Apply for a State ID
If you don’t already have a state ID, you’ll need to apply for one. Visit the US Department of Labor’s website office search page (link in reference section) and enter your zip code; the site will direct you to your closest labor office—see screenshot to right, click to enlarge.
Most state offices have downloadable forms to apply for an employer ID number which is NOT your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) from the Internal Revenue Service; however, you will need your FEIN when applying for a state ID number.
Download, print and fill out the form and mail, email or fax it based on instructions (some states allow you to apply online) and you’ll receive a number via email or snail mail. If you’re a new business owner, this is one of the must-have license numbers you must apply for: As soon as your obtain your FEIN, if you will hire even one employee, apply for the number as soon as possible.
Once the application process is completed, you will receive a wage reporting booklet that includes pre-filled forms showing the name of your business, address, FEIN and state employer ID number. If you don’t receive your booklet by the end of the first quarter you need to begin reporting wages, again, most state DOL offices allow you to download a blank form.