A Certificate of Authority grants legitimacy from the government to a business. In doing so, the business is recognized as a responsible party that can be entrusted with personal, financial and medical information. Further, this certification permits a registered business to collect sales tax, as well as grant and receive exemption certificates. You can apply for certification online. The New Jersey Certificate of Authority, once granted, must be publicly displayed in the place of business at all times.
Locating the Application
Visit the homepage of the New Jersey Division of Revenue's website.
Locate and click the "Registrations" link underneath the page banner.
Select the "Register Your Business" link, found under "Business Registration & Filings" in the left-hand column.
Scroll down to Step 2 once the new page has loaded. Note that you will have to complete Step 1 if your business is not a general partnership or sole proprietor.
Filing for Certification
Click the "Registration" link in the first line of text underneath the Step 2 heading.
Check the second option on the page that pops up. Complete either the FEIN or SSN box with your business' information. Click the "Submit" button.
Fill in the 10-digit ID of your business, which the next prompt (the first page of the application) requests. Submit this information.
Hit "Click Here" when you finish reading the second page of the application.
Fill out the information on the third page--an NJ-REG form. Be sure to indicate whether your business plans to collect sales tax, remit use tax or utilize New Jersey Exemption Certificates. Submit this page once you have finished filling out the applicable information.
Notice that this will redirect you to a confirmation screen. Print this page for future reference.
Check the postal mail within the next few days for your business' Certificate of Authority.
Originally from Scottsdale, Ariz., Alexis Kezirian is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her articles have appeared in "azTeen Magazine," among other publications.