Philippine Business Name Registration Requirements

One of the first issues that one encounters when putting up a business in the Philippines is applying for a business name. The steps for applying for a business name in the Philippines are pretty easy. You just fill out a form, submit your Tax Identification Number, email, Zip Code, the business name application form, and pay the corresponding fee.

One particular item we need to discuss is the different requirements (documents, information etc.) we need to provide when applying for a business name. The list of requirements for a business name application is different for a single proprietorship (i.e. a business that has only one owner running it) and a corporation/partnership. Here’s what we need to register a business name for different types of businesses.

Let’s start with the most basic form of business, a sole proprietorship and its requirements for an application for a business name. The applicant for a business name should be at least 18 years old. The applicant for a business name of a sole proprietorship must be a Filipino citizen.

You will also be required to submit two ID pictures (size two inches by two inches, or your regular ID photo size). The photo should have been taken within one year of applying for the business name. You should place your signature at the back of each photo.

If the Filipino citizen’s name seems to be of foreign nationality he is to submit proof of his citizenship. Requirements to provide proof are documents like a birth certificate, PRC ID, and a voter’s ID. If the applicant for a business name is a naturalized citizen he must submit a Naturalization certificate and Oath of allegiance, an affidavit of election, or an ID card issued by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines or Professional Regulatory Commission.

Lastly, a business name applicant should pay a fee of Php 315 for processing and documentary stamp.

Now let’s move on to corporations, partnerships or cooperatives. Other than the above mentioned requirements, when applying for a business name we would need the following as standard requirements for corporations and partnerships. First would be a filled out application form. You would also need a photocopy of the SEC and CDA registrations. Applicants for a business name should also submit their articles of incorporation if they’re putting up a corporation, partnership, or cooperative.

You will also be required to submit a board resolution for the registration of the business name and the address of the business (i.e. if it is applicable — some businesses don’t have a fixed physical address). Lastly an applicant corporation for business name is required to pay Php 500 as a processing fee.

When putting up a business in the Philippines one must decide the type of business and submit the application requirements to apply for a business name.

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17 Comments

  1. Jane Frances V. Estrope

    Is a government employee allowed to apply for a Sole Proprietorship form of business? If so, can he appoint another person to manage the business?

  2. Philippines Jobs

    hopefully, the new elected officials will make a change for the better of the Filipino people and the trabaho industry. Let’s pray that Noy Noy will do a better job than GMA.

  3. Blanche

    Hello admin.

    Im planning to start a very small business. Im putting up my own brand name but will only be selling online. that means i wont have my own shop/store. Is this where im going to apply too? i really need help because i want everything to be legal and i want the brand name to be registered.

    thank you and hope to hear from you

  4. LoveRental

    Interesting writing! Are there any opinions that you might be able to voice in order to justify the first part a small amount further? thanks

  5. Ms. Sisi

    To Admin.

    Hello, I hope someone could answer my query.. I have an online business & I am in & out of the country. I have a foreigner friend who’s interested on setting up a business in Cagayan de Oro City Mindanao & hopefully expand in Manila. He’s never been to the Philippines but yet he’s very interested in setting up a business here. My question is. 1.What are the process as for him being a foreigner?
    2.What is he needed to start a business?
    3.What the requirements do he needed?
    4.What type of Visa do he need even though he’s just going in & out of the country?

    If there’s anything He need Please advice us.. Hope to hear from u soon.. Thank u:)

    Have a good day:)

  6. Allyson

    Hi. My mom and I are thinking of putting up a business, and I would like to know if the BRAND name (not business name, I have already checked that with DTI)we have in mind is already taken or not — where can I check this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  7. rochelle

    my fren wants to put up a training center here in the philippines what agency do we need to go

    dti because single proprietress
    it is need of poea licensed
    how about tesda??

    reply asap

  8. Liz Ibanez

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  9. Liz Ibanez

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  10. Liz Ibanez

    I am very grateful that you shared me a very reliable information that will help me and other Filipinos around who wanted to start their own businesses too.

  11. Liz Ibanez

    I am very grateful that you shared me a very reliable information that will help me and other Filipinos around who wanted to start their own businesses too.

  12. Liz Ibanez

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  13. Liz Ibanez

    I am very grateful that you shared me a very reliable information that will help me and other Filipinos around who wanted to start their own businesses too.

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