Establish a Philippine Company
    SINGLE PROPRIETORSHIP/ BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATION (APPLICATION TO BE FILED AT ANY NEAREST DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI) OFFICE OR THROUGH HTTP://WWW.DTI.GOV.PH) A. Requirements for Filipino Investors
      i. Must be a Filipino citizen, at least 18 years old ii. 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:
          - Naturalization certificate and Oath of allegiance, - Valid ID card issued by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) or Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)
      iii. Processing Fee of P300.00 and P15 Documentary Stamp
    B. Requirements for Foreign Investors (TO SUBMIT 5 COPIES)
      i. Interview sheet with interviewer’s findings and recommendation ii. Duly Accomplished Forms: iii. Form #16- Business Name Application Form #17- Foreign Investor’s Application iv. ID pictures (Passport Size)
        a. Foreign Investor - 7 copies b. Filipino resident agent -7 copies
      v. ACR / ICR, Special Investors Resident Visa (SIRV) or passport vi. Notarized Appointment of Filipino Resident Agent vii. For Non-Resident Alien : Proof of Inward Remittance of Foreign Currency with Peso Conversion For Resident: Bank Certificate of Deposit viii. Authority to verify Bank Accounts/Bank Certificate of Deposit ix. Certification from Resident Alien not seeking Remittance of Profits and Dividends Abroad x. If investment includes assets other than foreign exchange, copy of valuation report from Central Bank. xi. Clearance/Certification from other involved agencies
        ( ) PNP / DND - if engaged in defense-related activities ( ) DOST - if investment involves advanced technology
      xii. Fees/Charges - In Cash: For Business Name Registration Certificate
        a. Single Proprietorship - P300.00 b. Filing Fee - P500.00 c. Registration Fee - P5,000.00
      xiii. Biodata of Foreign Investor xiv. In case of alien retailer, current year’s permit to engage in retail business per RA 1180 (Amended by RA 8762 - Retail trade rationalization of 2000)

    Additional requirements on case-to-case basis depending on actual examination and processing of the application. (i.e., If business requires practice of profession: submit photocopy of Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) license or Integrated Bar of the Philippines membership and present original copy for comparison and contract of employment (If applicable)

    C. Procedure
      i.Check online (from a hyperlink at DTI Website: (http://www.dti.gov.ph) if the business name you like to register is still available. ii. Fill-out the application form (copies can be obtained from DTI-Field offices and also available online). Indicate at least three (3) preferred business names. iii. Submit application form together with the documentary requirements, and pay corresponding fees to appropriate DTI-field Offices (DTINCR for businesses within metro Manila or DTI-Provincial Offices for businesses outside the Metro Manila. Online lodgement of form is available to some DTI-field offices that have stable internet access. iv. After evaluation of the application form and documents, applicant will be advised accordingly (personally for those walk-in clients and an auto e-mail notification for those who lodged online. v. Issuance of Certificate of Registration
    D. Validity

    The Certificate of Business Name Registration is valid for 5 years and shall be valid only at the business address indicated thereon. In the event the registered owner thereof should opt to open branch offices within the Philippines, he must apply for separate registration for each of the branch office so established.

    Processing Time
    One (1) Day - Application filed at National Capital Region (NCR) And some online DTI-Field Offices Five (5) Working Days - Application filed in other at DTI-Field Offices
    Where to Register
    National Capital Region Business Center: AREA I- Manila, Pasay, Paranaque 2nd Flr., Park and Ride Lawton, Manila Tel. No. 536-7153 AREA II- Makati, Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas Unit 208 2nd Floor, Atrium Bldg., Makati Ave., Makati City Tel. No. 864-0847 or 864-0829 AREA III- Mandaluyong, Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan Ground Floor Highway 54 Plaza, Mandaluyong City Tel. No. 706-1767 or 706-1703 AREA IV- Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela 5th Floor, Araneta Square, Monumento, Caloocan City Tel. No. 362-7664 or 332-0854 For businesses outside of Metro Manila: Proper DTI Provincial Office where business is located.

    2.DOMESTIC STOCK CORPORATION A. Registration for Domestic Stock Corporation Stock Corporation Paid-Up: Cash Paid Up: Cash And Properties B. Registration for Domestic Non-Stock Corporations
    3. DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP (APPLICATION TO BE FILED AT SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION) A. General Partnership Documentary Requirements
      i. Name verification slip ii. Articles of Partnership iii. Written joint undertaking to change corporate name signed by two (2) incorporators/Directors iv. Clearance/endorsement from other government agencies, if applicable
    Application Procedure
      For Online Registration
        i. Verify/reserve proposed name via internet using SEC i-register ii. If reservation is complete, register the company via the internet using the SEC i-register. Note 1: File directly to SEC if clearance from other government agencies is required. iii. If online registration is completed, system prompts the applicant to pay the filing fees (online or through the SEC cashier) iv. Download/Print the Articles of Partnership v. Pays the required fee vi. Presents the signed and notarized documents to CRMD vii. Claims Certificate of Recording from Releasing Unit of HRAD
      Filed Directly With SEC
        i. Verify/reserve proposed name ii. Buy articles of partnership forms from Express Lane iii. Get endorsement from other government agencies if needed iv. Presents accomplished forms/docs for pre-processing at CRMD v. Pay filing fees to cashier vi. Claims Cert. Of Incorporation from the Releasing Unit, Records Division
    Processing Time
    Within 24 hours from filing

