Follow these steps to prepare the information you need to register a trade name or partnership and receive a registration statement.
Service providers will charge a government fee and a service fee to register your business name.
Registry agent product catalogue (PDF, 25 pages)
Step 1: Choose a business name
Although there are few restrictions on a business name, you should choose your name carefully.
- business names don’t have to be unique; duplicate business names may exist
- but, if you choose a name that is the same as, or similar to, an existing business name, corporation name, or trademark, the owners could take your business to court. You may have to change your name or pay damages to the owners
- you can’t use the words 'limited', 'incorporated' or 'corporation' at the end of your business name, since that would imply you are running a corporation
- you also can’t use the abbreviated forms of these words - Ltd., Inc., or Corp., or the French forms/abbreviations of those words
- if you’re registering a limited liability partnership, you need to include 'limited liability partnership' or the abbreviation 'LLP' at the end of the name, or you can use the French terms 'Société à Responsabilité Limitée' or 'SRL'
Step 2: Get a Business Name Report
This step is recommended, but not mandatory.
The report contains registered business, corporation and trademark names that are similar to your proposed business name.
The report is provided by authorized NUANS members.
Step 3: Fill out the forms
Trade name/sole proprietorship
If you are registering a trade name or sole proprietorship, use the Declaration of Trade Name (PDF, 2 pages)
If you are registering a partnership, use the Declaration of Partnership (PDF, 2 pages) and, if needed, the Special Authority to Execute a Declaration (PDF, 2 pages).
Other partnership types
If you are registering other partnership types, you can use one of our sample forms below or prepare your own form. If you prepare your own form you need to make sure it contains all of the required information.
Limited partnership (LP)
- Application for Alberta/Extra-Provincial Limited Partnership (PDF, 5 pages)
- Special Authority to Execute a Registration (PDF, 2 pages)
Limited liability partnership (LLP)
- Application for Alberta/Extra-Provincial Limited Liability Partnership (PDF, 2 pages)
- permission from the Alberta governing body of the profession (such as law, accounting)
- extra-provincial LLPs must also provide proof of active registration in their home jurisdiction, and copies of their original registration documents
If your LP or LLP home jurisdiction is in British Columbia or Saskatchewan, there are special processes to register your business. Contact your home jurisdiction registry office for more information.
Step 4: Take your information to a service provider
Go to an authorized Corporate Registry service provider. You’ll need to take:
- your business name information
- Business Name Report (if used)
- valid ID
- fee payment
If your information meets the requirements, it’ll be entered into the Corporate Registry and you’ll get a proof of filing.
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