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Operating any business in the State of Pennsylvania requires certain licensure.  Information and links to file is provided below. This information is provided for informational purposes only. We do not intend it to be used without contacting us first if you are a prospective business owner. PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE REGISTERING YOUR BUSINESS.

There are several types of registrations that must be completed by all businesses in the State of Pennsylvania, including:

When opening a business, the SBDC recommends that you contact your local municipality to make them aware of the business for zoning and tax collection purposes.  

  • PA State Registration/Application for Sales Tax License (PA-100)
    ** You must decide on your business structure before you register!

To register your business with the State of PA, please visit PA Biz Online. This website gives entrepreneurs one-stop access to business information. Entrepreneurs can find out how to start a business, learn how PA can help them grow, find the right forms and electronically register a business with the Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Revenue, and Department of State.

For most prospective business owners, filling out the OBRI (Online Business Registration Interview) will be best.  You can also use the OBRI to complete fictitious nam application as well.

According to the type of business you plan to open, certain additional licenses may be required. Violation of requirements can lead to penalties, financial setbacks, or even business closing. The SBA’s Business Licenses and Permits Tool can help you determine which specific licenses are required for your business.

Fictitious Name Application

A fictitious name is any assumed name, style or designation other than the proper name of the entity using such name.  The use of fictitious names is governed by the Fictitious Names Act of 1982, 54Pa.C.S. Section 301 et seq. Any entity or entities (including individuals, corporations, partnership or other groups) which conduct any business in Pennsylvania under an assumed or fictitious name must register such name by filing an application for registration of fictitious name.  Register by using the OBRI. Check for name availability with the PA Corporation Bureau prior to registering.

A fictitious name is any assumed name, style or designation other than the proper name of the entity using such name.The use of fictitious names is governed by the Fictitious Names Act of 1982, 54Pa.C.S. Section 301 et seq. Any entity or entities (including individuals, corporations, partnership or other groups) which conduct any business in Pennsylvania under an assumed or fictitious name must register such name by filing an application for registration of fictitious name.  Register by using the OBRI. Check for name availability with the PA Corporation Bureau prior to registering.

If you already have a sales/ use tax and/or employer withholding account, and you're attempting to register to file and pay business taxes online, please visit the Department of Revenue's e-TIDES website.

Technical questions regarding the registration process can be directed to the PA Department of State Customer Service at: 717-787-1057.

Register at irs.gov

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity.

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Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development;  through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, and through support from Wilkes University.  All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 570-408-4340.  All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if your become federally debarred or suspended in the future.


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