How to Register a Business in the Philippines?

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First. The applicant should be at least eighteen (18) years old. Apply for a name at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). To begin with, secure at least three (3) to five (5) business names then check your desired business name to DTI and visit

Second. Print the approved name for submission to DTI, you may also check their website to locate DTI office near you. Please take note that there are some instances that your business name will be disapproved by the DTI examiner, make sure to bring your patience along with you. You may try to consider the secondary business names.

Third. At the DTI get an application form, please bring two (2) pcs of 2 x 2 identical color photos of the applicant with fresh signature at the back. The photos should have been taken at least a year when you apply.

Forth. At the DTI, it is necessary to present your proof of citizenship. If your family name sounds foreign, they may inspect your passport (please bring it along, it might come in convenient). If your business is for practice of profession (medical doctor, lawyer, accountant etc.)  you will be required to present a photocopy of your license from the Philippine Regulatory Commission.

Fifth. If all are approved by the DTI examiner, you may proceed to payment. Amount of DTI Registration Certificate will vary depending on the scope of registration, as follows:

Scope Amount
Barangay Php 200.00
City/Municipality Php 500.00
Regional Php1,000.00
National Php2,000.00

Sixth. Upon payment, DTI will have issued you a Certificate of Registration.

You may now start your registration with the local government where your business is located.  We will also post how to register with local government.


Disclaimer: New and subsequent DTI rulings, issuances and/or laws may render the whole or part of the article obsolete or inaccurate. For more information, please inquire or consult with the DTI.