    B. Limited Partnership Documentary Requirements
      i. Name verification slip ii. Articles of Partnership iii. Written joint undertaking to change corporate name signed by two (2) incorporators/Directors iv. Clearance/endorsement from other government agencies if needed v. If it is a limited partnership, the word “limited” or “Ltd” should be added to the name. Articles of partnership of limited partnership should be under oath only (Jurat) and not acknowledged before a notary public
    Application Procedure
    Same as in General Partnership
    Processing time
    Within 24 hours from filing


Register as a Foreign Company
(APPLICATION TO BE FILED AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION) 1. BRANCH OFFICE Documentary Requirements
    i. Form F103 ii. Name Verification Slip iii. Authenticated copy of Board Resolution authorizing establishment of office in the Philippines designating resident agent and stipulating that in absence of such agent or upon cessation of business in the Philippines any summons may be served to SEC as if the same is made upon the corporation at its home office. iv. Financial Statements as of a date not exceeding one year immediately prior to the application certified by independent CPA of home country and authenticated before the Philippine Consulate/Embassy. v. Authenticated copies/Certified copies of the Articles of Incorporation/Partnership vi. Proof of inward remittance (US$200K) minimum vii. Resident Agent’s acceptance of appointment (if not signatory in application form)
Application Procedure
    i. Verify/reserve proposed name ii. Get F-103 form from CRMD iii. Present accomplished forms/docs for pre-processing at CRMD iv. Pay filing fees to cashier v. Claim license from Records Division
Processing time Within 3-5 days from filing
2. REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE Documentary Requirements
    i. Form F-104 ii. Name Verification Slip iii. Authenticated copy of Board Resolution authorizing establishment of office in the Philippines; designating resident agent & stipulating that in absence of such agent or upon cessation of business in the Phil. Any summons may be served to SEC as if the same is made upon the corporation at its home office. iv. Financial Statements as of a date not exceeding one year immediately prior to the application, certified by independent CPA of home country and authenticated before the Philippine consulate/embassy. v. Affidavit executed by the resident agent stating that mother office is solvent and in sound financial condition vi. Authenticated copies of Articles of Incorporation with an English translation if in foreign language other than English vii. Proof of inward remittance (US$30K) minimum such as bank certificate. viii. Resident Agent’s acceptance of appointment (if not signatory in application form)
Application Procedure
    i. Verify/reserve proposed name ii. Get F-104 form from CRMD iii. Present accomplished forms/docs for pre-processing at CRMD iv. Pay filing fees to cashier v. Claim license from Records Division
Processing time Within 2 days from filing
3. REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS/REGIONAL OPERATING HEADQUARTERS Documentary Requirements
    i. Application Form for RHQ/ROHQ ii. Name Verification Slip iii. Authenticated certification that foreign firm is engaged in international trade with affiliates, subsidiaries, or branch offices in the Asia Pacific region & other foreign markets. iv. Authenticated certification from principal officer of foreign entity that it was authorized by its Board of Directors or governing body to establish RHQ in the Philippines v. BOI endorsement indicating its approval of RHQ/ROHQ
Application Procedure
    i. Verify/reserve proposed name ii. Get application form from CRMD iii. Get BOI endorsement iv. Present accomplished forms/docs for pre-processing at CRMD v. Pay filing fees to cashier vi. Claim license from Records Division
Processing time Within 1 day from filing
4. FOREIGN PARTNERSHIP Documentary Requirements
    i. Name of verification slip ii. Get F-105 Form from CRMD iii. Articles of Partnership iv. Written joint undertaking to change corporate name signed by two (2) incorporators/Directors v. Clearance/endorsement from other govt. agencies, if applicable. vi. Proof of remittance of foreign partners (only for those partners who want to register their investments with BSP)
Application Procedure
    i. Verify/secure proposed name ii. Buy articles of Partnership forms from the Express lane iii. Get FIA Form 105 from CRMD iv. Get endorsement of other government agencies, if needed v. Presents accomplished forms/docs for pre-processing at CRMD vi. Pay filing fees to cashier vii. Claims Certificate of Incorporation from releasing Unit, Records Division.
Processing time Within 24 hours from filing