Chapter 90:05 - Business Names (Registration) Act

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BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
CHAPTER 90:05
Act 11 of 1919
Amended by
11 of 1926 38 of 1955
4 of 1972 8 3
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2000 2013
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Index
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CHAPTER 90:05 BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
SECTION
1. Short title. 2. Interpretation. 3. Firms and persons to be registered. 4. Registration by nominee, trustee, or general agent. 5. Manner and particulars of registration. 6. Statement to be signed by persons registering. 7. Names on letter heads. 8. Registration of changes in firm. 9. Penalty for default in registration. 10. Disability of persons in default. 11. False statement. 12. Duty to furnish particulars to Registrar. 13. Registrar to file statement and issue certificate of registration. 14. Index to be kept. 15.
16.
Names of persons carrying on business to be affixed in a conspicuous place outside the business premises. Removal of names from register.
17. Misleading business names. 18. Inspection of statements registered. 19. Rules. 20. Publication of true names and nationalities. 21. Offences by corporations.
SCHEDULE—Description of firm and particulars.
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1929 Ed. c. 58 1953 Ed. c. 33
11 of 1919
CHAPTER 90:05 BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
An Act to provide for the Registration of Firms and Persons carrying on Business under Business Names and for purposes connected therewith.
[6THMARCH, 1919]
Short title.
Interpretation.
1. This Act may be cited as the Business Names (Registration) Act.
2. (1) In this Act—
“business” includes profession;
“business name” means the name or style under which any business is carried on, whether in partnership or otherwise;
“firm” means an unincorporate body of two or more individuals, or one or more individuals and one or more corporations, or two or more corporations, who have entered into partnership with one another with a view to carrying on business for profit;
“foreign firm” means any firm, individual, or corporation, whose principal place of business is situate outside the Commonwealth;
“individual” means a natural person and does not include a corporation;
“initials” includes any recognised abbreviation of a forename;
“prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
“Registrar” means the Registrar of joint-stock companies for
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the time being, or the officer performing the duties of that office;
“showcards” means cards containing or exhibiting articles dealt with, or samples, or representations thereof.
(2) References in this Act to a former forename or surname do not, in the case of natural-born Commonwealth citizen include a former forename or surname where that name or surname has been changed or disused before the person bearing it attained the age of eighteen years, and, in the case of a married woman, do not include the name or surname by which she was known previous to the marriage.
(3) References in this Act to a change of name do not include, in the case of natural-born Commonwealth citizen, a change of name which has taken place before the person whose name has been changed attained the age of eighteen years.
Firms and persons to be registered.
3. Subject to this Act—
(a) every firm having a place of business in Guyana and carrying on business under a business name which does not consist of the true surnames of all partners who are individuals and the corporate names of all partners who are corporations, without any addition other than the true forenames of individual partners or initials of those forenames;
(b) every individual having a place of business in Guyana and carrying on business under a business name which does not consist of his true surname without any addition other than his true forenames or the initials
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thereof;
(c) every individual or firm having a place of business in Guyana, who, or a member of which, has either before or after the commencement of this Act changed his name, except in the case of a woman in consequence of marriage;
shall be registered in the manner directed by this Act:
Provided that—
(i) where the addition merely indicates that the business is carried on in succession to a former owner of the business, that addition shall not of itself render registration necessary; and
(ii) where two or more individual partners have the same surname, the addition of an “s” at the end of that surname shall not of itself render registration necessary; and
(iii) where the business is carried on by an assignee in insolvency, or a receiver or manager appointed by any court, registration shall not be necessary; and
(iv) a purchase or acquisition of property by two or more persons as joint tenants or
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tenants in common is not of itself to be deemed carrying on a business, whether or not the owners share any profits arising from the sale thereof.
Registration by nominee, trustee, or general agent.
Schedule.
Manner and particulars of registration. [38 of 1955 8 of 2000 3 of 2013]
4. Where a firm, individual, or corporation, having a place of business within Guyana carries on the business wholly or mainly as nominee or trustee of or for another person, or other persons, or another corporation, or acts as general agent for any foreign firm, the first- mentioned firm, individual, or corporation shall be registered in manner provided by this Act, and, in addition to the other particulars required to be furnished and registered, there shall be furnished and registered the particulars mentioned in the Schedule:
Provided that where the business is carried on by an assignee in insolvency, or a receiver or manager appointed by any court, registration under this section shall not be necessary.
