All businesses – Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies – must complete the first step in the process, the reservation of a business name. The second step is different for Limited Liability Companies (LLC), which file articles of incorporation.
Step 1: Business Name Reservation
To register a business name your first step is to fill out an Application for Name Approval/Name Reservation Form and submit it to the Companies Registry. A copy of the form can be obtained here. The fee for this process is TT$25.00.
The Business Name Act prohibits the registration of identical names, so you can’t register a business name that another company is already using. You can search the business names public record at the Companies Registry. This will tell you if someone is already using the name you have selected and where the business is located. There are several different search options you may wish to pursue. Each name search costs TT$20.00.
Step 2: Registering your Business Name
If you plan to operate as a sole proprietor or a limited liability company, you will need to complete and file the Registration of a Business Name form. This form is to be submitted to the Companies Registry with the applicable fees.
For a Limited Liability Company (LLC), once you have a name reserved you will have to file Articles of Incorporation. You can download and fill out an Articles of Incorporation form by following the link below.