Quick Reference Filing Guide to New York

New York

New York is a leader amongst the States. The New York web pages are filled with information and quality content in a well organized manner. The link to Business puts key pages right at your fingertips, and brings you directly to a number of online services directly for businesses.

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is in charge of the office responsible for regulating the incorporation process. The responsible division of his Office is the Division of Corporations, State Records, and Uniform Commercial Code. There are a lot of questions in the frequently asked questions section in those pages. The answers to those questions are comprehensive. If you want to find out about how to incorporate in New York, or register there as a foreign corporation (by filing an application for authority to conduct business in New York), their pages can be of assistance.

Business Registration

Forms are available for many of the common filings in New York at the Division of Corporations, State Records, and Uniform Commercial Code. There are also some excellent legal memorandum present, including one that does a great job of explaining what “doing business” in New York means in a legal context. Some of the most commonly used tax forms are also online at the Division of Taxation. For more information about requirements and filing a certificate of authority in New York, see the Division of Corporation’s answers to common questions section.


You shouldn't start a business in New York without first visiting the pages of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. There, it is recommended that you check out the Small Business Corner (link on bottom of page) for some really useful publications about starting a business, and keeping it going.


The pages of the New York Senate contain a great amount of information about Senate members, and allows you to review pending bills, look at press releases, and learn the Senate rules. You can also listen to, or watch the Senate live, in action (requires real player).