There are three ways to incorporate your business in New Jersey:

  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the Secretary of State office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

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NJ Public Records Filing and Business Registration Application Requirements

The Public Records Filing and Business Registration Application are the formation documents you file with the New Jersey Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In New Jersey, you can file a Public Records Filing and a Business Registration Application by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 28 days to process your filing). If you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business, we are authorized to file online with the state, and we’ll form your LLC or corporation in 1 business day.

To complete your New Jersey Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name shall not contain any word or phrase, or abbreviation or derivative thereof, which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes permitted by its certificate of incorporation. The name shall be distinguishable from the names of other for profit and nonprofit domestic corporations and foreign corporations and from the names of domestic and foreign limited partnerships and from current name reservations or registrations. The name shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivative thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of N.J. The name shall contain the word “corporation”, “company”, “incorporated” or shall contain an abbreviation of one of these words; or shall include the abbreviation Ltd.
Company Purpose List the reason for forming the corporation or the business/activity which the corporation will engage in.
Authorized Shares List the number of shares of corporate stock you are currently authorizing. Technically, this is when you “create” your stock (more can always be authorized later), and that stock will be issued to your shareholders at your first shareholder meeting.
Registered Agent Information In New Jersey, a registered agent (also known as a resident agent) is an individual or business that serves as your company’s official point of contact for lawsuits and legal notices. As part of Active Filings’ incorporation service, we include a year of registered agent service when you hire us to incorporate your business in New Jersey.
Names and Addresses of the Incorporators The incorporator is the person or company authorized to form the corporation. For example, if you hired us, we would list ourselves as the incorporator. The incorporator does not have any stake in or claim to the corporation being formed.

Director Information

Minimum Number One or more
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements Must be 18 years old
Articles of Incorporation Directors are not required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

An increase in shares or par value does not effect initial fees.

Yearly Requirements

Annual Statements

Secretary of State assigns to each corporation a special date for reporting. The corporation must report within 30 days before or after that date to the Secretary of State. A $75 filing fee is due with the report.

Income Tax Rate

7.25% of entire net income.

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When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in New Jersey, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, this includes:

  • Free expedited service
  • One year of registered agent service
  • An online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.

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