Registering a "Doing Business As" (DBA) Name

An organization wanting to keep their existing name, but operate under another, can register an operating or "doing business as" (DBA) name. This option is available to all organizations except sole proprietorships.

1. Request and Reserve a Business Name

You will be asked to provide three different name choices, ranked in order of your preference. Once your name request is approved, it is reserved for a period of 56 calendar days to give you time to complete the next steps.

Select proprietorship or partnership as the type of name request. Even though the requesting organization may be a corporation or society, the resulting new business with the "doing business as" (DBA) name will be a proprietorship or partnership.

2. Register Your DBA

After you have completed the name approval process and received a Name Request (NR) number, you are ready to register the business with the "doing business as" name. The fee for registration is $40.

Online Registration

Registering your DBA online using OneStop Business Registry means your registration form is automatically submitted to us. You can also complete other registrations you may need at the same time.

Use a Paper Form

If you are unable to complete an online registration, complete one of the following forms and submit your form in person or by mail.

In Person: Take your completed Statement of Registration form to your local Service BC Centre or OneStop Service location, along with cash, debit or credit card.

By Mail: Send your completed Statement of Registration form  along with a cheque or money order (made payable to the Minister of Finance) to the address on the form.

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

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 at 1-877-526-1526.