Requirements for a DTI Permit: How to Register Your Business Name

Venus Zoleta

Venus Zoleta

Last updated July 12, 2023

What’s in a name? In a business, a lot. Your business name is your company’s branding.

A business without a name doesn’t have an identity customers can remember. Moreover, two businesses with identical names can confuse potential customers and put all marketing efforts to waste.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) encourages every entrepreneur to get a Certificate of Business Name Registration. In 2022, business name registrations hit an all-time high, with 932,097 recorded business names.[1]

Aside from coming up with a name for your new business, you have to go through the DTI business name registration process as part of the requirements for a DTI permit.

Why You Need to Register Your Business Name with the DTI

Under the Business Name Law (Republic Act 3883), it's illegal for anyone to use any name for a business other than the owner's true name without first registering the business name with the DTI.

Securing your business name will guarantee you the legal and exclusive right to use it within its validity period (renewable every five years). No other business can register or use your business name in the barangay, city or municipality, region, or country, depending on your business location coverage.

However, note that business name registration is different from business permit application. The DTI registration provides legal identity to a business and is not a license or permit to run a business. To operate a business, you'll need to secure a business permit and other related documents from the local government unit where your business is located.

Find everything you need to know about DTI business registration in the Philippines below.

Who Can Apply for DTI Business Registration?

You may apply for DTI business name registration if you meet these eligibility criteria:

  • Filipino citizens and foreign nationals at least 18 years old (Foreign nationals aged below 18 must submit proof that they come from a country where the legal age is lower than 18.)
  • Refugee or stateless persons

A representative may file your application for DTI business registration by submitting your authorization letter as a business name applicant, his or her valid ID, and other required documents.

DTI Business Registration Requirements for a DTI Permit in 2023

What are the requirements for DTI registration? What are the DTI permit requirements for small businesses, new ones, and everything in between? 

All applicants (except for those filing their application online) must download, print, and fill out two copies of the Business Name Registration Form[2] and present any of the following valid IDs:

  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • UMID
  • PRC ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance (in ID form)
  • Postal ID
  • Voter's ID
  • Seaman's Book
  • IBP ID
  • Senior citizen ID
  • PWD ID
  • Government office ID
  • Validated state college/university ID

There may be additional DTI registration requirements depending on the applicant:

  • For foreign nationals: Alien Certificate of Registration and Certificate of Registration for Sole Proprietorship/Certificate of Authority to Engage in Business in the Philippines issued by the concerned DTI office
  • For refugees/stateless people: Certificate of Recognition issued by the DOJ-RSPPU or Certificate of Recognition

Foreigners, refugees, and stateless people who apply for DTI business registration online still need to submit the documents listed above at any DTI office.

💸 How Much is the DTI Registration Fee in 2023?

The DTI registration price varies per business territorial scope:[3]

  • Barangay: ₱200
  • City/Municipality: ₱530
  • Regional: ₱1,030
  • National: ₱2,030

Note: Late filing of DTI business name registration incurs an additional 50% charge. 

How to Register a Business Name With the DTI

How to apply for and get a DTI permit? How to register a business with the DTI? Learn about it below. 

📌 DTI Online Registration Procedure

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You can file your DTI business name registration and submit the requirements for a DTI permit online through the Business Name Registration System (BNRS) portal.

Here are the steps to register your business name online:

  1. Access the Registration page[4] of the BNRS site. Go to and read the Terms and Conditions. When you're done, click the I Agree button at the bottom of the page.
  2. Fill out the online registration form. Fields marked with a red asterisk must not be left blank. Your tax identification number (TIN) must also be provided on the online form.
  3. Pay the business name registration fee within seven calendar days from the online application date.
  4. Upon successful payment transaction, you'll receive the Certificate of Business Name Registration via email.
  5. Once your payment is confirmed, click on Register New Business to complete the online DTI registration of your business name.

How to Pay for DTI Registration Fee Online

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Paying for the DTI registration fee can now be done online. To process your registration payment, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Transaction Inquiry module ( under the Business Name Services.
  2. Confirm and agree to the terms and conditions by clicking the button I Agree.
  3. Input the Reference Code of your transaction.
  4. Choose the Search button to look for your business name. Click on your business name, which appears in a blue hyperlink.
  5. You’ll be redirected to the Transaction Summary page. At the bottom of the page, click on Resume to edit or complete your payment transaction.
  6. You will then be redirected to the Payment Details page where you can choose from any of the available payment options (GCash, Maya, and credit/debit card).

