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Register a Foreign LLC in New Jersey

To register a foreign LLC in New Jersey, you must file a New Jersey Certificate of Authority with the New Jersey Business Registration Application. You can submit this document by mail, by fax, in person, or online. The Certificate of Authority costs $125 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in New Jersey answers the most common questions about how to file the New Jersey Certificate of Authority, but you can also sign up for our New Jersey Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in New Jersey?

$125 for normal & online processing.
$50 additional for same day expedited processing.
$25 additional for fax filings and 8.5 business hour expedited processing. $1 per page for return fax.
If you file online, there’s also a credit card service fee of $3.50.

How long does it take for the state to process the New Jersey Application for Registration?

Online Processing: 1 day.
Normal Processing: 2-3 business weeks, plus additional time for mailing.
In Person Processing: 2-3 business weeks or possibly sooner.
Expedited Processing: same day or 8.5 business hour processing available.

How will I get verification of registration back from New Jersey?

You will be able to print your Certificate of Authority if filing online. Otherwise, the documents will be mailed to you.

What forms do I file with New Jersey to register my out of state LLC?

If filing by mail or fax, the Registration Application, the Public Records Filing in duplicate, a Certificate of Good Standing or Existence, transmittal letter or service request sheet, and filing fee is required. Depending on the type of filing or type of business you are registering additional forms may be required.

To file online, you will click on “online services” then choose the 1st option that says “register a business”. Once you complete step 1 and pay the $125 fee, you will receive a Certificate of Authority. You will want to be sure to print this Certificate of Authority at this time, otherwise additional copies will require a fee. The Certificate of Authority will have a 10-digit ID number that you will need to complete step 2. The Certificate of Good Standing or Existence will need to be faxed in before filing can be completed. Processing will take approximately 48 hours if you fax your Certificate of Good Standing right away.

What do I need from my home state?

Certificate of Good Standing or Existence is required.

Does it need to be an original copy?


How current does the certificate need to be?

The Certificate cannot be more than 30 days old.

Will I need an New Jersey registered agent for my LLC?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent service, it’s a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year, you’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states you are registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You’ll receive annual report reminders. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they will be emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the New Jersey registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the New Jersey Application for Registration?

By mail, fax, in person or online.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

State of New Jersey
Business Registration Application
PO Box 252
Trenton, NJ 08646-0252
33 West State Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

State of New Jersey
Public Records Filings
PO Box 308
Trenton, NJ 08646
33 West State Street, 5th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609)292-9292 or (866)534-7789
Fax: (609)984-6851

Do the signatures on the New Jersey LLC application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

An owner, partner or officer must sign the forms.

Are there any weird things about registering in New Jersey?

No fee is required for the Registration Application. The fee is required for the Public Records Filing.
County filing or publication is not necessary for foreign LLCs, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Are there ongoing New Jersey annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

New Jersey annual reports are due on the exact date you initially filed.

What about New Jersey taxes?

You are responsible for paying your New Jersey taxes just like any other New Jersey LLC.

How do I withdraw a business in New Jersey?

If you want to withdraw a business from New Jersey, you can complete the Cancellation Application online.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have a New Jersey registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in New Jersey. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents.

We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.

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