Change a business name (operating name) on behalf of a business or non-profit

A business or non-profit can change its business name (operating name) by filing the Change of Business Name Form with Registry of Joint Stock Companies. A business name, also called an operating name, is an additional name that your business or non-profit can operate under. The business name is different than the legal name.

Use the Change of Business Name Form to change the name of your business name (operating name). Your new name needs to follow the rules for business names.

In addition to the legal name of your business or non-profit, you can also operate under a registered business name. A business name is also called an operating name or ‘doing business as’ name. For example, the legal name of your business is 1234567 Nova Scotia Limited and you’ve also registered ABC Catering as your business name (operating name).

When your name changes

Your business name (operating name) changes when Registry of Joint Stock Companies registers it.

Public record

Information you file with Registry of Joint Stock Companies is available to the public.

Who can use this form

Businesses and non-profits that have a registered business name (operating name) need to use this form to change their business name.

What you need to do

  1. Reserve a new business name (operating name) for your business or non-profit (Registry of Joint Stock Companies needs to approve name).
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Include payment with your form.
  4. Send your completed form and payment by mail. Or visit Registry of Joint Stock Companies or Access Nova Scotia.

How long it takes

It should take 1 to 2 weeks to get your Certificate of Name Change. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

Activity Fee
Certificate of Name Change $37.40

Payment options

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, debit card, cheque, money order, cash. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you submit the form.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • approved business name (operating name) for your business or non-profit from Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • old business name and Registry ID
  • effective date of the name change
  • officer or director of the business or non-profit available to sign the form

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