BUSINESS TRADE NAME CERTIFICATES
Individuals conducting or transacting business under any assumed name or designation are required to file a Business Trade Name Certificate with the County Clerk’s Office. This includes non-incorporated entities such as sole proprietorships or general partnerships (NJSA 56:1-1&c).
Complete the Business Trade Name Certificate form with the following:
Name of the business, nature of the business and address of the business.
Names(s) and residence address(es) of the business operators (all those financially responsible for the business).
If operators reside outside the State of New Jersey, a Power of Attorney to the County Clerk is required. If the Power of Attorney is a separate attachment, not part of the body of the document, it must be notarized.
Signature(s) with printed name(s) above and below acknowledgment.
Full acknowledgment by a Notary Public or other official authorized to accept oaths. A representative from the County Clerk’s Office will acknowledge the Business Trade Name Certificate at the time of filing, provided all operators of the business appear with photo identification.
Four (4) original certificates must be filed in the County Clerk’s office. One (1) original certificate for the County Clerk, one (1) original certificate for New Jersey Division of Revenue and two original certificates are returned to the business (one certificate for the business’ records and one for financial institution when a business account is established)
The fee to file a Business Trade Name Certificate is $50 + $8 notarization fee. Payment must be either money order or personal check.
The following entities must file with the New Jersey Division of Revenue (not with the County Clerk):
Corporations (Profit and Non-Profit)
Limited Liability Companies
Limited Liability Partnerships