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Forms, Registrations and Licenses

North Dakota is a business-friendly state.

  1. Perform an availability search to ensure that the business name you have chosen is not in use at ND Secretary of State Business Record Search.
  2. Register your Business Name with the ND Secretary of State.
  3. Apply for a tax I.D. number (SS-4) – File with State Treasurer.
  4. Report To Determine Liability – Unemployment Insurance for Job Service ND - Employer's Guide to Unemployment Insurance in North Dakota.
  5. Apply for Income Tax Withholding and Sales and Use Tax Permit.
  6. Apply for Workforce Safety Insurance.

An additional source for forms and licenses required for specific business can be found at the NDSU - Center for Community Vitality.