The Rockland County Clerk files business certificates for individuals or partners doing business in Rockland County under an assumed name. Business Certificate forms are available at our office or can be downloaded through this site. For further information or to download forms, review our Business Certificate FAQ's or call us at (845) 708-7222.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Business Certificate?

A Business Certificate is a legal document which can be filed in the Rockland County Clerk’s Office by an individual or group of individuals who wish to conduct business in the County of Rockland under an assumed name. You may be required to have a Business Certificate to be licensed by other agencies, or for tax or insurance purposes.

What forms of payment does the Rockland County Clerk accept?

All fees due to the Rockland County Clerk must be paid in cash or by money order.

Please make money orders payable to the "Rockland County Clerk".

PERSONAL CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How do I Register a Business or Obtain a Business Certificate?

In order to obtain a "Business Certificate" or "Business Certificate For Partners" from the Rockland County Clerk, please follow these steps:

  1. Determine if the name of your business is already in use. You may search the computer in the Rockland County Clerk’s Office to determine if the name you intend to call your business is already being used. If the name is already in use, an alternative name should be selected.
  2. Complete the necessary forms.
    1. Individuals wishing to register a new business can complete the "Business Certificate for Individuals" form online or by hand at the Rockland County Clerk's Office.
    2. Partners in Business wishing to register a new business can complete the "Business Certificates for Partners" form online or by hand at the Rockland County Clerk's Office..
  3. Submit your form to the Land Records counter in the Rockland County Clerk’s Office along with the fees noted below, and official picture identification.

Rockland County Clerk's Office Address:

Rockland County Clerk's Office
Rockland County Courthouse

1 South Main Street, Suite 100
New City, New York 10956
Phone: (845)708-7222.

ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN CASH OR BY MONEY ORDER. (NO PERSONAL CHECKS)
Make money orders payable to "Rockland County Clerk"

Filing Fees
Business Certificate Filing $25
Certified Copies (x2) $10
Total $35

ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN CASH OR BY MONEY ORDER. (NO PERSONAL CHECKS)
Make money orders payable to "Rockland County Clerk"

How much does it cost to file a Business Certificate?
Filing Fees
Business Certificate Filing $25
Certified Copies (x2) $10
Total $35

ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN CASH OR BY MONEY ORDER. (NO PERSONAL CHECKS)
Make money orders payable to "Rockland County Clerk"

How do I change a certificate I already filed?
To change a Business Certificate that you have already filed, you must use the "Amended Business Certificate" form to make changes such as addresses or partners. There is a $35.00 fee to file this form and a $5.00 search fee.
How do I discontinue a business?
Use the "Certificate of Discontinuance of Business" or "Certificate of Discontinuance of Business as Partners" form. There is a $5.00 fee to file this form and a $5.00 search fee.
How do I get a N.Y.S. sales tax I.D. number?

If you are starting a new business and need to get a NYS tax ID number , please contact the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance:

Online at The NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website

OR

By Phone: (518) 457-5431

 

For a complete list of forms please see our Forms page

 

Designated Publications for Legal Notices

Hamodia
207 Foster Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 853-9094
Rockland County Times
119 Main Street
Nanuet, NY 10954
(845) 627-1414
Rockland Journal News
1 Crossfield Ave.
W. Nyack, NY 10994
(888) 516-9220
The Jewish Press
4915 16th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 330-1100 Ext. 332
Yated Ne'eman of America
53 Olympia Lane
Monsey, NY 10952
(845) 369-1600 Ext. 204