Dissolve and Terminate?   top

You should choose Dissolve if your business will not immediately cease operations. Dissolve and Terminate should be chosen if your LLC will no longer be conducting any operations in the State of New Jersey.

What do I do if my business name is no longer available when attempting to reinstate?  top

You will need to select a new name for your business and file a name change amendment (with appropriate fee payment) prior to filing for reinstatement.

Click here to download the form to amend your business name. Once you complete the form, you must submit it to our Business Filing Unit. Delivery/return options are found here. If you require further assistance, please call our Business Services Hotline at 609-292-9292.

How can I go back to a section of my application and make changes?  top

For applications still in progress, you can use the left-hand navigation to jump to different sections. Just click on the section title listed to go to the section and make changes. Note: section title listed in grey are not available until you complete the previous section. You can also use the edit buttons on the Review Page to return to a previous section and make changes.

I need to file a change to my business/amend articles of my certificate, how do I do that?   top

You can file changes to your business online at: http://www.nj.gov/treasury/revenue/amendcerts.shtml

When will I receive my documents? Will I receive my documents by mail?   top

After you have successfully completed the application you will be presented with a confirmation page that provides link(s) to download your document(s).

You will need to download the documents electronically as they will not be sent to you by mail.

I forgot to download my documents, can I still retrieve them?   top

Yes. Your documents are available for 30 days from the purchased date. Upon successful completion of your transaction, users will receive a confirmation email that contains the link to the documents. If you do not have the email, then you may call 609-586-2600 for assistance.

What happens if I don’t finish my application and close my browser?   top

All information will be lost. You will need to start over from the beginning. It is strongly recommended that you complete your application before closing your browser.

What if my PC crashes while I’m working on my application?   top

All information will be lost. You will need to start over from the beginning.

How long can I leave my browser open with no activity without losing my application?  top

For security purposes, after 30 minutes of inactivity all information will be lost.

What are Annual Report Filing Reminders?  top

You can sign up to receive free electronic (text/e-mail) messages to remind you when it’s time to file your Annual Reports. This service is provided by our E-Government vendor, NIC, through its gov2go service.

Gov2go offers a range of government services based on the State and county you enroll in. To learn more about gov2go service, go to http://getgov2go.com/.

I have received a notice in the mail regarding filing my business's annual report. What should I do?  top

There are reputable business services providers that offer filing services for a fee (plus the required State statutory filing fees). However, there may be other businesses that solicit such work for a fee that are not reputable and may not perform the expected services after a customer makes the required payment. Please be aware that you can file your annual report yourself using the State's online filing service here.

If you have any other concerns, please visit the Division's website at https://www.nj.gov/treasury/revenue/privcomreportfillings.shtml.