Business Names

A Business Name is the name or style under which any business is carried on.

In Tanzania, They are registered under the Business Names (Registration) Act (Chapter 213 of the Laws) [R.E 2002]

A business name helps to identify your business and hence advertise it.

Business Names do not acquire Corporate personality after their registration.

People are not compelled by the law to use names in their business, but they are compelled to register them if they use names in their business.

Application for a Business Names

  1. Applicant has to fill an application form for registering a business name
    -For sole proprietor, fill form no.3
    -For firms fill form no.2
    -For bodies corporate, fill form no. 1
  2. A name clearance search is conducted
  3. Approval or refusal of the application.
  4. After payment of fee and if approved applicant is issued with certificate of Registration and an Extract with which the applicant can then open a bank account.

To change particulars in a business Name

-Applicant fills in form no 6
-After payment of fee, a Certificate of Change is issued alongside a new Extract.

To cease use of Business Name

-Applicant fills in form no.7 (Cessation Form)
-Attach original Certificate of Registration
-Payment of Cessation fee.

A Business name is registered within 8 working hours.