LLC Formation in New Jersey

While each state has its own unique requirements for forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company), New Jersey has some of the most unusual. The filing office for forming a new LLC is the NJ Division of Revenue, not the secretary of state’s office as is the case in most states. And, the formation isn’t completed until a second form (NJ-REG) is filed with the Division of Revenue. Read on to learn more about New Jersey’s requirements to help you determine it this is the state where you want to form your LLC.

NJ LLC name requirements

The name of your LLC must contain "Limited Liability Company," "LLC" or "L.L.C." The name must not contain any word, phrase, abbreviation or derivative thereof indicating or implying it is organized for any purpose other than one or more purposes permitted by its Certificate of Formation. It must be distinguishable from the names of other LLCs, foreign LLCs and current name reservations or registrations. The words "Olympic," "Little League," "Realtor" and "Trust" cannot be used.

Member/Manager information

The following are New Jersey’s requirements for the members and managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members.
  • Residence requirements. New Jersey does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. Members/managers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Inclusion in the Certificate of Formation. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Certificate of Formation.

Registered Agent

You must provide the name of a Registered Agent, along the agent’s Registered Office in New Jersey. The address must be a physical, street address—not a post office box. Your agent must be available during normal business hours to accept Service of Process and other important legal and tax documents for the business.

Requirements for filing to form an LLC

New Jersey, unlike most states, uses a single form for the creation of all statutory entities, including LLCs. In New Jersey, you form an LLC by filing a completed “Public Records Filing for New Business Entity” form and paying the required fees. The information that must be provided includes:

  • Purpose. New Jersey allows a general purpose statement.
  • Duration. New Jersey requires you to state a term of existence unless you intend the LLC to be perpetual.

Additional formation requirements

In New Jersey, your formation paperwork obligations don’t end when you file your “Public Records Filing.” You must submit Form NJ-REG (Business Registration Application) within in 60 days of filing the Public Records Filing. (You do have the option of filing both forms at the same time.) The NJ-REG asks for extensive information related to taxation.

Professional services businesses

New Jersey does not have specific provisions for a Professional Limited Liability Company, but it does allow professionals, such as accountants, attorneys, and physicians to form a regular LLC.

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