Business Registration Information Resources

Register Your Business Name Easily

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Generic DIY Company Formation documents allow you to create and administer to your own Business Name Registration application.

DIY Documents are easy to use and are downloaded for completion before you submit them to the CRO.

Generic DIY Business Registration documents are suitable for the majority of Sole Trader, Partnership or Company trading as registration situations but you can tailor them  to suit your individual circumstance if required.

You can of course seek to use the services of a solicitor, company registration agent or other professional to start your new business and we would stress that if you are uncertain with regard to any aspect of business registration (although you should be able to find information on this website to help you) or have any unusual or special requirements, that you do indeed seek independent professional advice.

 If however you want to save money and time to create your own Business Documents and administer to the process yourself (it is a relatively simple process) then consider using generic DIY Law documents.


Decide which type of entity you are then proceeed to make application to the CRO for registration of that type of Business Name Registration.

Sole Trader

You are a single individual, sole person trading or proposing to trade under a name that is not your own name. This category applies to you and is the most frequently used category of business name registered.


You are two or more individuals trading under a business name that is not your individual names. This category applies to you. Once your partnership name is registered, ask us about drafting a Partnership Agreement to keep everything on the straight and narrow between you all!

A Company Registering a Trading Name

So you have a trading name or maybe a number of different trading/marketing names that your business  would like to "trade as" or indeed already does. This applies to you then. Legislation imposes the requirement to register all such trading names.


Frequently Asked Business Name Registration Questions

Who can register a business name?

Any individual i.e sole trader, or a number of persons i.e. partners coming together to form a partnership or a company seeking to use a trade name to trade as - t/a.

Who should register a business name?

Any individual i.e sole trader, partnerships or companies trading as anything other than their own names is obliged by law to register that trading/ business name.

Is a Business Name a Separate Legal Entity

No. The registration of a business name does not result in the creation of an entity with separate legal personality. It is obligatory if any individual or partnership (whether composed of individuals or bodies corporate or any combination of both) or any body corporate carries on business under a name other than their own true names. Its purpose is to make public the identities of those individual(s), partnerships or corporate bodies being the legal entity behind the business name. 

What Do I need to do?

First of all you will need to complete the Business Name registration application and file that with the CRO. Once your business name has been registered draft any supporting legal documents that you need to support your new business e.g. partnership agreements, business terms, contracts etc.

How Long does it Take at the CRO?

Time frames vary at the CRO and are dependant on volumes etc. but the turnaround time from the date of receipt is approximately 10 working days to have a registration number allocated.

When Do I get My Business Name Certificate of Registration?

The Business Registration Certificate will be sent to your contact address  once it has been issued by the CRO.

What about Tax Registration for my new business, Is this a separate process  ?

Yes, tax registration is a separate process from that of registering your new business name. Tax registration will generally be completed  after your new business registration details have been allocated.