How to Get a Tax ID Number in North Carolina

by MicheleA; Updated September 26, 2017
North Carolina makes it easy to get a state tax ID number.

The North Carolina Department of Revenue issues a business a single state tax identification number to cover employee income tax withholding, sales tax, and the state's machinery, equipment, and manufacturing use tax. Getting a North Carolina state tax ID number is a quick process. Numbers are often assigned immediately after submission of an online application form, although in some cases, the process can take up to 10 working days.

Step 1

Get a federal employer identification number (EIN). Before applying for a North Carolina state tax ID number, your business must have a federal EIN or taxpayer identification number. The online application is free at,,id=98350,00.html.

Step 2

File your corporate documents with the North Carolina Secretary of State office. Before registering for a state tax ID number, corporations must be on file with the Secretary of State office and have received a registration number. Contact the Corporations Division at 919-807-2225 or see for details. Other business forms, such as sole proprietorships, LLCs, and partnerships do not need to file with the Secretary of State.

Step 3

Register your business with the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Download Form NC-BR at or apply online at You will probably receive your business tax ID number immediately if you apply online.

Step 4

Make sure you know all the tax accounts, licenses, and permits required for your business. For all the details, see the North Carolina Department of Commerce directory at


  • Prepare to fill out the North Carolina Business Registration (NC-BR) form, either online or on paper, by reviewing the Business Registration Checklist at

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