Request the Name or Denomination Approval Certificate

This certificate may be necessary on different moments of a company’s life. You may easily request it online.

 You will need this certificate, for example, to establish a company with a name not present on the list of pre-approved names, to change the name of a company or its object or registered office, if your change municipality.

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  • The certificate is valid for 3 months.
  • See the associated costs in the 'What is the price' field.
  • The certificate will be available online when the name is approved.

Who can Request the Name or Denomination Approval Certificate?

  • Any shareholder or associated or other person with a power of attorney which grants them the power to submit the request. The lawyers, notaries and solicitors may also submit the request, without needing a power of attorney.

When can you Request the Name or Denomination Approval Certificate?

You should request the certificate when you know that, on the 3 following months, you will:

  • establish your company
  • change your company’s name, object or registered office.

The certificate is valid for 3 months. If you do not use it within this term, you lose the right to use it and use the name and denomination you had chosen.

The approval certificate is necessary to:

  • establish a company with a name not present on the list of pre-approved names (you can only use these names if you create your company through the Company on the Spot or Company Online services)
  • change the name of the company
  • change the object of the company
  • change the registered office of the company, when its municipality is altered.

To know more about the name or denomination approval certificate, consult the frequently asked questions on the IRN website.

Where can you Request the Name or Denomination Approval Certificate?

What is the Price to Request the Name or Denomination Approval Certificate?

Normal (answer up to 10 business days): €75

Urgent (answer on 1 business day): €150

How can you pay

 

If you request online

If you request on a reception desk

If you request by mail

In cash

 

 

Multibanco

 

Credit Card (VISA or Mastercard)

 

 

Online bank transfer

 

 

Visa or bank draft in euros, from an account in Portugal, at the order of the IRN, I.P.

 

Postal order to IRN, IP, Apartado 4064, 1501-803 Lisbon

 

How can you Request the Name or Denomination Approval Certificate?

Online

  1. Research to know if there is already any name that may be confused with the one intended for your company.
  2. Request the certificate online. You only need to fill the form and to follow the indicated steps during the process.
  3. At the end of the process, you shall receive an access code for the online certificate. However, the certificate is only available when the National Registry of Legal Persons approve the name.
  4. To consult the online certificate, click the option “Consult certificate” and insert the code received.

As a rule, you won’t need to do the authentication or display any document to submit this request.

On the location or by mail

  1. Print, fill and deliver the RNPC Model 1. If it is not a shareholder or associate submitting the request, you shall need a power of attorney.
  2. You shall receive an access code to the certificate. The certificate will be available online when the Registo Nacional de Pessoas Colectivas (National Registry of Legal Persons) approves the name.

The certificate is issued electronically

The name or denomination approval certificate is only issued in electronic format and can only be consulted online, by inserting the code delivered to the person submitting the request. The certificate is valid for 3 months.

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