Registering Proprietorships & Partnerships

Registering a proprietorship or partnership is a two-step process.

Step 1 – Request a Business Name

The first thing to do in requesting a name for your partnership / proprietorship is to search the name choice database to see if it is available.

Even though a name appears available at the time of your search, requests that are too similar to the name of an existing company or deemed offensive will not be approved when filed. As such, you will be asked to provide three different name choices, ranked in order of your preference, in order to have a higher likelihood of approval.

Review the name approval request instructions for more detailed information on name restrictions.

Once your name request is approved, it is reserved for a period of 56 calendar days. After 56 days it will expire and you will need to re-submit and pay the name request fee again.

How to submit a name approval request

There is a fee of $30 for a name request. There is an additional service charge of $1.50 if you are submitting the request through BC OnLine. 

Online

You can submit your name approval request by visiting the Name Request Online page and following the steps. If you’re an account holder, you can also submit your request at BC OnLine.

In Person

Complete a Name Approval Request Form and take it to your local Service BC Centre, along with cash, debit or credit card. 

You can also file a name request at any OneStop Service location.

By Mail

Submit your completed Name Approval Request form, along with a cheque or money order, payable to the Minister of Finance to the address listed on the sidebar.

Please note, it typically takes an additional two weeks for Name Request applications to be processed through the mail. 

 

Step 2 – Register Your Business

After you have completed the name approval process and received your Name Request (NR) number, you can register your proprietorship or partnership.

You will need to complete one of these forms, depending on the type of business you are registering:

How to submit a business registration 

There is a fee of $40.00 to register your business, regardless of it being done online, in person or by mail. There is an additional service charge of $1.50 if you are submitting the request through BC OnLine. 

Online

You can register your partnership / proprietorship online at the OneStop Business Registry website. This is the fastest way of registering your business.

In Person

Complete the appropriate Statement of Registration form and bring it to your local Service BC Centre, along with cash, debit or credit card.

You can also register in person at any OneStop Service location.


By Mail

It typically takes two weeks for submissions to reach the Corporate Registry office by mail. Your statement of registration must reach the Corporate Registry office prior to your Name Reservation expiry date (56 days after approval). If not, you will be required to reapply for the NR and pay the name approval fee again.

To register by mail, fill out the appropriate Statement of Registration form and submit it, along with a cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Once your request reaches our office, it normally takes five working days to process your Statement of Registration. A certified copy of your Statement of Registration will be returned to you by mail. If you do not receive your certified copy within four weeks, contact BC Registries and Online Services Registries at 1-877-526-1526.

 

“Doing Business As" Registration

If you would like to keep your organization registered under its existing name, but operate using a different name, you can register a Doing Business As (DBA) name. To register a DBA you will need to register it to an existing organization (i.e. corporation, society or partnership).

The process for registering a DBA is a two-step process:

Step 1 – Request a Business Name
Step 2 – Register a “Doing Business As” Name

After you have completed the name approval process and received and Name Request (NR) number, you can register it as the operating name for your organization by submitting one of the two forms below depending on the type of your business.

 

How to submit a DBA registration

In Person

Complete the appropriate Statement of Registration form and take it to any Service BC Centre, along with cash, debit or credit for the processing fee of $40.00. 


By Mail

Submit your completed Statement of Registration form, along with a cheque or money order for $40.00, payable to the Minister of Finance.

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Contact Information

Phone lines are open Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

Telephone: 1-877-526-1526 within Canada and USA
Alternate
Telephone:
250-387-7848 outside of Canada & USA
Street
Address:
940 Blanshard Street, 2nd floor – Room 200, Victoria, BC V8W 3E6
Mailing
Address:
PO Box 9431 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC, V8W 9V3
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