Incorporate in Just 3 Simple Steps!
Go directly to step 3 for pre-prepared documents.
Step #1: Check for Name Availability
Start by choosing 3 corporate name examples (in order of preference). We’ll check for availability of the names.
Step #2: Upload or Prepare your Articles
Use our online form to prepare all of your required information for incorporation.
Step #3: Specify Service Options and Service Level
Select a filing package or feel free to make a choice from our a la carte options.
Rush Order: 1-2 Days
Routine Order: 1 month
During normal business hours, you’ll receive an email confirmation within an hour.
Your filing is on its way!
It’s possible your corporation will be submitted and could even be active on the same day if we receive your New Jersey Articles of Incorporation by 12 PM PST Monday through Friday. This means your file date will be your submission date. It would otherwise take several weeks longer if you mailed the document to the state as other filing services often do.
Responsibilities After Filing
- Statement of Information Filing: After your Articles of Incorporation are completely filed, the SOS (Secretary of State) needs you to file a Statement of Information.
- New Jersey Corporate Kit: Order a kit from us at the time you file or place the order at our Corporate Kit order page. Each kit includes a seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 stock certificates, a custom binder, and more.
- Employer Identification Number: We can easily obtain your EIN for your brand new company. Simply add it to your overall order and we’ll obtain the EIN within 1 to 2 days.
At the time of filing, consider these optional services:
- Added Certified Copy of Articles: It’s possible you’ll want this in the future for loans, professional licensing requirements, or banks.
- Certificate of Good Standing: If you plan to register or qualify in other states, you may need additional copies of this certificate.
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- Filings that we receive by 12 pm PST are submitted on the same day
- We’ve filed thousands of documents since 1999
- Most other filing companies will mail your filings in, delaying results
New Jersey Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," or an abbreviation of one of these words, or abbreviation "Ltd.", or "words or abbreviations of like import in other languages. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a 120 day period for a filing fee of a $50 (add $15, if expedited service is required).
It is acceptable to state — either alone or with a specific purpose clause — “The purposes for which the corporation is organized shall be to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the New Jersey Business Corporation Act.”
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL:
There is no minimum or maximum number of authorized shares since state incorporation fees are not based on the share structure. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
Preemptive rights are denied in absence of a specific grant.
Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless specifically granted.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE:
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office in order to receive service of process in New Jersey.
Minimum number of directors is one (1).
LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY:
The Public Records Filing for a New Entity may contain — within the limitations prescribed by the New Jersey Business Corporation Act — a provision limiting or eliminating the personal liability of a corporation director or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
Minimum number of incorporators is one (1) — a natural person of the age of 18 years or more, or a foreign or domestic corporation — and there is not a requirement that the incorporator must be a resident of New Jersey.
You must submit to the Secretary of State two (2) executed copies of the Public Records Filing for a New Entity. The Secretary of State files and records the Certificate.
SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL STATE DISBURSEMENTS AND FEES:
Filing fee for Public Records Filing for a New Entity: $125.00
Expedited Filing Fee: $15.00
Fee for a certified copy of the Public Records Filing for a New Entity: $25.00
(no evidence issued, therefore it is recommended that a certified copy be obtained)
New Jersey Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
How do I form a New Jersey Corporation?
We’ll start by checking corporate name availability at the New Jersey Secretary of State (SOS). Next, we’ll prepare your New Jersey Articles of Incorporation. After that, we will double check that the Articles of Incorporation do not have any errors. Next, we will file the Articles of Incorporation with the New Jersey SOS. And finally, after the New Jersey SOS files your Articles of Incorporation, we’ll send the filed document to you and your new company.
Why SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings is able to help you create your corporation with the New Jersey Secretary of State quickly and efficiently. In order to form a corporation or subchapter S corporation in New Jersey, you need to file the New Jersey Articles of Incorporation with Secretary of State of New Jersey.
We’ve been forming New Jersey corporations since 1999. This means we know all the state’s requirements so that we can handle your formation immediately and professionally. We’ll make the entire process painless and easy for you by preparing and filing your Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of New Jersey on your behalf.
Why should I form a New Jersey Corporation?
There are several reasons to form a New Jersey Corporation. First, there’s the corporate veil. This provides limited liability to the owners or shareholders. The latter will not have to be personally liable for obligations and debts that the corporation may have. They will only lose if they have personally purchased stock in the company. Because your New Jersey corporation will be a legal, independent entity, this means the corporation has continuous existence. It will not cease existing just because a shareholder retires or dies. It’s often easier for corporations to set up insurance, prepare retirement funds, profit-share, design pensions, and prepare stock option plans.
