New Jersey Business License

You can obtain a New Jersey business license online.

We provide the information and resources you'll need to get federal, state, and local licenses and permits for your small business, including the seller’s permit.

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How to Get a Business License in NJ

You can get a business license online by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.

Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).

There are three main licensing jurisdictions:

  • State
  • Local
  • Federal

State of New JerseyBusiness Licensing

All businesses must register to receive a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate. During this registration process, businesses indicate if they are subject to paying state sales tax. If so, they will need a Certificate of Authority, also called a seller’s permit.

You must obtain a Certificate of Authority if you:

  • Are engaged in business in New Jersey
  • Intend to sell or lease taxable goods or services.

Visit the Department of Treasury to obtain a Business Registration Certificate and a Certificate of Authority.

Additionally, businesses in certain professions need separate licenses as well. The state’s Licensing and Certification Guide provides more information about which professions need special licenses.

Local New Jersey Business Licensing

In New Jersey, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.

For example, the City of Newark doesn’t have a general business license, but it requires a number of different types of businesses to acquire specific licenses.

Contact your local New Jersey county or municipal government office for more information.

Steps for Obtaining a Business License in New Jersey

New Jersey Business Registration Certificate and Certificate of Authority

You can register for a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate and Certificate of Authority online with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services website. You will need your state business ID number you received when forming the company as well as your federal EIN number.

Apply for a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate and Certificate of Authority

Apply Online With the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

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Fee: None

Other New Jersey Business Licenses

The processes for obtaining other New Jersey business licenses vary. Check the state’s Licensing and Certification Guide and contact your local New Jersey county or municipal government office for more information.

Renewal

Your New Jersey Business Registration Certificate and Certificate of Authority do not need to be renewed. For renewal requirements for other licenses you may have, check the state’s Licensing and Certification Guide and contact your local New Jersey county or municipal government office.

Federal Business Licenses and Permits

You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).

If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.

Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:

Agriculture
Alcoholic beverages
Aviation
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Commercial fisheries
Maritime transportation
Mining and drilling
Nuclear energy
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics

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NJ Business License FAQ

What is a business license?

A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.

What are the types of business licenses?

There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.

Is there a national business license?

Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.

Is an EIN the same as a business license?

No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.

Is an LLC considered a business license?

No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.

Who needs a New Jersey business license?

Every business needs a New Jersey business registration certificate, and any business that sells taxable goods or services needs a certificate of authority. Businesses in certain professions or locations may need other licenses.

What licenses do I need to open a business in New Jersey?

You will at least need a business registration certificate. Many businesses need a certificate of authority, and businesses in certain professions or locations may need other licenses.

What is a seller’s permit?

A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services. In New Jersey, this is called a Certificate of Authority.

How much does a New Jersey business license cost?

There is no fee for a New Jersey business registration certificate or a certificate of authority. The cost of other licenses varies.

How do I get a New Jersey business license?

You can register for a New Jersey business registration certificate and certificate of authority online with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services website. The process for obtaining other licenses varies.

Do I have to renew my New Jersey business license?

Your New Jersey business registration certificate and certificate of authority do not need to be renewed. For renewal requirements for other licenses you may have, check the state’s Licensing and Certification Guide and contact your local New Jersey county or municipal government office.

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