5. (1) Every firm or person required under this Act to be registered shall, not later than fifteen days after the anniversary date of the first registration of the firm or person, and in the case of a firm or person not previously registered under this Act, within fourteen days after the firm or person commences business or the business in respect of which registration is required as the case may be, make application to the registrar to be registered under this Act.
(2) Every such application shall be accompanied by a statement in writing in the prescribed form containing the following particulars:
(a) the business name;
(b) the general nature of the business;
(c) the principal place of business;
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(d) where the registration to be effected is that of a firm the present forename and surname, any former forename or surname, the nationality, (and if that nationality is not the nationality of origin, the nationality of origin), the usual residence, and the other business occupation (if any), of each of the individuals who are partners, and the corporate name and registered or principal office of every corporation which is a partner;
(e) where the registration to be effected is that of an individual, the present forename and surname, any former forename or surname, the nationality, (and if that nationality is not the nationality of origin, the nationality of origin), the usual residence, and the other business occupation (if any) of that individual;
(f) where the registration to be effected is that of a corporation, its corporate name and registered or principal office;
(g) if the business is begun after the commencement of this Act the date when it is begun.
(3) Where a business is carried on under two or more business names, each of those business names must be stated.
(3A) Notwithstanding subsection (2), in the case of a firm or person previously registered under this Act it shall be lawful for an applicant for registration to produce to the
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Registrar the previous year’s certificate to be endorsed as a valid certificate of registration.
(3B) Subsection (3A) shall not apply where -
(i) a change is made or occurs in any of the particulars registered in respect of a firm or person; or
(ii) the certificate is mutilated, cannot be found or cannot, in the opinion of the Registrar, be endorsed.
(4) This section shall apply, in the case where registration is required in consequence of a change of name, as if for references to the date of the commencement of the business there were substituted references to the date of the change.
Statement to be signed by persons registering.
6. The statement required for the purpose of registration must, in the case of an individual, be signed by him, and in the case of a corporation by a director or secretary thereof, and in the case of a firm either by all the individuals who are partners and by a director or the secretary of all corporations which are partners, or by some individual who is a partner or a director or the secretary of some corporation which is a partner, and in either of the last two cases must be verified by a statutory declaration made by the signatory:
Provided that—
(a) no statutory declaration stating that any person other than the declarant is a partner, or omitting to state that any person other than as aforesaid is a partner, shall be evidence for or against that other person in respect of his liability or non-liability as a partner; and
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(b) the High Court or a judge thereof may, on applicationof any person alleged or claiming to be a partner, direct the rectification of the register and decide any question arising under this section.
Names on letterheads. [38 of 1955]
Registration of changes in firm.
Penalty for
7. Every firm or person required under this Act to be registered shall insert on all letterheads and other like stationery intended to be used in connection with the ordering of goods for the business in respect of which registration is required—
(a) the registered business name;
(b) the registered address of the business;
(c) the true surname of such persons and of all partners who are individuals and the corporate names of all partners who are corporations without any addition other than the true forenames of individual partners or initials of those forenames.
8. Whenever a change is made or occurs in any of the particulars registered in respect of any firm or person, that firm or person shall, within fourteen days after the change, or any longer period allowed by the Registrar, on application made in any particular case, whether before or after the expiration of the fourteen days, furnish, by sending by post or delivery, to the Registrar, in the county in which the aforesaid particulars are registered, a statement in writing in the prescribed form specifying the nature and date of the change, signed and where necessary verified in like manner as the statement required on registration.
9. If any firm or person by this Act required to
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default in registration. [8 of 2000]
Disability of persons in default.
furnish a statement of particulars, or of any change in particulars, without reasonable excuse makes default in so doing in the manner and within the time specified by this Act, every partner in the firm or the person so in default shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues, and the Court shall order a statement of the required particulars or change in the particulars to be furnished to the Registrar within the time specified in the order.