Once the DTI payment has been successfully completed, you’ll receive a Certificate of Business Name Registration (CBNR) and an Official Receipt (OR) in the email you provided during the registration. 

📌 Walk-in/Over-the-Counter Application for DTI Registration

Although it's more convenient to apply for a DTI permit online via the BNRS portal, you may opt to file your business name registration personally. Here's how:

  1. Go to any DTI office or Negosyo Center.[5]
  2. Submit all the requirements for a DTI permit. Make sure to have a list of backups in case your three proposed business names are already taken.
  3. Pay the business name registration fee.
  4. Once the DTI approves your business name, it will issue a Certificate of Business Name Registration to you.

Keep your business name document because it's one of the most important documents you’ll need to register your business at the municipal office and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

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How to Update Your Business Name Information

Your DTI-registered business name is valid for five years, but there will be instances when you need to modify some information related to your business. In this case, check out the BNRS website ( and click on the Business Name Services tab then choose Update Information.

👉 What Business Information Can be Changed?

You can change the details of your business only if your registration has not expired or has not been canceled previously. Apply online or physically in any DTI branch for the change of the following details only:

  • Business address
  • Capitalization - Should there be instances when names and other nouns in the registration were erroneously entered as lowercase letters.
  • Line of business - This portion can be changed only if the new proposed line of business is in line with the existing one and relevant to the approved business name. Otherwise, if the line of business is not applicable to your chosen business name, a new application for registration will be necessary.
  • Products and services
  • Name of the registrant - In case the name of the registrant should be changed following marriage or any judicial process, the change should be supported by an original copy of the marriage certificate or any document that could verify the judicial decree.

👉 Who Can Change the Business Information?

Changes in the information of an existing business can be done by the proprietor. All documents required for the application for change should be signed by the registered business owner. If the request for change is filed before the registration expires, then a Certificate of Change will be issued as a supplementary document to the Certificate of Registration.

For single proprietors, the application can be done online. Juridical persons who apply for change must bring or submit a board resolution or any other equivalent document.

Once the application for change is submitted, it will be subject to the approval of DTI and shall be issued once payment has been made.

👉 What are the Requirements for a Change in Business Name Information?

The following documents should be submitted for any of the changes applied for below:

Additional line of business

  • Single Proprietorship
    • Letter of request for an additional line of business
    • Photocopy of the business name certificate
  • Corporation or Partnership
    • Board resolution which indicates the request for an additional line of business
    • Certified true copy of the company’s amended articles of incorporation

Change of address

  • Single Proprietorship
    • Letter of request for an additional line of business
    • Photocopy of the business name certificate
  • Corporation/Partnership
    • Board resolution requesting for the change of address
    • Certified true copy of the amended articles of incorporation (if applicable)
    • Copy of the notification letter (duly received by SEC) informing SEC of the change of address
    • Photocopy of the BN certificate


How to Renew Your Business Name with DTI

Your registered business name will expire after five years. Should you wish to retain the name, you need to renew your business name with DTI.

Here are the steps and requirements for DTI renewal in 2023:

  1. Under the Business Name Services, click on Renewal. Once you’ve read and understood the terms and conditions listed on this page, click on I Agree.
  2. Input your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or Reference Code then click search. You should find your current business name in the search results.
  3. Once you found your business name, click on it and you’ll be redirected to the Transaction Summary page.
    • Click on Next.
    • Wait for the confirmation pop-up to appear. You’ll see Renew Only and Update Scope and Renew. If all your business details are the same, you can click on the Renew Only option, and you’ll automatically proceed to Step 5. If you choose Update Scope and Renew, you’ll be asked to proceed to the next step.
    • During the renewal of your business name, you can update your residential address and email address. You can also update your business address as long as it is within the territorial scope of your business name.
  4. Choose the new Territorial Scope. In the validation, provide your Dominant Name and then choose the appropriate Business Name Descriptor by inputting the keywords and describing the exact nature of your business. After inputting the Dominant Name and Descriptor, click the Check Name Availability button. Once validated, you can click the Next button.
  5. On the regular Renewal page, review the details of the registration. Make sure your email address, business address, and residential address are updated. Under the Philippine Standard Industrial Classification field, choose the best descriptor that suits your business.
  6. Once you’re done with the updates and review, click on Next and the Regular Renewal Summary page will show.
  7. Review the details and click on Next. You should see a pop-up that contains your new Reference Code. Take note of the code because this will be required in all your transactions with BNRS.
  8. Conform to the Undertaking then click on Proceed. You may now download the Undertaking and save it on your device.
  9. Proceed to the payment section to pay the 2023 DTI renewal fee. Among the payment options will be DTI Teller, LANDBANK Link.BizPortal, Maya, GCash, and credit or debit card. Choose the payment channel and complete the DTI payment process. You’ll be given up to seven calendar days to complete the payment. If payment is not made, the BN application will not be processed. 


