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Requirements for registering a business in Delaware differ by business entity type, location and whether or not the business has employees.
To determine your registration requirements, look at the Business Registration Chart below:
Will you be a Sole Proprietor?
If yes, proceed to step 3
If no, continue with step 2
Obtain other State of Delaware Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations. For a list of state regulated industries visit Business First Steps
Obtain other Local Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations and research Zoning Requirements on Business First Steps
Entities who want to incorporate in Delaware must:
Any person or entity conducting a trade or business in the State of Delaware, including corporations, must obtain a State of Delaware Business License from the Delaware Division of Revenue.
To obtain a Delaware business license:
The annual fee for a Delaware business license varies; however, the rate is generally $75.00 for a first location. A separate license is required for each separate business activity.
After the first year, Delaware businesses may additionally opt to buy a three-year business license. The cost of a three-year license is not discounted; businesses will pay three times their regular yearly license fee for a three-year license.
Delaware also offers a 75% senior citizen discount on annual license fees for individuals 65 years of age or older on or before January 1st of the current license year. Businesses must meet specific requirements to be eligible for this discount.
Depending on your business location, some counties and towns may also require business licenses. Check with local and county offices to see if your area requires additional licenses.
Some business types require licensing from additional state agencies as well. Please visit Revenue’s Tax Tips to see if your business type has special requirements.
Businesses with employees must also register with the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance and the Division of Workers Compensation.
Businesses without Employees do not need to register with the Division of Unemployment Insurance or the Division of Workers Compensation.
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