10. (1) Where any firm or person by this Act required to furnish a statement of particulars or of any change in particulars has made default in so doing, then the rights of that defaulter under or arising out of any contract made or entered into by him or on his behalf in relation to the business in respect to the carrying on of which particulars were required to be furnished at any time while he is in default, shall not be enforceable by action or other legal proceeding either in the business name or otherwise:
Provided as follows—
(a) the defaulter may apply to the Court for relief against the disability imposed by this section, and the Court, on being satisfied that the default was accidental, or due to inadvertence, or some other sufficient cause, or that on other grounds it is just and equitable to grant relief, may grant that relief either generally or in respect of any particular contracts, on condition that the costs of the application are paid by the defaulter unless the Court otherwise orders, andon any other conditions the Court imposes, but that relief shall not be granted except on the service and the publication of notice of the application ordered by
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the Court, nor shall relief be given in respect of a contract if any party thereto proves, to the satisfaction of the Court, that if this Act had been complied with he would not have entered into it;
(b) nothing herein contained shall prejudice the rights of any other parties as against the defaulter in respect of the contract aforesaid;
(c) if any action or proceeding is commenced by any other party against the defaulter to enforce the rights of that party in respect of the contract, nothing herein contained shall preclude the defaulter from enforcing in that action or proceeding, by way of counter-claim, set-off, or otherwise, any rights he has against that party in respect of the contract.
(2) In this section the expression “Court” means the High Court or a judge thereof:
Provided that, without prejudice to the power of the Court to grant the relief aforesaid, if any proceeding to enforce any contract is commenced by a defaulter in the petty debt court for Georgetown when presided over by a puisne judge, that court may, as respects that contract, grant the relief aforesaid.
False statement. [8 of 2000]
11. If any statement required to be furnished under this Act contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of the person signing it, that person shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of twenty five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three
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months. Duty to furnish particulars to Registrar. [8 of 2000]
Registrar to file statement and issue certificate of registration. [8 of 2000]
12. (1) The Registrar may require any person to furnish him with particulars appearing to him necessary for the purpose of ascertaining whether or not the person or the firm of which the person is partner should be registered under this Act, or an alteration made in the registered particulars, and may also, in the case of a corporation, require the secretary, or any other officer of a corporation performing the duties of secretary, to furnish those particulars, and any person who, when so required, fails to supply the particulars it is in his powerto give, or furnishes particulars which are false in any material particular, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.
(2) If from information so furnished it appears to the Registrar that any firm or person ought to be registered under this Act, or an alteration ought to be made in the registered particulars, he may require the firm or person to furnish him with the required particulars within the time allowed by him, but where any default under this Act has been discovered from the information acquired under this section, no proceedings under this Act shall be taken against any person in respect of that default prior to the expiration of the time within which the firm or person is required by the Registrar under this section to furnish particulars to him.
13. (1) On receiving any statement or statutory declaration made in pursuance of this Act, the Registrar shall cause the document to be filed and shall send by post or deliver a certificate of the registration thereof to the firm or person registering.
(2) Where the previous year’s certificate is tendered forendorsement in accordance with section 5 (3A) the Registrar shall annotate his records and shall send by post or deliver the endorsed certificate of registration to the firm or person re-registering.
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(3) The certificate or a certified copy thereof shall be kept exhibited in a conspicuous position at the principal place of business of the firm or individual, and if not kept so exhibited, every partner in the firm or the person, as the case may be, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars.
(4) A certificate of registration issued under this Act, or an endorsement in accordance with subsection (2), as the case may be, shall, subject to this Act, remain in force until the thirty-first day of December of the year in which it was issued or endorsed and shall then expire.
Index to be kept.
Names of persons carrying on business to be affixed in a conspicuous premises. [8 of 2000]
Removal of names from register. [8 of 2000]
14.In each county where there is a deeds registry the Registrar shall keep an index of all the firms and persons registered at that office under this Act.
15. (1) Every firm and individual required by this Act to be registered shall affix, in some conspicuous part of the outside of the building or room in which the business of the firm or individual is carried on, a board or metal plate on which, in addition to the business name, there shall be legibly and clearly painted in letters not place less than two centimetres long, the forename and surname of each partner of the firm or of the individual, as the case may be, carrying on the business.
(2) If default is made in compliance with this section every member of the firm or the individual, as the case may be, shall be liable on summary conviction for each offence to a fine of ten thousand dollars.
16. (1) If any firm or individual registered under this Act ceases to carry on business, it shall be the duty of the persons who were partners in the firm at the time when it ceased to carry on business, or of the individual (or if he is dead his personal representative), within three months after the business has ceased to be carried on, to send by post or
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deliver to the Registrar notice of that fact in the prescribed form, and any person whose duty it is to give that notice who fails to do so within the time aforesaid, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollars.
