Hong Kong Business Name Search

Getting Started

Before searching the Hong Kong Business Name Database, you can save time by making sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within the Hong Kong business name database. We suggest coming with a few name ideas in-mind incase any are unavailable, you can also download the full Hong Kong entity name guidelines here (click here to download)

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Search business name availability

Contacting the local government office via Phone or Email is free and is the most reliable way to check your business name availability.

Online, you can search for Hong Kong businesses entities for free via the Hong Kong Cyber Search Centre of the Companies Registry website (click here to visit), simply select whether you are a registered or unregistered user and follow the steps to find information on companies that are already in existence.

Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department

Websiteird.gov.hk

Phone: (852) 187-8088

Email: taxbro@ird.gov.hk

Hours: 8:15AM – 12:30PM, 1:30PM – 5:30PM

Frequently Asked Questions

You can register your business name via the Inland Revenue Department. You can obtain an application on the How To Register page.

Useful information:

– There will be a fee and levy associated with submitting an application.

– Businesses have to be registered within a month of being started.

– Business names can use English or Chinese lettering, but may not use English words.

To register your business name, you’ll need to prepare and file a document with the following details:

– The name(s) of the individual(s) starting the business.

– A brief description of the nature of the organization’s business.

– Name of the organization.

– The address where the business is located.

– Date the nusiness was formed

– The fee and levy associated with the kind of certificate you want for your business.

 

(Source: Business Registration Regulations Form 1(A))

If your ideal business name is already in use, you may have to come up with a new one entirely. While it may be tempting to try to use a slightly changed version of the name, there are certain articles in business names that are disregarded, such as “The” and words that may be at the end of the name, such as “Limited” or “Company”.

Furthermore, some parts of a name are considered the same no matter how they look, such as “and” and “&”.

If you are uncertain whether or not your name is unique enough, you can also seek out advice from the Registrar on whether or not the name will be accepted on an application. This can avoid having to go through the process of sending multiple applications before one is approved. You can find the address to write to on the Guideline on Registration of Company Names document.

If you’re still unable to find a business name that suits you, try using our business name generator to get unique name ideas (click here to find our business name generator).


Registering your business Domain/website

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check if the domain name is available for your business. The last thing you want is to register your business name and find out another competitor or company already has a website with your name! Use our domain check below to instantly check availability.

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