New Jersey Articles of Incorporation

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New Jersey articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Provides governance and adds credibility

Fast Facts

For Domestic Corporations:

Agency:New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Form:

Public Records Filing for New Business Entity

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, fax, or online

Agency Fee:

$125 + optional $15-$1,000 expedite fee + optional $.10/page for a return fax

Turnaround:

~4 weeks. ~8.5 hours for $15 expedited fee. Same-day for $50 expedite fee. ~2 hours for $500 expedite fee. ~1 hour for $1,000 expedite fee.

Law:

New Jersey Business Corporation Act

Notes:
  • Include cover letter or self-addressed stamped envelope for return
Fact Checked:6/16/17

For Domestic Professional Corporations:

Agency:New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Form:

Public Records Filing for New Business Entity

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:6/13/17

Other Helpful New Jersey Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to New Jersey.


New Jersey Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: None.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws or certificate of incorporation fixes a different number. No less than one third.

New Jersey Officers

  • President, secretary, and treasurer required.

New Jersey Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

New Jersey Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if by all shareholders entitled to vote on the action.

New Jersey Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Not required.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.
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