(2) On receipt of the notice aforesaid the Registrar may remove the firm or individual from the register.
(3) Where the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that any firm or individual registered under this Act is not carrying on business, he may send to the firm or individual by registered post a notice that, unless an answer thereto is received within one month from its date, the firm or individual may be removed from the register.
(4) If the Registrar either receives an answer from the firm or individual to the effect that the firm or individual is not carrying on business, or does not within one month after sending the notice receive an answer, he may remove the firm or individual from the register.
Misleading business names. [4 of 1972
8 of 2000]
17. (1) Where any business name under which the business of a firm or individual is carried on contains the word “Guyanese”, “Caricom ” or “Commonwealth” or any other word or words which, in the opinion of the Registrar, is calculated to lead to the belief that the business is under Guyanese, Caribbean Common Market or Commonwealth ownership or control, and the Registrar is satisfied that the nationality of the persons by whom the business is wholly or mainly owned or controlled is at any time such that the name is misleading, the Registrar shall refuse to register that business name, or, as the case may be, remove it from the register, but any person aggrieved by a decision of the Registrar under this provision may appeal to the Minister, whose decision shall be final.
(2) The registration of a business name under this Act shall not be construed as authorising the use of that name if, apart from registration, the use thereof could be
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prohibited. Inspection of statements registered. [4 of 1972]
Rules. [38 of 1955 8 of 2000]
18. (1) At any time after the expiration of six months from the commencement of this Act or of any longer period, not more than nine months therefrom, directed by the Registrar, anyone may inspect the documents filed by the Registrar on payment of the prescribed fees; and any person may require a certificate of the registration of any firm or person, or a copy of or extract from any registered statement to be certified by the Registrar or sworn clerk, and the prescribed fees shall be paid for that certificate, certified copy, or extract.
(2) A certificate of registration, or a copy of or extract from any statement registered under this Act, if duly certified to be a true copy or extract under the hand of the Registrar or a sworn clerk (whom it shall not be necessary to prove so to be) shall, in all legal proceedings, civil or criminal, be received in evidence.
19. (1) The Minister may make rules concerning any of the following matters—
(a) the fees to be paid to the Registrar under this Act, so that they do not exceed the sum of ten thousand dollars for the registration of any one statement;
(b) the form to be used under this Act;
(c) the duties to be performed by any Registrar under thisAct;
(d) the performance by sworn clerks and other officers of acts by this Act required to be done by the Registrar;
(e) generally, the conduct and regulation
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of registration under this Act and any matters incidental thereto.
(2) All fees payable in pursuance of the rules shall be applied as directed by the Minister responsible for finance.
Publication of true names and nationalities. [8 of 2000]
20. (1) After the expiration of three months from the commencement of this Act, every individual and firm required by this Act to be registered shall, in all trade catalogues, trade circulars, show- cards, and business letters, on or in which the business name appears and which are issued or sent by the individual or firm to any person in any country or place, have mentioned in legible characters—
(a) in the case of an individual, his present forename or the initials thereof and present surname, any former forename or surname, his nationality if not Guyanese, and, if his nationality is not his nationality of origin, his nationality of origin; and
(b) in the case of a firm, the present forenames or the initials thereof and present surnames, any former forenames and surnames, and the nationality if not Guyanese, and, if the nationality is not the nationality of origin, the nationality of origin, of all the partners in the firm or, in the case of a corporation being a partner, the corporate name.
(2) If default is made in compliance with this section the individual or, as the case may be, every member of the firm, shall be liable on summary conviction for each offence to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars, but no proceedings shall be instituted under this section except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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Description of firm, individual or corporation.
The additionalparticulars.
Where the firm, individual, or corporation to be registered carries on business as nominee or trustee.
The present forename and surname, any former name, nationality (and if that nationality is not the nationality of origin, the nationality of origin) and usual residence, or, as the case may be, the corporate name of every person or corporation on whose behalf the business is carried on:
Provided that if the business is carried on under any trust and any of the beneficiaries are a class of children or other persons, a description of the class shall be sufficient.
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Offences by corporations.
s. 4.
21. Where a corporation is guilty of an offence under this Act, every director, secretary, and officer of the corporation who is knowingly a party to the default shall be guilty of a like offence and liable to a like penalty.
