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How do I maintain an LLC in New Jersey?

How do I maintain my New Jersey LLC? | BetterLegal


What's the next step after registering my business in New Jersey?

After successfully setting up your business in New Jersey, you need to make sure that you keep your LLC in good standing with the state. This way, you will be able to transact with third parties smoothly, especially with your vendors and clients.

A good standing status shows that your company is compliant with the state requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, payment of annual fees and updating of your company information with the state.

Additionally, certain other formalities are required by the state, like appointing a registered agent for service of process and maintaining a registered office in New Jersey.

If you do not have a physical address in the state where you registered your LLC, check out BetterLegal's Registered Agent Service. Through BetterLegal's Registered Agent service, you will receive scanned copies of your important mails and you may also request for physical copies to be mailed to your address for a minimal administrative fee. Subscribe to our service now!

Why is it important to Maintain my LLC in New Jersey?

Third parties are able to obtain your good standing status by submitting a request to the Secretary of State in New Jersey. If a third party you are transacting with finds out that your company is in bad standing with the state, it may cause unnecessary delays and issues in your business transactions.

Also, failure to comply with state requirements may result to forfeiture, dissolution, or involuntary termination of your LLC.

This is why you should be on top of New Jersey's periodic requirements for Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) like yours. Maintain your LLC to avoid any issues and delays in your transactions.

If you need help in maintaining your LLC in New Jersey, check out BetterLegal's State Compliance package. We will make sure that your company complies with the state requirements to keep your company in good standing. Subscribe to our State Compliance Service Now!

The Basics of Maintaining Your LLC

There are different administrative tasks that make up the maintenance of an LLC in New Jersey, but can be grouped into categories:

  1. Annual Report: Required filing in New Jersey to keep your LLC in good standing
  2. Certificate of Formation: Updating of your LLC information in New Jersey
  3. Operating Agreement: Legal document outlining the internal rules and procedures of a Limited Liability Company
  4. Licenses and Permits: Documentary requirements for these in New Jersey vary depending on the nature of business
  5. DBAs: Registration of other names a business may go by other than its official name
  6. Taxes: Money owed to the government for revenues and earnings

Filing your New Jersey LLC's Annual Report

If you are planning to file your New Jersey LLC's Annual Report, BetterLegal has prepared an easy to follow step-by-step guide for you below. We have also included pertinent information that you need to remember when filing.

When is the due date for my New Jersey LLC's Annual Report?

File your New Jersey LLC's Annual Report on the last day of the month in which your LLC was originally formed with the state. You need to file it with the state every year. The Annual Report may be submitted on or before the due date.

How much do I need to pay for my New Jersey LLC's Annual Report?

Prepare $75 to pay for your New Jersey LLC's Annual Report.

What information are needed when filing my New Jersey LLC's Annual Report?

When filing your LLC's Annual Report, make sure to provide your LLC's NJ business ID number, which may be found on the state's name search website. Additionally, provide any updated information of your LLC, which is limited to your LLC's Registered Agent Address, Main Business Address, and Managers Information.

How do I submit my New Jersey LLC's Annual Report?

You may submit your New Jersey LLC's Annual Report online.

(1) File online using this link https://www.njportal.com/DOR/AnnualReports/Business?sessionType=AnnualReport. There is no option to file the annual report by mail.

What is the turnaround time for my New Jersey LLC's Annual Report?

Your payment or filing submission will reflect on the state's records immediately.

What should I do if I miss my New Jersey LLC's Annual Report's due date?

Late submission of Annual Report in New Jersey is allowed. There is no late fee. You may file your late submission online.

If you fail to file even after the grace period, your LLC will lose its good standing in the state. This will reflect in any request for a Certificate of Good Standing.

I missed my New Jersey LLC's Annual Report's grace period for late submission, what should I do?

If you also missed the state's grace period for the filing of Annual Report, file the late annual report.

Certificate of Formation

If you want to update your company information but it is too early to file for your LLC's Annual Report or maybe you have already filed your LLC's Annual Report, but forgot to update your information, you may still do so by filing an amendment with the state.

BetterLegal may also assist you in filing these amendments. Check out the links below:

- New Jersey LLC Certificate of Termination
- New Jersey LLC Alternate Name Registration
- New Jersey LLC Alternate Name Renewal
- New Jersey LLC Business Purpose Change
- New Jersey LLC Members Change
- New Jersey LLC Business Address Change
- New Jersey LLC Name Change
- New Jersey LLC Name Correction
- New Jersey LLC Members Correction
- New Jersey LLC Business Purpose Correction
- New Jersey LLC Business Address Correction
- New Jersey LLC Registered Agent Change
- New York LLC Certificate of Change

Operating Agreement

The operating agreement outlines your LLC's internal rules and regulations. Some events, such as change in ownership, may require you to update your operating agreement. BetterLegal may also assist you with this.

Licenses and Permits

Licenses and Permits requirement may vary in each state and depending on the nature of your business. These licenses and permits ensure that companies within specific industries are abiding by its rules and regulations. If you need assistance in obtaining the licenses and permits required for your LLC, you may check out BetterLegal's Permit and License Search service.

DBAs and Fictitious Names

A DBA (Doing Business As) or a Fictitious Name is an alternative name or nickname under which a business can operate. This allows a business to conduct business under a name other than its legal name. For example, an LLC named "ABC Tile LLC" might file for a DBA and conduct business under the name "New Jersey Tile".

A DBA or Fictitious name is not a separate legal entity, it is a name that the business can use for its transactions and it does not change the legal structure or the ownership of the business.

If you need help in registering a DBA for your LLC, reach out to us via chat or call to confirm if we can assist with your filing.


The type of taxes that each state requires vary. Meanwhile, all LLCs are subject to Federal Taxes due to the IRS and are reported through the LLC’s EIN. For the filing of your taxes, it is best to consult your accountant.

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