FAQs - Online Help

A. How do I apply for a Business Name?

You may apply directly with the DTI office where your business will be located or through the online facility, Web-Enabled Business Name Registration System (WEBNRS) – http://www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph.

1. Choose a Business Name

We suggest you think of at least three business names in case your first preference cannot be registered.

If the name you have chosen is already similar or confusingly similar to a registered business name, your next preferred business name will be considered.

2. What is an acceptable business name?

In determining whether a proposed business name for registration is acceptable, the following factors shall be considered:

  • The root word or words of the name shall be considered. (e.g. "Island" instead of "Islander")
  • The business name should describe the nature of the business.
  • It should be comprised solely of any or all of the following:
    • Letters, numerals, and punctuation marks that are part of the English and Filipino language.

Names which are not acceptable:

  • Those which are or whose nature of business is illegal, offensive, scandalous, or contrary to propriety.
  • Those which are identical or nearly resemble business names already registered with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or any other government office authorized by law to register names, because these are likely to cause confusion or mistake in the minds of the public and prejudice the interest of the owner of the registered business name or firm name taking into consideration the following:

o    nature of the business

o    product/service handled

o    spelling, sound and meaning

o    use of dominant/descriptive words and

o    such other factors as maybe determined by the BTRCP Director

  • Names composed purely of generic words;
  • Name which by law or regulation cannot be appropriated;
  • Names, words, terms, or expressions used to designate or distinguish, or suggestive of quality of any class of goods, articles, merchandise, or service;
  • Names or styles used by the government in its governmental functions;
  • The names or abbreviation of names, of any nation, inter-governmental or international organization unless authorized by the competent authority of that nation, inter-governmental or international organizations;
  • Names which are deceptive, misleading or which misrepresent the nature of the business;
  • Such other names which in the opinion of the Director are undesirable or analogous to the above.

3. Search for a Business Name

An online search facility is provided in the WEBNRS for you to find registered business names in the Philippines. The search facility should not be used to determine the availability of a business name for registration.  This can only be determined at the time of lodgment of an application to register a business name.

There are two (2) search criteria available for the public, namely Begins With and Contains. You can conduct a search by typing the exact business name or a few words contained in a business name.

(It would be best to enter the name you have chosen in the space provided exactly as you would like it to be registered.) → for BN registration ang statement na ito

4. Register your Business Name

How do I complete the application?

Complete BTRCP Form No. 16. Information marked with an asterisk (*) is a required field to be filled out. Otherwise, you will receive an error message prompting you to fill them before the succeeding page is displayed.

5. Submit Documentary Requirements

The list of documentary requirements to be submitted to the proper DTI Office where your business is located is indicated in the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) Acknowledgement found in the last page of the online application form.

The TRN Acknowledgement form should be signed and submitted to DTI also.

6. Pay your Application

Payment of application fee can be made at the DTI office indicated in your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) acknowledgment form.

You have the option to pay through GCash.  (To avail of GCash services, you have to register with GLOBE).

Business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


B. What do I need to register my business name?

For Single Proprietorship

  1. Must be a Filipino citizen, at least 18 years old
  2. Filipinos whose names are suggestive of alien nationality must submit proof of citizenship such as birth certificate, PRC ID, voter's ID, passport

    (a) if the applicant has a foreign sounding name, acquired Filipino citizenship by naturalization, election or by other means provided by law, he must submit proof of his Filipino citizenship such as:

    o    Naturalization certificate and Oath of Allegiance,
    o    Affidavit of election or ID card issued by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, or
    o    Valid ID card issued by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) or Professional
         Regulatory Commission (PRC)


For Foreign Investor (Single Proprietorship)

  1. Photocopy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) updated the current year. Present original for comparison.
  2. Accomplished DTI Form No.17 under R.A. 7042.
  3. Current written appointment of Filipino Resident Agent.
  4. Clearance from other involved agencies such as Department of Science and Technology (DOST), PNP etc.
  5. In case of alien retailer, current year's permit to engage in retail business per R.A. 1180.

For Special Documentary Requirements

  • Copy of Certificate of Business Name Registration of the main office/establishment.
  • Bulk Sales Certificate, if the business name was obtained pursuant to Act No.3952 as amended, (The Bulk Sales Law) and Affidavit executed by the transferee-applicant
  • DTI Accreditation Certificate for applicants engaged in repair service covered by and pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1572 and its implementing Rules and Regulation, as amended.
  • DTI Accreditation Certificate for applicants engaged in importation, manufacture, sale or servicing of the fire extinguisher, supplies and equipment pursuant to Presidential Decree 721 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation, as amended.
  • DTI Bonded Warehouse License for applicants engaged in the business of "warehouse" as defined under Act 3893, as amended (Bonded Warehouse Act)
  • DTI issued Certificate of Authority for applicants engaging as merchandise or ship broker as defined under Act 2728 (Law on Brokerage Business)
  • Consent Agreement, or equivalent contract if a business is covered by a Franchise or similar agreement.
  • Affidavit executed by all compulsory heirs authorizing a representative to renew a business name under the name of the deceased registrant solely for the purpose of winding up the business operation
  • Deed of Sale, Assignment or Transfer, as the case may be, and a notarized written waiver from further use of the same business name, in cases contemplated
  • Affidavit executed by the applicant declaring his/her relationship with the deceased registrant within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity and a notarized consent and waiver executed by all the compulsory heirs or other legal heirs, in the absence of compulsory heirs
  • Affidavit executed by the registrant declaring that the purpose of registration is to perpetuate the memory of the deceased in his/her expertise or interest and a notarized consent and waiver executed by all the compulsory heirs or other legal heirs, in the absence of compulsory heirs
  • Such other documents required in this Order, those as may be required in subsequent laws and regulations and those which in the opinion of the Director are necessary to protect the interest of the government and the public.

The applicant shall undertake to execute the following:

  • Declare that all information supplied in the application filed are true and correct to the best of her/his belief and knowledge;
  • Declare that any false or misleading information supplied, or production of materially false or misleading document to support the application shall be a ground for the appropriate criminal, civil and/or administrative action against the registrant; and
  • Change and/or cancel the registered business name in the event that there is already another person, firm or entity lawfully using a similar or confusingly similar business name


The signatories of application for registration are as follows:

  • For individual applicants, the applicant himself; or by the person holding power of attorney for the him if the application is under a special power of attorney
  • If the application is signed by a person holding power of attorney for the applicant, the application shall be accepted provided that the original power of attorney is presented and a copy thereof submitted as part of the supporting documents.