Online Business Registration

What tax types can be registered using online business registration?

  • Withholding
  • Sales and Use (excluding tax on Spirituous Liquor, Aviation Gasoline and Jet Fuel, Dry-Cleaning Solvent, Piped Natural Gas, and 911 Service Charge for Prepaid Wireless)
  • Motor vehicle lease and rental
  • Certain machinery

What information do I need to submit my business registration application?

  • Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), and North Carolina Secretary of State Number (SOS), if applicable.
  • Your business name, address, phone number.
  • Partner or Responsible Person, if applicable (name, title, SSN, address).
  • Details about your business (begin date, type of business, etc.).

See the Business Registration Checklist for detailed information.

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Online Business Registration

Need additional information?  See the following frequently asked questions.

What is online business registration and why should I use it?

What is online business registration and why should I use it?

The Online Business Registration system allows you to electronically register for a NC tax account ID number instead of submitting the paper Form NC-BR.  Anyone seeking to register a business for the indicated tax types can use the Online Business Registration system to establish state tax ID number(s). Using this system allows us to process your business registration application more accurately and efficiently. For most applicants, the account ID number will be issued instantly.  The account ID number is needed in order to file and pay with NCDOR.

Can I view a video on how to use Online Business Registration?

Can I view a video on how to use Online Business Registration?

Yes, click on the following video.

How do I submit my online business registration application?

How do I submit my online business registration application?

You will be prompted through a series of interview screens that will require you to provide information to complete the application. You will be provided a confirmation page that you should print and save for your records that will contain either a tracking or confirmation number.

Is there a fee?

Is there a fee?

There is no fee to use the Department’s online business registration system.

Am I required to mail any paper documentation after submitting my business registration application?

Am I required to mail any paper documentation after submitting my business registration application?

Once your application is submitted online, it is not necessary to mail in a paper copy of the application form. We will contact you if additional information is required.

How will I know the Department has received my business registration application?

How will I know the Department has received my business registration application?

Once you submit your completed application, the system will provide you with a confirmation page. If the system is able to complete the registration process, a confirmation number and the issued account ID number will display on the page along with the name of your business. A notice that includes your account ID number will also be mailed to you within five business days.

If the system is unable to complete the registration process at the time of submission, a tracking number will display on the page. Your account ID number will be issued within ten business days and a notice that includes your account ID number will be mailed to you.

You should retain the confirmation or tracking number for your records until you receive your account ID number information by mail. These numbers will be helpful if you contact the Department with questions about your business registration application.

Is my information safe?

Is my information safe?

Safety measures are in place to protect your information. No one can read your tax information while it is being electronically submitted. The web site and your data are secured with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) with at least 128-bit encryption.

Who can I contact for assistance with my online business registration?

Who can I contact for assistance with my online business registration?

You may contact Taxpayer Assistance at 1-877-308-9103 Option 1 between the hours of 8am and 5pm ET Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).