SCHEDULE
DESCRIPTION OF FIRM AND PARTICULARS
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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION
R. 21/2/1922 2/1956
BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) RULES
made under section 19
Citation. 1. These Rules may be cited as the Business Names (Registration) Rules.
Performance of functions of Registrar.
2. Whenever any act is by the Act required to be done by the Registrar, such act shall be done by the Registrar or by a sworn Clerk and notary public of the Deeds Registry.
PROCEDURE UNDER SECTION 17
3. Where the Registrar, pursuant to section 17(1) of the Act decides to refuse to register any business name or, as the case may be, to remove any business name from the registrar, he shall send by post to the firm or individual applying for registration or, as the case may be, registered in respect of such business name, a notice in writing of such decision and such notice shall contain a statement that any person aggrieved by such decision may appeal to the Minister within twenty-one days of such notice.
4. If within twenty-one days from the date of the notice of a decision of the Registrar under section 17(1) of the Act to remove a business name from the register, no notice of appeal from such decision is received by the Registrar, or if on appeal from such decision of the Registrar is upheld, the Registrar shall remove such business name from the register in accordance with his decision.
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5. Any person intending to appeal to the Minister from any decision of the Registrar under section 17(1) of the Act shall, within twenty- one days of the date of the notice of such decision, send by post or deliver to the Registrar a notice of appeal in Form R.B.N 5 in the Schedule.
Such notice shall be accompanied by a statement of the grounds of appeal and of the appellant’s case in support thereof.
6. A copy of the notice of appeal, together with a copy of the statement of the grounds of appeal and of the case in support thereof, and a copy of the notice of the Registrar’s decision shall at the same time and be delivered by the appellant to the Minister at his office.
7. Upon receipt of such documents the Minister shall, if the appellant states in his notice of appeal that he desires to be heard, fix a time and date for such hearing at which the appellant and the Registrar may attend and be heard. If the appellant does not attend or is not represented on and during the hearing he may be treated as not desiring to be heard and the Minister may proceed to adjudicate on the matter. The hearing may be postponed or adjourned by the Minister.
8. The decision of the Minister shall be communicated to the appellant in writing.
9. The time prescribed in these Rules for doing any act thereunder by or to the Registrar, or by or to the Minister may be enlarged by the Minister upon such terms as he may direct, and such enlargement may be granted though the time has expired for doing such act.
FEES Fees. [r. 1/2000]
10. The fees to be paid to the Registrar under the Act
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shall be as follows:
(a) For registration under section 5 of the Act, including a certificate thereof, the sum of five thousand dollars, and for every subsequent registration including a certificate thereof the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars dollars;
(b) on any statement of particulars required under the Schedule to the Act when such particulars are not furnished with the statement of particulars required by section 5 of the Act, the sum of two thousand dollars and such fee shall cover the issue of one certificate of registration;
(c) on a statement of any change within the meaning of section 8 of the Act, the sum of two thousand dollars and such fee shall cover the issue of one certificate of registration of statement;
(d) by any person inspecting under section 18 of the Act the documents filed by the Registrar, the sum of five hundred dollars for each inspection ;
(e) on the application of any person requiring under section 18 of the Act a certificate of registration of any firm, individual or corporation or a certified copy of or extract from any registered statement, the sum of two thousand dollars for a certificate of registration and for each certified
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copy or extract the sum of one hundred dollars for each folio of seventy-two words;
(f) by any person appealing to the Minister from a decision of the Registrar the sum of one thousand dollars.
SCHEDULE
Forms to be Used Under the Act
[Form R.B.N. 1]
The statement must be sent or delivered in Demerara and Essequibo to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown, In Berbice to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam, Berbice.
Form R.B.N. 1. BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT No. of Certificate
I, the undersigned hereby apply for registration pursuant to the provisions of the Business Names (Registration) Act, and for that purpose furnish the following statement of particulars –
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(1) The business name (2) The general nature of the business. (3) The principal place of the business (4)The present forename (or forenames and surname of the individual (5) Any former forename (or forenames ) and surname of the individual. (6) The nationality of the individual. (7) The nationality of origin of the individual if not the same as the present nationality. (8) The usual residence. (9) the other business occupation (if any) of the individual. (10) The date of the commencement of the business was commenced after 6th March, 1919. (11) Any other business name or names under which the business is carried on.
Dated the ………………..day of ………………………., 20…….
