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Trinidad and Tobago - Register a Business

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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 address of the Companies Registry listed below. 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 below.


Required Documents[edit]

List down the documents required for successfully completing the procedure.

1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Business Name Reservation/Registration

Companies Registry

Registration House

72-74 South Quay

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 624-1660

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

Registrar General's Office

Registration House

72-74 South Quay

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 624-1660

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays



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Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Application for Name Approval/Name Reservation Form -

Articles of Incorporation -

You can find other forms by following the link


Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

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Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document[edit]

Any person who wishes to incorporate a company in Trinidad and Tobago is required by law to register the business.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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