Business Registration Philippines

How to Register a Sole Proprietorship

Posted in General Information,How to Register by mariedelatorre on April 9, 2008
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If you’re a Filipino citizen, 18 years old & above, you can register a sole proprietorship.

What you should get, as a minimum:

  • Certificate of Business Name Registration – DTI
  • Certificate of Registration – your BIR Revenue District Office (RDO)
  • Mayor’s Permit – at your City Hall
  • Barangay Clearance – your barangay hal
  • SS Number (as an employer; or for yourself as self-employed) – SSS branch covering your area
  • Philhealth – Philhealth in Quezon City

What you need

  • Name of your business to be registered through DTI Business Name Registration System (BNRS)
  • Original & photocopy of proof of citizenship (e.g. PRC ID, birth certificate, voters ID, passport)
  • Signed copy of undertaking from DTI BNRS (see #2 below)
  • Payment of P300 for application (+P15 for documentary stamps)
  • 2 recent identical passport size picture (with signature of owner at the back)
  • For franchise holder: photocopy of franchise agreement, each page duly certified by the franchisor or franchisee
  • For franchise holder: photocopy of Business Name Certificate of franchisor


  • Visit DTI Business Name Registration System (BNRS). If unavailable, call DTI Direct (751-3330).
  • You will receive a Transaction Reference Number Acknowledgement email from DTI BNRS.
  • With all the supporting documents mentioned, proceed to DTI Office.

Final notes:

Your DTI registration has to be renewed every year. There’s a renewal fee of P300 and if you renew after 90 days from expiration, there’s a surcharge of P100.
Make at least 10 copies of your DTI Business Name Certificate, which you’ll need for other registrations and to open your business bank account.


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