Suffolk County Clerk Departments & Services

Partnership

If you are conducting business as a partnership where there is more than one filer (2 or more), you must complete and file a Certificate of Conducting Business As Partners form. For your convenience, form completion and filing instructions are located on the Forms page at http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/CountyClerk/BusinessOnline/Forms.aspx.

A business or partnership must file a business certificate in all counties in which it conducts or transacts business, not just in the county where its offices are located. Such filing generally initiates in the county where the business address is located.

There are certain statutory restrictions regarding what you may use as a business name; not all submitted names or titles are permissible. See General Business Law #130 (GBS) for additional information.

An attorney-in-fact or agent may not sign on behalf of an individual or partner filing a business.

The terms "limited”, "LTD", "INC" or "CORP" cannot be used for either of these certificates as they imply that the business is incorporated. If you wish to incorporate, this must be processed through the Department of State in Albany, the form required is a T-339. You may contact them at (518) 473-2492 or on the web at http://www.dos.ny.gov.

If you are purchasing an existing business registered with the County Clerk and wish to keep the same name, the previous owner(s) need to file a Certificate of Discontinuance of Business form before you register your business certificate.

An attorney-in-fact or agent may not sign on behalf of an individual or partner filing a business.

The terms "limited”, "LTD", "INC" or "CORP" cannot be used for this certificate as they imply that the business is incorporated. If you wish to incorporate, this must be processed through the Department of State in Albany, contact them at (518) 473-2492 or on the web at http://www.dos.ny.gov.