How to Get a Business License in Delaware (2022) – Forbes Advisor

Step 1. Name and form your business

If you plan to start your business as an LLC, corporation, or other formal business entity, the first step in applying for a Delaware business license is to file the company formation documents with the state. For help starting your business, check out one of our Forbes Advisor guides on starting a business, forming an LLC, and, for those who want someone else to do it for you. them, Best LLC Services. Once you’ve started your business, get your paperwork in order and make sure you have:

  • A trade name
  • An EIN (Employer Identification Number) or SSN (if you are a sole proprietor)
  • A type of business entity (LLC, partnership, corporation, etc.)
  • A business address and telephone number
  • A business plan that includes expected income and expenses
  • A certificate of insurance (COI) for your business insurance policy

Step 2. Apply for your Delaware Business License

The second step is actually to apply for the Delaware statewide business license. To apply, you can head to the Delaware Department of Revenue’s One Stop Registration and Licensing Portal. This portal allows you to add, renew, change or modify any commercial licenses you may have. You can also manage unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation deductions and maintain your business registration on the site.

Step 3. Determine which additional statewide licenses may be applicable

Delaware’s Division of Professional Regulation regulates a wide variety of professions and occupations with its own set of applicable licenses in addition to the state’s general business license. Many businesses may need both the Delaware business license and an additional state-regulated license to operate legally.

The list of regulated professions is long and includes professions in sectors such as health and welfare, finance, construction, veterinarians and martial arts. For the full list and to apply for a professional license or permit, go to the Professional Regulation Division website.

Step 4. Apply for the local license(s) you may need

In addition to state business licenses and professional licenses, your city or county may require a local business license. For example, the City of Dover requires all businesses to obtain a business license and charges various fees depending on different professions and occupations. To determine if your city or county requires a local business license, search for your local municipality using the University of Delaware directory, then contact the city or county government in your area.

Step 5. Apply for federal licenses and tax treatment (if needed)

Most small businesses won’t need federal licenses or permits, but if your business conducts federally regulated activities, you may need to obtain a federal license. Common areas of federal business licenses include:

  • Agriculture
  • Sale, service, distribution or importation of alcohol
  • Air, sea or land transport
  • Firearms, ammunition and explosives
  • Fish and wildlife, including commercial fisheries
  • Mining and drilling
  • Nuclear energy
  • Broadcasting and television broadcasting
  • Fish and wildlife, including commercial fisheries
  • Mining and drilling
  • Nuclear energy
  • Broadcasting and television broadcasting

Contact the appropriate federal governing body to inquire about required permits and licenses or to conduct research. For example, use the Federal Aviation Administration website to understand how your business may be regulated or subject to certification requirements if it has anything to do with aviation.

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