|Also known as||
Certificate of Incorporation
|Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards||Various|
Most countries provide formal certificates of registration for companies and company names. It often provides a unique identifier number and the formal registered name of the company.
Many of these databases are going online and can be searched. Blockchain will probably have an impact.
|Country||Registration number||Issuing body|
Australian Business Number (ABN)
Australian Company Number (ACN)
|New Zealand||New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)||New Zealand Companies Office|
Check with your local subject matter expert for your local laws and regulations.
In Australia, all suppliers must have a valid ABN or ACN number.
As we come across more international certificates, we will update this article.
Certificate of Incorporation (USA)
A certificate of incorporation is a legal document relating to the formation of a company or corporation. It is a license to form a corporation issued by state government. Its precise meaning depends upon the legal system in which it is used.
Certificate of Business Name (Australia)
Businesses are now required to register a business name when they want to trade under a name other than their legal entity name.
A registered business name helps customers find, identify and connect with your business. You can have multiple business names linked to your Australian Business Number (ABN).
A trading name is not a registered business name. A ‘trading name’ refers to an unregistered name that businesses could use before the introduction of the National Business Names Register on 28 May 2012. To continue using a trading name after October 2023, businesses have to register them.
See some examples here of when you should register a business name.
Generally, a once off to get the certificate but often a renewal fee is levied