How to Register Businesses in New York City

To do business in New York City under any name other then your own, you are required to register by filing a business certificate with the city; this is done at the county clerk's office in the county you plan to do business in.


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      Obtain three copies of the proper form. For a sole proprietorship (one owner) the form is X 201, and for a partnership (more than one owner) the form is X 74. The forms must be purchased at a commercial stationery store. Call 800-221-2972 to find a store near you.

      Determine if the business name you want to use is available. Go to the county clerk's office in the county that the business will be in and ask the county clerk to search the system for name availability.

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      Fill out all three copies of the form. You will need the complete name of the business, physical address (no P.O. boxes), full name of the business owner and proof of the business owners home address. For proof of home address, you can use a driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration, recent credit card statement addressed to you or a recent personal bank statement.

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      File the forms at the county clerk's office. There will be a filing fee involved with this process. As of April 2011, the fee is $100 with an additional $10 per extra copy.

Tips & Warnings

  • In New York there are five different county clerk's offices; you will file with the jurisdiction that your business will be located in. The jurisdictions are Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx and Queens.
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