Cost to Form an LLC in New Jersey

The cost to start a New Jersey limited liability company (LLC) is $125. This fee is paid to the New Jersey Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services when filing the LLC’s Certificate of Formation.

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in New Jersey?

New Jersey LLC Online Filing Fee: $125

The main cost of forming an LLC is the $125 fee to file your LLC's Certificate of Formation online with the New Jersey Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services.

New Jersey Annual Report Fee: $75

New Jersey requires LLCs to file an annual report with the Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services.

You can submit this form through the New Jersey Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services website. It is due by the end of the month in which the LLC was formed.

Registered Agent Fee

In New Jersey you can be your own registered agent, but using a registered agent service helps keep your company in compliance and reminds you of important filing deadlines and avoid late fees.

Registered agent fees start at $39 for the first year. We recommend using:

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Read our guide to learn more about New Hampshire Registered Agents. You can also read our full guide on the best registered agent services.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in New Jersey

If you already have an LLC that is registered in another state and you’d like to expand your business into New Jersey, you’ll need to register your LLC as a foreign LLC in New Jersey.

The cost for registering a New Jersey foreign LLC is $125. You can register a foreign LLC in New Jersey by filing a Certificate of Authorization.

Business Permits and Licenses

Depending on your industry and geographical location, your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in New Jersey. This is true whether you form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing with our guide to getting a New Jersey business license.

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

LLC Name Reservation:
Reserve your name for up to 120 days prior to LLC formation by filing Form UNRR-1 and paying the $50 filing fee.


“Doing Business As” (DBA) Name:
File the Registration of Alternate Name (Form C-150G) and pay the $50 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.


Certified Document Copies:
Obtain certified copies of your New Jersey business documents by ordering through the Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services and paying $50 plus $0.10 for each page.


Certificate of Standing:
Also known as a New Jersey certificate of good standing, you can obtain this document by ordering through the Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services and paying the $50 fee. A certificate of standing is often required by banks and lending institutions.

How to Register a New Jersey LLC Yourself

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Recommended: If you already have a business that is running as a sole proprietorship, visit our How to Change from a Sole Proprietorship to LLC page.

Six Basic Steps to Start an LLC in New Jersey

Step 1: Name Your New Jersey LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File a Certificate of Formation
Step 4: Register Your Business
Step 5: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 6: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your New Jersey LLC

When you name your New Jersey LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of New Jersey
  2. Meets New Jersey naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

Recommended: Visit our Start an LLC in New Jersey guide for detailed naming rules and instructions for registering a business name in New Jersey.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our How to Name a Business guide and free LLC Name Generator.

We recommend that you check online to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to create a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent

All LLCs in New Jersey must appoint a registered agent. A registered agent primarily acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state. But most importantly, they are responsible for accepting service of process in the event your business is sued.

Your New Jersey registered agent must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in New Jersey
  • Be available during normal business hours to accept service of process
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Step 3: File the Certificate of Formation

The New Jersey Certificate of Formation is a document that is filed with the New Jersey Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services to form an LLC. The fee for filing a Certificate of Formation is $125 online.

For detailed instructions for completing the Certificate of Formation, visit our How to File the New Jersey Certificate of Formation guide.

File a New Jersey Certificate of Formation

OPTION 1: File Online With the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

File Online

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OPTION 2: File the Public Records Filing for new Business Entity by Mail

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State Filing Cost: $125, payable to the Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services

Mailing Address:
New Jersey Division of Revenue
P.O. Box 252
Trenton, NJ 08646

Office Address:
New Jersey Division of Revenue
33 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Step 4: Register Your Business

All LLCs in New Jersey are required to register with the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services for business entity and tax filings within 60 days of LLC formation.

This will ensure your business receives a New Jersey tax identification number, allowing you to receive all proper returns and notices. You can do this either online or by mail.

Step 5: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement isn't required for New Jersey LLCs, but it's a good practice to have one.

What is an operating agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC.

Why are operating agreements important? A comprehensive operating agreement ensures that all business owners are on the same page and reduces the risk of future conflict.

For more information on operating agreements, read our New Jersey LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 6: Get an EIN

What is an EIN? An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to identify a business for tax reporting purposes. An EIN is essentially a Social Security number (SSN) for your company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN number is required for the following:

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Free EIN: You can get an EIN from the IRS website (free of charge) after forming your business.

New Jersey LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for a New Jersey LLC every year?

Yes, New Jersey LLCs must pay a $75 annual report fee every year. Visit our New Jersey LLC annual report guide for more information.

Is an LLC really necessary?

An LLC provides limited liability protection. This means an LLC protects your personal assets in the event of a business loss, such as a lawsuit or unpaid debt.

We recommend any small business that carries even the smallest amount of risk or liability to form an LLC. Learn more in our Should I Start an LLC guide.

What is the cheapest way to get an LLC?

You can save money on getting an LLC by completing the formation process yourself, making your own operating agreement, being your own registered agent, and getting your own EIN.

Check out our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC guide to learn more.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?

You can pay yourself a salary from your LLC, but it would be called a draw or distribution if your LLC is taxed in the default way by the IRS.

Visit our How to Pay Yourself from an LLC guide to learn more.

Is an S corp better than an LLC?

An S corporation (S corp) is an IRS tax status, not a type of business entity. An LLC can be taxed in the default way or as an S corp. For some businesses, being taxed as an S corp can make lots of sense.

Check out our LLC vs. S corp guide to find out if S corp status is right for your business.

What’s better: sole proprietorship or LLC?

A sole proprietorship is only good for businesses that carry very low risk of liability because sole proprietorships don’t offer any liability protection.

Learn more in our sole proprietorship vs. LLC guide.

More New Jersey Small Business Resources

Article Sources

IRS - Employer ID Numbers:
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/employer-id-numbers


New Jersey Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services:

https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/


SBA - Apply for licenses and permits:

https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/launch-your-business/apply-licenses-and-permits


Chamber of Commerce - New Jersey Chamber of Commerce List:

http://www.officialusa.com/stateguides/chambers/New Jersey.html