How to Register Your Business in North Dakota

Is your company hiring an employee in North Dakota, but based in another state? Learn how to register your business in just a few simple steps.

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There aren’t many people in North Dakota, relatively speaking. In fact, it’s one of the least populous states in the country, and 90% of the land is given over to farming. But those who do live in The Peace Garden State enjoy spectacular vistas of grasslands, badlands, and wheat fields. Not only that, but residents enjoy the state’s low taxes, friendly culture, and clear starry nights. So, chances are, if your next employee is a North Dakotan, they won’t want to leave. Fortunately, in this era of remote work, collaborating across state lines is easy.

Bringing on a new employee can be exciting, but there’s often a lot to do as well. You want to onboard your new hire as quickly and smoothly as possible to ensure their success at your organization. But before you get started with onboarding, you’ll need to register your company with the state of North Dakota.  

Register your business in North Dakota in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to register with the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner via the Taxpayer Access Point.  After you’ve signed up, you will be mailed an authorization code which is required the first time you log on.
  2. Next, you’ll need to create an account with UI EASY, Job Service North Dakota’s unemployment insurance employer account system.

You should receive your Withholding Account Number within one week of registering. You’ll receive your Employer Account Number within three weeks of registering online. Once you’ve received your account number, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes online. Remember, in general, you are responsible for paying an unemployment tax once you’ve paid $1500 in wages in a single calendar quarter, or employed someone for a portion of a day in 20 different weeks in a calendar year.

If you need additional support, Taxpayer Access Point has a useful FAQ section.


Interested in expanding your team outside of the US as well? Pilot specializes in managing international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, in one secure platform. Our team of HR and payroll experts is happy to guide you through any questions ✨

To learn more about Pilot, request a demo with one of our experts.


⚖️ Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


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