Office of the State Treasurer


CONTACT:  Tom Vincz
October 20, 2004
(609) 633-6565
NJ Business Certificates Now Available On-Line Through Business Gateway

 TRENTON – State Treasurer John E. McCormac announced today that Business Registration Certificates (BRCs) can be accessed and printed through a newly installed on-line system now offered by Treasury’s Division of Revenue.

 All business entities in New Jersey are required to register with the State and obtain a BRC. Under the recently enacted proof of registration law, which took effect September 1, vendors bidding for a public contract with State and local government agencies are now required to submit a copy of their BRC with their bid responses.

 “This service enables businesses to verify their registration status with the Department in real time, and obtain printable business registration certificates on-line, in a single session,” said Treasurer McCormac. “This will greatly simplify and streamline the process of complying with New Jersey’s proof of registration law,” he said.

 According to Division of Revenue Director John Tully, the system will include the following user-friendly features:

 Availability – The system will be on-line 24/7; Responsiveness – With the on-line service, registered businesses will no longer be required to request certificates over the telephone or via e-mail. Mailing delays will also be eliminated; Security – Use of multiple search and match fields will curtail unauthorized browsing of business information. Further, audit trails will be established to authenticate any certificate presented to a contracting authority; Value-added information and service channels – The system will alert businesses relative to problems that may render their registration accounts invalid for contracting purposes, and point to service channels that will assist them in defining and rectifying these problems. Likewise, for non-registrants, the system will provide links to the Department’s existing on-line business filing and registration services. Businesses will also be able to access the system periodically to check their registration status.

 “ The new functions and features will save both the business community and government contracting agencies time and money,” Tully said. “Most importantly, facilitating compliance with the proof of registration requirement will foster greater uniformity in tax compliance among contractors and sub-contractors, thus assuring a more level playing field for public procurement,” he said.

 The new service can be accessed at

 “This new service is one of several electronic, user-friendly reforms implemented by Treasury in the last 18 months. Through our upgrades in the Division of Taxation, we just completed a record year in the number of tax returns filed electronically. In the Division of Purchase and Property, we have now made RFPs for State contracts available on-line and added new quick links to various procurement activities. These reforms minimize administrative costs for Treasury, improve departmental efficiency and make it easier for the public to do business with the State,” McCormac said.

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