Registering a Business Name Online

Introduction

A business is a trade or lawful activity or profession, carried on for gain or profit by an individual or by two or more persons, (whether natural persons or legal persons( i.e., companies or corporations or a combination of the two).

A business name is the name or style under which any business is carried on, whether in partnership or otherwise. It is the business name which is required to be registered by law, not the business.

The Registration Process

The business name must be registered online using the TTBizlink e-Company Registration Service. To enrol for the TTBizlink e-Company Registration Service, visit the TTConnect website to complete and submit one of the following forms:

  • Form A - for natural persons conducting their own transactions
  • Form B - for companies/corporations authorising employees to transact their business

For assistance, email the TTBizLink Help Desk at support.ttbizlink@gov.tt.

Using the TTBizlink e-Company Registration Service, the business name registration process must be completed as follows.

Step 1: Check availability of Business Name
  • Complete and submit electronically the Application for Name Approval/Name Reservation.
  • Pay the prescribed fee of twenty TT dollars ($20.00).

Processing time: Within seventy- two (72) hours.

Once the business name is available, the application will be approved and a notification of the decision of the Registrar will be sent via email. This information can also be received via text message at a cost of one TT dollar ($1.00), VAT exclusive..

Note: Step 2 must be completed within forty-five (45) days, i.e., before the name reservation expires..

Step 2: Obtain approval for filing the Registration documents
  • Complete and submit electronically the Application for Registration of Business Name (uploaded to the application must be a copy of one form of identification, i.e. a passport, national ID card or driver’s license, of each proprietor of the business).

The registration particulars will be pre-checked and approved-in-principle by the Registrar. A notification of the decision of the Registrar will be sent via email. This information can also be received via text message, at a cost of one TT dollar ($1.00), vat exclusive.

Processing time: Within forty-eight (48) hours.

Step 3: Pay the Cost of Registering
  • Pay the prescribed fee of two hundred and twenty TT dollars ($220.00).
Step 4: Deliver the Registration Documents to the Registrar
  • Print and sign the Application for Registration of Business Name
  • Print the payment receipt
  • Visit a TTPost office and purchase two legal- sized track packs; one self-addressed and one addressed to:
    The Registrar General's Department,
    Companies Registry,
    AGLA Tower, Government Plaza,
    Corner of London and Richmond Streets,
    Port of Spain.
  • Enclose the self-addressed envelope, the original signed form and the copy of the payment receipt in the envelope addressed to the Registrar General's Department and mail it.

    The Certificate of Incorporation will be couriered in the self-addressed envelope via TTPost.

Payment Methods

  • E-Payment
    Electronic Payment can be made online, with a valid credit card or visa debit card, using the Companies Registry Payment Portal.
  • Subscription Account Payment
    Subscription Account Payment can be made by selecting this payment option when completing the Name Approval/Name Reservation or Company Incorporation Application online (as applicable).