Many of our Delaware based clients seek a Business License after forming their entity with The Incorporators Ltd. Today we're going to walk you through the steps you need to take to acquire a Delaware business license.
1. Form your Business
The first step to acquiring a Delaware business license is to officially form your entity.
The Incorporators Ltd. can quickly form your entity. It will take you only a few minutes to fill out our easy online form.
Select one of our E-Kits and all of your documents will be delivered via email in a matter of days (often times even less). We also have traditional LLC, Corporate, Non-Profit, and Partnership packages with a variety of accessories. You can view all of our entity options and packages here.
It is possible to get a Delaware business license as a Sole Proprietor, however there are fewer instances where this would be necessary or advisable. If you choose to apply for a business license as a Sole Proprietor, you would not need an EIN and instead would use your social security number. If this is you, skip to step 3.
2. File for a Federal EIN
Once you've officially formed your entity and have received all documentation from The Incorporators Ltd., you'll need to apply for an Employer ID Number with the Federal government.
Luckily, you can do this through their website for free and can get your EIN number immediately. Apply for an EIN here.
3. Register Your Business with the Delaware Division of Revenue
Use Delaware's One Stop website to register with the Division of Revenue.
The site will walk you through a series of questions to complete your registration.
4. If Your Business is Part of a Regulated Industry, Obtain the Proper License, Certification, or Registration
Some industries, like restaurants, liquor stores, mortgage brokers, or child care (to name a few) are further regulated.
If your business falls into any of the categories on this list, make sure to follow proper procedures to obtain necessary permits before opening for business.
5. Obtain Proper County, City, or Town Licensing Permits
Lastly, you'll want to check with the county, city, or town you intend to conduct business in and determine if further permits are needed.
Obtaining the proper business license is a critical step to starting and growing your business. We hope you've found this information helpful and as always, The Incorporators Ltd. is always here to help you with your business needs.