Registering your business’ name with the Department of Trade and Industry is the very first step to becoming the sole proprietor of your business, which gives you the sole right over the usage of your business name.
There are several options available when registering your business with DTI. You can visit the DTI regional or provincial office, the nearest Negosyo Center, or applying online via the Business Name Registration System. If you want to apply through walk-in, you can prepare by downloading the required business name registration forms here, which you can print and accomplish prior to your visit.
Other government agencies
In addition to the DTI, there are other government agencies you need to register with depending on the type of business you want to start. To make it easier to transact with other agencies, the Philippine Business Registry (PBR) serves as a one-stop shop for business registration.
Agencies you can transact with through PBR include:
For more information, visit PBR’s website here.
Any person who is at least 18 years old and not disqualified or restricted by any existing law to engage in business in the Philippines may apply for business name registration.
If filing through a representative, the person must present a valid government-issued ID and the required documents for the transaction.
Acceptable valid IDs
Original valid IDs that are accepted include:
– Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP ID)
– Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF ID)
– Philpost ID
– Philhealth ID
When to renew your registration
Business owners may apply for renewal three months before the expiration date or within three months after their registration has expired. If the application for renewal is filed within the last three months of expiration, a surcharge of 50% will be imposed.
Failure to file your renewal application beyond three months from the expiration date will be deemed “not filed,” resulting in the immediate cancellation of the Certificate of Business Name Registration from the records. Business owners with a cancelled certificate will need to apply for new registration.
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