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If you wish to incorporate a Private Limited Company, you must use the suffix “Pte Ltd”. Only a public company may be incorporated without the word Private.

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2 different business entities cannot have the same name even if the owners and directors are the same persons. You may however, apply for a slightly different name e.g. if the business name is ABC Trading, you may apply for ABC Trading Network Pte. Ltd.

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When we submit a name application, the system will first do a check on similar names. If the proposed name is found to be similar or identical to another name on the ACRA register, the name will be rejected. You may choose to submit another name or submit an appeal to use the proposed name. If you have managed to obtain a letter of consent from the other company/business with the similar name, it would be advisable to attach a copy of the letter (in PDF format) to the name appeal. The name appeal will be routed to ACRA for consideration. It will take approximately 3 working days to process the name appeal.

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You are not allowed to change or amend the name application. However, you can submit a fresh application for a new proposed name. If the name is rejected because it is similar or identical to the earlier application, you may submit a name appeal online.

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Yes. The name will be available 15 years after the company has been struck off because the company can be restored to the register within 15 years from date of striking off.

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The processing time of name application is on a case-by-case basis. The minimum processing time is within 15 minutes after payment while some referral cases require 14 days or more.

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You would have to retain the exact business name for use in the company name. You would also have to undertake to terminate the business firm upon incorporation by indicating the business name and business registration number in the company application form.

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No, the name reservation period can only be extended if the application is submitted before the expiry date. A fee is payable and only one extension is allowed.

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We would advise you to do a search using the Directory of Business, Company, LLP, PAC, PAF Names at www.bizfile.gov.sg. There is no fee payable for using this search function.

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Yes. You need to obtain prior approval from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) before submitting the name application online.

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You are only required to register the business name in English.  If the Chinese name is also part of the business name, you may wish to translate it into English.

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An approved company name will be reserved for 60 days from the date of name application. If you need more time, you can extend the reservation of the approved company name for another 60 days. Please note that you will have to apply for the extension latest by the 59th day from the date of name application; otherwise you will not be able to apply for the extension.

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We will withdraw the earlier name application and then re-apply for a new name. If the name is rejected by the system because it is similar or identical to the earlier application, we may submit a name appeal online.

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You can either submit another name or appeal for the proposed name by stating a valid reason. If you have a letter of consent from the other company/business with the similar name, please attach the letter of consent which is signed by the director/owner. The letter of consent must be in PDF format and submitted together with the name appeal. The appeal will then be routed to an ACRA officer for consideration. It will take approximately 3 working days for the outcome of the appeal to be known.

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The company name is reserved for 60 days from the date of application. You will need to incorporate the company by the 60th day from the date of application.

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Please refer to Practice Direction No 4 of 2003 which can be found at the following URL:  http://www.acra.gov.sg/legislation/practice0403.html

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Yes, you can re-register the business using the same name. This is on condition that the previous owners of the business firm are the same owners of the new business firm.

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Yes, the company director must be at least 18 years old (with effect from 1 March 2009) at the time of appointment.

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A company is not renewed yearly as per the business entity rather is required to submit Annual Return on a yearly basis.

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Bizfile automatically processes the name application and responds with outcome. A name will be rejected if it is identical to the name of another company, LLP or business. Undesirable names, including vulgar names, will also not be allowed.

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Exempt/Deemed Exempt Private Company means any Exempt Private Company that has less than 20 members, none of them corporate. The status is not specially conferred, it is simply a status by operation of law (ie, definition in section 4). Gazetted Exempt Private Company, on the other hand, are government-owned companies which to qualify as Exempt Private Company, must be so declared by the Minister in the Gazette, hence the name.

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