(Signature) …………………….
See Note A.
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Note A-This statement must in all cases be signed by the individual applying for registration.
If the principal place of business is situated in—
(a) The County of Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown;
(b) The County of Berbice, the Statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar New Amsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of particulars within the time specified will, in addition to any disability imposed by the Act, entail liability on conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues; and any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.
Where the individual applying for registration carries on business wholly or mainly as nominee or trustee of or for another person or other persons or a corporation, or acts as general agent for any foreign firm, the additional particulars specified in the Form R.B.N. 2 must also be furnished on such form and sent by post or delivered to the office of the Registrar in the manner and within the times before specified.
Note B.-“References in this Act to a former forename or surname do not, in the case of natural-born Commonwealth
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citizens, include a former forename or surname where that name or surname has been changed or disused before the person bearing it attained the age of eighteen years, and, in the case of a married woman, do not include the name or surname by which she was known previous to the marriage” (section 2).
[Form R.B.N. 1a]
The statement must be sent or delivered in Demerara and Essequibo to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown, In Berbice to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam, Berbice.
Form R.B.N. 1a. BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT No. of Certificate
Application for Registration by a Firm. See Sec. 3(a) and (c)
…………………………………………………………….hereby apply for registration under the provisions of the Business Names Registration Act, and for that purpose furnish the following statement of particulars –
1. The business name
2. The general nature of the business
3. The principal place of the business
4. The date of the commencement of the business if the business was commenced after the 6th March, 1919
5. Any other business name or names under which the
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6. The present forename or forenames and surname of every individual who is and the corporate name of every corporation which is a partner in the firm. 7. Any former forename or forenames or surname of every individual partner in the firm.
8. The nationality of every individual partner in the firm. 9. The nationality of origin (if other than the present nationality) of every individual partner in the firm.
10. The usual residence of every individual who is and the registered or principal office of every corporation which is a partner in the firm. 11. The other business occupation (if any) of every individual partner in the firm.
Dated the………………………day of………………….……..20….....
Signatures
For instructions as to signatures see Note A.
Note A.-This statement must in all cases be signed either-
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(a) by all the individuals who are partners and by a director or the secretary of each corporation which is a partner; or
(b) (1) by some individual who is a partner, or
(2) by a director or the secretary of some corporation which is a partner;
and in either of the cases (b) (1) and (2) must be verified by a statutory declaration made by the signatory.
If the principal place of business is situated in-
(a) the County of Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown;
(b) the County of Berbice, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of particulars within the time specified will, in addition to any disability imposed by the Act, entail liability to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues; and any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.
Where the individual applying for registration carries on business wholly or mainly as nominee or trustee of or for another person or other persons or a corporation, or acts as general agent for any foreign firm, the additional particulars specified in the Form R.B.N. 2 must also be furnished on
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such form and sent by post or delivered to the office of the Registrar in the manner and within the times before specified.
Note B.-“References in this Act to a former forename or surname do not, in the case of natural-born Commonwealth citizens, include a former forename or surname where that name or surname has been changed or disused before the person bearing it attained the age of eighteen years, and in the case of a married woman, do not include the name or surname by which she was known previous to the marriage” (section 2).
[Form R.B.N, 1b]
The statement must be sent or delivered in Demerara and Essequibo to the office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown.
In Berbice to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam. BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT No. of Certificate
Application for registration by a corporation having a place of business in Guyana and carrying on the business wholly or mainly as nominee or trustee of or for another person or other persons or another corporation or acting as general agent for any foreign firm.
………………………………………………………………...hereby apply for registration under the provisions of the Business Names (Registration) Act, and for that purpose furnish the following statement of particulars –
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1. The business name. 2. The general nature of the business
3. The principal place of the business. 4. The date of the commencement of the
business, if the business was commenced after the 6th March, 1919
5. The other name or names (if any) under which the business is carried on.
6. The corporate name of the corporation applying for registration.
7. The registered or principal office of the corporation applying for registration.
The following statement of additional particulars (8), (9), (10), (11), (12)and (13), is to be furnished in respect of the carrying on by such corporation of the business wholly or mainly as nominee or trustee of or for another person or other persons or another corporation, provided that if the business is carried on under any trust and any of the beneficiaries are a class of children or other persons, then the particulars required under (13) only need be furnished.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. The present forename or
forenames and surname or the corporate name of every person or corporation on whose behalf the business is carried on.