Requirements for DTI Permit: FAQs

1. What is a business name?

A business name is any name you use to connect with your business. It refers to the word or words that your potential customers can associate with your products and services. Even a franchise business requires the franchiser to come up with a distinct trade name.

A unique and duly registered and trademarked business name can truly create an impact. For instance, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in a dispute with a Filipino entrepreneur after discovering that a DTI registration application was submitted for the term Archewell Harvatera.[6] The application was opposed by Harry and Meghan’s Cobblestone Lane LLC.

2. What is the difference between a business name and a trade name?

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Often, we think that the common name of a business is the same as its legal name. But it doesn’t always work that way. 

Some entrepreneurs choose a more formal name as a business name and a witty term to serve as their trade name. A trading name is also called a brand name, which is often used for advertising and marketing purposes.

A business name is what you should use in all legal documents related to the business. Choose a business name that has a strong recall, so you don’t have to find a different trading name to use for marketing.

3. What is a trademark and when should I apply for one?

Your DTI permit doesn’t guarantee that copycats won’t use your business name for their benefit. The DTI permit primarily allows you to use the name to conduct a business, but it doesn’t necessarily prevent others from imitating your logo or any other identifying marks that relate to your business.

In theory, DTI registration secures the exact business name from being entirely copied by others. However, a trademark from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL)[7] ensures that a product, name, or identifier will be exclusive to your registered business.

You can seek to protect your logo, name, and product using your DTI registration. IPOPHIL will require all the details of your initial application with DTI before you can apply for a trademark.

4. How do I create a business name in the Philippines?

Again, the business name is your trade’s permanent identity, so plan how you want it to be called. DTI requires a business name to have two portions:

  1. A dominant portion consists of words, a phrase, or a combination of letters and numbers.
  2. A descriptor refers to the word or group of words intended to describe the nature of your business.

In the business name “Glenda’s Ihaw Ihaw,” for example, we can say that the dominant portion is the term Ihaw Ihaw, which is a strong recall for many, while the descriptor is Glenda’s, simply because it serves as the modifier of the dominant word.

Filipinos’ creativity goes beyond a dominant and a descriptor. With overflowing humor, Pinoys coin the funniest and most memorable names possible—from Libing Things as a name of a funeral parlor to Mami Pakyaw which refers to a noodle business.

5. How do I choose the right business name?

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To make the process a lot faster and easier, follow these DTI guidelines when deciding on your proposed business name:

  • Must describe the nature of your business - Assess what category your business belongs to and trim down your options. For instance, if you’re planning to sell rice, you can choose to use the words Bigas, Bigasan, Rice, or any other related term as a dominant portion. 
  • Must consist of any alphabet, number, and/or punctuation mark in English or Filipino
  • Must not be similar to an existing trademark, such as “Anne Dok’s Lechon,” “Jolibee,” and "Starbax Café”
  • Must not be too generic, such as “The Coffee Shop” for a café business
  • Must have no abbreviation of a government agency or international organization, such as NBI Private Investigation Services, DTI Trading, UNESCO Marketing, WHO Health Services, etc.
  • Must not be used for illegal and offensive business, such as Popoy's Jueteng Betting Place, Boobs Massage and Spa, etc.
  • Must not be suggestive of the quality of any product or service, such as Best Taho Factory, A-1 Auto Repair Shop, etc.
  • Must not mislead or misrepresent the nature of the business, such as a business name carrying another person's name, "ABC Construction Services" where the nature of business is recruitment, etc.

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Final Thoughts

Knowing the requirements for a DTI permit is one of the first things determined entrepreneurs should do. A name gives your small business a face that makes it distinct from competitors. 

From there, brace yourself for bigger challenges ahead. Don’t think for a minute that this will be the first and last time you’ll have to deal with DTI business registration. Because your registered business name is valid for five years only, renew it with the DTI before it expires.

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Venus has almost 20 years of combined experience in content marketing, SEO, corporate communications, and public relations. Most of her career was spent creating informative articles on personal finance and digital marketing. She also invests in stocks, mutual funds, VUL, and Pag-IBIG MP2. Venus graduated cum laude with a Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. A hardcore Hallyu Tita, she loves bingeing Korean shows on Netflix while bonding with her cats. Follow Venus on LinkedIn.


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