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Business Services

To support the creation and operation of a new business in Bergen County, you must file certain documents with the County Clerk’s office. The most common of these documents are described below.

To quickly access online business forms visit our Forms and Links page.

Business Complaint Information ^

To file a complaint against a business contact:

Bergen County Office of Consumer Protection
One Bergen County Plaza, Room 324
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Tel: (201) 336-6400

For information about filing a new business registration: (201) 336-7000 Option #3.

Mail completed documents to: Trade Name Registration
Office of the Bergen County Clerk
One Bergen County Plaza, Room 120
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Business License Information ^

To check on local requirements and ordinances, contact the building or zoning official in the town where your business is located. For statewide licensing information, contact the agency below. The County Clerk’s office does not issue business licenses.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Business Retention & Attraction Division
P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625-0820
Tel: (866) 534-7789
View Website

Business Name Registration/Trade Names ^

Your new "Sole Proprietorship" or "General Partnership" must, by law, be registered as a Trade Name in the County where the business is located. It is the responsibility of the registrant to determine that the name to be registered is not presently being used by any other Bergen County business or New Jersey Corporation. For help in performing a name search, please refer to the website.

Trade Name Search

Adding a New Owner or Partner ^

To add a new owner or partner to a previously registered business you will follow the same guidelines and use the same form as when registering a new business. You will file four (4) copies of a Certificate of Trade Name showing the name(s) and addresses of both the original owner(s) and the new owner/partner. The word "Amended" will appear at the top of each certificate as well as the original Bergen County file number. All copies must be notarized and bear the original signatures of all owners.

Whether filing by mail or in person you will receive two (2) copies back, one stamped "filed" for your records and the other stamped "certified copy" which your bank will require in order to add the new owner/partner to your business account.

Download the necessary document(s) below...

Certificate of Trade Name

Business Address Change ^

Should your business relocate at any time after initial registration, you must file a change of address form with the County Clerk’s office. This form can be obtained at the County Clerk’s office or by clicking on the link above. If your business relocates to another county, you must also file as a new business in that county. There is no charge for an address change.

Download the necessary document(s) below...

Business Address Change

Closing a Business ^

The form used to close a previously registered business is known as a "Discontinuance of Trade Name." It can be obtained from the County Clerk’s office by clicking on the link above. You may file the Discontinuance in person at the County Clerk’s office or by mail. You will file four (4) copies of the Discontinuance. They must be notarized and bear the original signatures of all current owners or partners. The Discontinuance will bear the same Bergen County file number as the original Trade Name.

Whether filing by mail or in person, you will receive two (2) copies back, one stamped "filed" for your records and the other stamped "certified copy" which your bank will require in order to close your business account.

Download the necessary document(s) below...

Discontinuance of Trade Name

Fees ^

You may submit payment by cash or check and will receive a receipt. Please make checks payable to the Bergen County Clerk.

  • To file an Amended Trade Name $50
  • To file an Amended Trade Name including notarization by the County Clerk $52
  • To file a Change of Business Address NC
  • To file Dissolution of a Trade Name $25
  • To file Dissolution of a Trade Name, with notarization by the County Clerk $27
  • To register a Certificate of Trade Name $50
  • To register a Certificate of Trade Name, including notarization by the County Clerk $52
  • To register a Church Corporation $25

Registering a Church Corporation ^

You may obtain a sample of a Church Corporation by clicking on the link above. You must file three (3) original Church Corporations (a 3-page document), which must be notarized and bear the original signatures and addresses of all officers of the corporation. You may file a Church Corporation by mail or in person at the County Clerk’s office.

Whether filing by mail or in person, you will receive two filings back. One stamped "filed" for your records and the other stamped "certified copy" to be sent for filing with the...

N.J. Department of Revenue
Corporate Filings Unit
P.O. Box 308
Trenton, NJ 08646

It is the responsibility of the registrant to be sure the new Church Corporation is properly filed with the State.

Download the necessary document(s) below...

Church Corporation Filing Sample

Registering a New Trade Name ^

The form used to register a Trade Name is known as a Certificate of Trade Name. It can be obtained from the County Clerk’s office or by clicking on the link above. You may file a Trade Name by mail or in person at the County Clerk’s office. If you register by mail, you must submit four (4) copies of the Certificate of Trade Name. All four must bear the original signature(s) of the owner(s) and be notarized.