9. Any former name or names of any person on whose behalf the business is carried on.
10. The nationality of every person on whose behalf the business is carried on.
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11. The nationality of origin of every person on whose behalf the business is carried on if other than the present nationality.
12. The usual residence of every person on whose behalf the business is carried on.
13. Description of the class of beneficiaries.
The further following statement of additional particulars is to be furnished in respect of any corporation having a place of business within Guyana and acting as general agent for any foreign firm.
14. The business name and address of the foreign firm as agent for whom the business is carried on.
If the business is carried on as agent for three or more foreign firms it is sufficient to state the fact that the business is so carried on, specifying the countries in which such foreign firms carry on business.
Dated the…………….. day of………………………20……..
Signature................................................... For instructions as to signing see Note A.
Note A.-This statement must in all cases be signed by a director or the secretary of the corporation applying for registration.
If the principal place of business is situated in –
(a) Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must
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be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown;
(b) Berbice, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of particulars within the time specified will, in addition to any disability imposed by the Act, entail Liability to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues, and where a corporation is guilty of an offence under the Act, every director, secretary and officer of the corporation who is knowingly a party to the default will be guilty of a like offence and liable to a like penalty. Any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.
Note B.-“References in this Act to a former forename or surname do not, in the case of natural-born Commonwealth citizens, include a former forename or surname where that name or surname has been changed or disused before the person bearing it attained the age of eighteen years, and, in the case of a married woman, do not include the name or surname by which she was known previous to the marriage” (section 2).
[Form R.B.N. 2] The Business Name..........................
FORM R.B.N. 2.
BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT No. of Certificate
Statement of additional particulars to be furnished by an
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2. Any former name or names of any person on whose behalf the business is carried on. 3. The nationality of every person on whose behalf the business is carried on. 4. The nationality of origin of every person on whose behalf the business is carried on, if other than the present nationality.
5. The usual residence of every person on whose behalf the business is carried on. 6. Description of class of beneficiaries
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individual pursuant to section 4 of the Act.
I.-Where any individual having a place of business in Guyana carries on business wholly or mainly as nominee or trustee of or for another person or other persons or a corporation, the particulars required under (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) must be furnished, provided that if the business is earned on under any trust and any of the beneficiaries are a class of children or other persons, then the particulars required under (6) only need be furnished.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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II. – Where any form having a place of Business in Guyana acts as a general agent for any foreign firm the following particulars must be furnished.
The business name and address of the foreign firm as agent for whom the business is carried on.
If the business is carried on as agent for three or more foreign firms it is sufficient to state the fact that the business is so carried, specifying the countries in which such foreign firms carry on business.
Signatures.
Dated the .............................day of........................................20......
For instructions as to signing, etc., see Note A.
Note A.-This statement must be signed either –
(a) by all the individuals who are partners, and by a director or the secretary of any corporation which is a partner, or
(b) (1) by some individual who is a partner; (2) by a director or the secretary of some corporation which is a partner,
and in either of cases (b) (1) and (2) must be verified by a statutory declaration made by the signatory.
If the principal place of business is situated in –
(a) Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown;
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(b) Berbice, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of any change of the particulars registered within the time specified will, in addition to any disability imposed by the Act, entail liability to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues and any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it, will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.
Note B.-“References in this Act to a former forename or surname do not, in the case of natural-born Commonwealth citizen, include a former forename or surname where that name or surname has been changed or disused before the person bearing it attained the age of eighteen years, and, in the case of a married woman, do not include the name or surname by which she was known previous to the marriage” (section 2).
[Form R.B.N. 3]
Form R.B.N. 3.
No. of Certificate………………………………
Business Names (Registration) Act
Statement pursuant to section 8 of the above Act of nature of change in the particulars registered by an individual and date of change.
The following is a statement of a change (and of the date of
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Here insert business name or individual. Here insert nature and date of change For instructions as to signing see Note A.
such change) which has been made or has occurred in the particulars registered in respect of ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………
Dated the …………………day of ……………………20……....
Note -A. This statement must be signed by the individual, and when signed must be sent by post or delivered to the Registrar within fourteen days after any change in any of the particulars registered or within such longer period as the Minister may on application being made in any particular case, whether before or after the expiration of such fourteen days, allow.
If the principal place of business is situate in –
(a) Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law of courts, Georgetown.