Finally, ownership in a New Jersey corporation makes it easier to transfer than other business entities. Generally speaking, you can sell shares of stock to a third party without restriction and without having to get consent from the corporation itself.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in New Jersey?
If you plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock, you might form a New Jersey C corporation. Also, unlike S corporations, choosing a C corporation allows for over 75 shareholders. Additionally, you can have multiple classes of stock, like preferred and common shares.
New Jersey C corporations are double-taxed since both the individual owner and corporate entity need to file their own tax returns. On the other hand, a New Jersey S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are registered aliens or U.S. citizens. They can also only issue one kind of stock.
How do I form a New Jersey S Corporation?
Your New Jersey S corporation starts as a C corporation. To form an New Jersey S corporation, you need to file for subchapter S status with the IRS.
Forming a New Jersey S corporation eliminates double taxation. It means that the corporation is taxed like an LLC or partnership, which have pass-through tax structures. Ask your accountant or the IRS about limitations. By obtaining S corporation status in your state, your corporation won’t generally need to file a tax return. Shareholders will need to include their share of the corporation's separately stated items of deduction, income, credit, loss, and their share of non-separately stated loss or income on their tax return.
How do I get an Employer Identification number (EID) or a Tax Payer ID number for a New Jersey Corporation?
Once we form a New Jersey corporation on your behalf, we can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your new corporation in New Jersey. An EIN is required to hire employees, open a bank account, or start business credit for your New Jersey corporation. If you purchase our New Jersey premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your corporation.
How can I prepare or obtain corporate bylaws for aNew Jersey Corporation?
By purchasing our premium package, SunDoc Filings will prepare the initial bylaws in standard language) for your New Jersey corporation and include meeting minutes (in MS Word format). You may then prepare as you need to.
What are corporate bylaws? Why are they important for my new New Jersey corporation?
New Jersey corporation bylaws create rules for how your New Jersey corporation can take out loans, open a bank account, issue stock certificates to its shareholders, write checks, enter into contracts, and obtain business credit. The bylaws will also often reference a list of directors and their names and all shareholders in alphabetical order. This will include a list of the shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the New Jersey corporation, and the amount of shares each shareholder owns.
Corporate bylaws are like a blueprint for your brand new corporation. The bylaws contain the privileges, rights, and powers of the directors, officers, and shareholders. Most New Jersey bylaws contain the number of directors and their names as well as the names of the officers for the following titles: president, VP (vice president), treasurer or CFO (chief financial officer), and secretary.
What is a New Jersey corporate seal?
After your New Jersey corporation prepares its bylaws or has SunDoc Filings prepare its bylaws, the corporation will want to have a corporate seal. This is a handheld device. It imprints any type of paper with the name of the corporation, the state where it was formed, and the date the corporation was formed. Many lending institutes and banks will require all New Jersey corporations to have and use a corporation seal on all business documents and loan papers. All New Jersey corporation kits that we sell have a handheld corporate seal embosser included in them.
What is a New Jersey corporate kit?
A corporate kit for your New Jersey corporation is generally a hardbound binder that has all of the New Jersey corporation's most essential documents in it. These documents include the bylaws as well as the New Jersey Articles of Incorporation. Your corporation's name will also be hot stamped on the spine. Most of the corporation kits come with a slipcase as well. This keeps the binder safe. Some kits are created with a built-in slipcase.
Another important part of a corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the New Jersey corporate kits that SunDoc Filings sells contain
- 20 custom stock certificates (that include your corporation's name)
- The amount of shares
- The par value the corporation is authorized to issue
- The titles of secretary and president below the lines for signatures
You can order a New Jersey corporate kit here if you’ve already formed your corporation in New Jersey. We have numerous colors and styles available.
Lastly, now that you’ve formed your corporation, received your EIN with the IRS, decided whether to be an S or C corporation, prepared your bylaws and issued shares of stock, and utilized your embosser, it’s finally time to verify which licenses your business will need in your local area.
You’ll want to check out your city and county requirements for all types of business licensing. If you decide to operate your new corporation from your New Jersey home, you’ll want to double check with your county or city to see if a home permit is necessary. It’s time to start operating your New Jersey corporation once all of the licensing requirements in your city and county are met!