Whether registering by mail or in person, you will receive two copies back, one stamped "filed" for your own records and the other stamped "certified copy," which your bank will require to open a business account in your new business name.

Download the necessary document(s) below...

Certificate of Trade Name

Removing an Owner or Partner ^

The form used to remove an owner or partner from a previously registered business is known as a "Dissolution." It can be obtained from the County Clerk’s office or by clicking on the link above. You may file a Dissolution by mail or in person at the County Clerk’s office. You will file four (4) copies of the Dissolution. They must be notarized and bear the original signatures and addresses of the original owners/partners and indicate, by name, the owner(s) or partner(s) that will remain with the business. The Dissolution will bear the same Bergen County file number as the original Trade Name.

Whether filing by mail or in person, you will receive two (2) copies back, one stamped "filed" for your records and the other stamped "certified copy" which your bank will require in order to remove the owner/partner from your business account.

Download the necessary document(s) below...

Dissolution of Trade Name

Submitting Documents ^

Mail completed documents to:

Trade Name Registration
Office of the Bergen County Clerk
One Bergen County Plaza, Room 120
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Federal Tax Information ^

Internal Revenue Service - Local Office
1 Kalisa Way
Paramus, NJ 07652
Tel (Toll Free): (800) 829-1040

Incorporation, Limited Partnerships, Fictitious Names & Non-profit Organizations ^

Incorporations, limited partnerships, fictitious names and non-profit organizations must be filed with the NJ Department of Treasury:

New Jersey Department of Treasury
Division of Commercial Recording, Business Service Bureau
P.O. Box 308, 225 West State Street
Trenton, NJ
Tel: (609) 292-9292

State of New Jersey Corporation Division

New Business Lists ^

You may subscribe to receive detailed lists of new businesses registered with the County Clerk’s office. Detailed lists include the name and address of businesses, name and address of owner(s), filing date and number and type of business. These lists do not include phone numbers.

  • Annual detailed list of Trade Names $400
  • Monthly detailed list of Trade Names $40
  • Weekly detailed list of Trade Names $10

Small Business Counseling ^

^ Bergen County Business Resource Center
60 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Tel: (201) 996-6181
Visit Website

^ Bergen Small Business Development Center
355 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Tel: (201) 489-8670
Visit Website at …
http://www.bergen.edu/sbdc or http://www.njsbdc.com

^ NJ Department of Commerce & Economic Development
Office of Business Advocacy
Mary G. Roebling Building
20 West State Street, CN 823
Trenton, NJ 08625
Tel: (609) 292-0700

^ The New Jersey Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities' and Women's Enterprises (NJDA)
200 South Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08652
Tel: (609) 292-0187 or (888) 239-1288

Score ^

Office of Community Services
5th floor
1 Bergen Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Tel: (201) 599-6090
Visit Website

^ Small Business Workshop
425 Raritan Center
Edison, NJ 08818
Tel: (732) 417-4081

Tax Identification Number ^

When creating a new business, you must file an application to register with the State Tax Bureau, and receive a Tax ID number, at least 15 days before opening the business. This applies to every individual, corporation, or other legal business entity, or unincorporated entity, engaged in the practice of any trade, business, profession, or occupation, whether full-time or part-time, within the State of NJ. You must register even if your business will not be collecting sales tax. If you need your Tax ID Number immediately, you must register in person. To obtain a Tax ID Number, or for further tax information, contact:

New Jersey Division of Taxation
22-08 Route 208 South
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Regional Offices (North): (201) 791-0500
Regional Offices (South): (609) 292-6400
Tel (Toll Free): (800) 323-4400

Trademark & Patents ^

New Jersey State

New Jersey Department of Treasury
Trademark Section
Tel: (609) 292-9292

Federal

U.S. Department of Commerce
Patent & Trademark Office
2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 208B
Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: (703) 305-8341

Workers Compensation Information ^

Division of Workers Compensation
New Jersey Department of Labor
P.O. Box 381
Trenton, NJ 08625-0318
(609) 292-2516

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