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Registering a Business in Idaho

Follow these steps to establish your business in Idaho. All businesses, including home based ones, need to register their name and entity type with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office before engaging in business.

Step 1: Choose Your Business Legal Structure

You may want to consult with an attorney before choosing a legal structure, particularly if more than one person will own the business. (The information on this site does not replace legal advice provided by an attorney.) The legal entity form affects tax reporting dates and methods, so the assistance of an accountant may also be needed.

More Info on Business Legal Structures

Step 2: Register Your Business Name and Entity

After you choose your legal structure, you need to register it. Business names and entity types are registered with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office before engaging in business activities. If the business will be an LLC or corporation, the name is registered as a part of the entity registration. Sole proprietorships and partnerships file an Assumed Business Name, also called a DBA.

Business registrations are public records. Information included on the registration form, including your name and address, will be available to the public. You must be 18 years old to register a business.

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Step 3: Register With State Agencies

If the business will have employees, make retail sales or provides lodging, it also registers with the Idaho State Tax Commission. Idaho Industrial Commission, and Idaho Department of Labor by filing Form IBR-1. This form is required in addition to registering the business name and legal structure. If you will not have employees, make retail sales or are not engaged in the lodging industry, do not complete this form. For details see Idaho Business Registration below.

If you are an out-of-state employer with one or more employees living or working in Idaho, contact us for direction on how to proceed.

Form IBR-1 Idaho Business Registration

Optional Step 4: Apply For a Business License

Business Licenses are issued by local city clerk’s offices, not the state.  Contact your city clerk’s office to find out if you need one. Check here for a list of city clerk offices in Idaho.