(b) Berbice, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of any change in the particulars registered within the specified time will, in addition to any disability imposed by the Act, entail liability to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues, and any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it
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will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months
[FORM R.B.N. 3a] No. of Certificate........................... Form R.B.N. 3(a).
BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT Statement
pursuant to section 8 of the above Act of nature of change in the particulars registered by a firm and date of change.
Here insert business name of firm.
Here insert nature and date of change.
The following is a statement of a change (and of the date of such change) which has been made or has occurred in the particulars registered in respect of ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………….. Dated the...........................day of.........................................20.......
Signatures.
Note A.-This statement must be signed either
(a) by all the individuals who are partners, and by a director or the secretary of any corporation which is a partner, or
(b) (1) by some individual who is a partner; (2) by a director or the secretary of some corporation which is a partner,
and in either of cases (b) (1) and (2) must be verified by a statutory declaration made by the signatory.
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This statement, when signed must be sent by post or delivered to the Registrar within fourteen days after any change in any of the particulars registered or within such longer period as the Minister may, on application being made in any particular case, whether before or after the expiration of such fourteen days, allow.
If the principal place of business is situated in-
(a) Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown;
(b) Berbice, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, NewAmsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of any change of the particulars registered within the time specified will, in addition to any disability imposed by the Act, entail liability to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues and any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it, will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.
[Form R.B.N. 3(b)] No. of the Certificate…………………………….
Form R.B.N. 3 (b)
BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
Statement pursuant to section 8 of the above Act of nature of
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change in the particulars registered by a corporation and date of change.
Here insert name of corporation.
Here insert nature and date of change.
For instruction as to signing, etc., see Note A
The following is a statement of a change (and of the date of such change) which has been made or has occurred in the particulars registered in respect of ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………..
Dated the.......................day of..........................................20.........
Signature.
Note A.-This statement must be signed by a director or secretary of the corporation and, when signed, must be sent by post or delivered to the Registrar within 14 days after any change in any of the particulars registered, or within such longer period as the Minister may on application being made in any particular case, whether before or after the expiration of such 14 days, allow.
If the principal place of business is situate in –
(a) Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown;
(b) Berbice, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of any change in particulars within the time specified will, in addition to any disability imposed by the
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Act, entail liability to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues, and every director, secretary or officer of the corporation who is knowingly party to the default will be liable to a like penalty. Any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months
[FORM R.B.N. 3b]
No. of the Certificate.....................
Form R.B.N. 3(b).
BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT Statement
pursuant to section 8 of the above Act of nature of change in the particulars registered by a corporation and date of change.
Here insert name of corporation. Here insert nature and date of change.
For instructions as to signing, etc., see Note A.
The following is a statement of a change (and of the date of such change) which has been made or has occurred in the particulars registered in respect of ……………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………….. Dated the.......................day of..........................................20.........
Signature.
Note A.-This statement must be signed by a director or secretary of the corporation and, when signed, must be sent by post or delivered to the Registrar within 14 days after any
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change in any of the particulars registered, or within such longer period as the Minister may on application being made in any particular case, whether before or after the expiration of such 14 days, allow.
If the principal place of business is situate in –
(a) Demerara or Essequibo, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, Law Courts, Georgetown;
(b) Berbice, the statement must be sent or delivered to the Office of the Registrar, New Amsterdam.
Failure without reasonable excuse to furnish the required statement of any change in particulars within the time specified will, in addition to any disability imposed by the Act, entail liability to a fine of one thousand dollars for every day during which the default continues, and every director, secretary or officer of the corporation who is knowingly party to the default will be liable to a like penalty. Any statement which contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it will entail liability to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three months.
[FORM R.B.N. 4]
No. of Certificate………………………..
FORM R.B.N. 4 BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
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Notice pursuant to section 16 of the Act of cessation of business by a registered firm or individual.
Here insert name and address of firm or individual as the case may be.
Notice is hereby given that .......................................................... of........................................................................ceased to carry on business on the.....................day of....................................20........
Dated the.....................day of..........................................., 20...........
Signature or Signatures
To the Registrar of the Business Names.
Note.-This notice must in the case of a firm be signed by the persons who were partners of the firm at the time when it ceased to carry on business or, in the case if an individual, by the individual, except in the case of the death of an individual, when it must be signed by the personal representative of the deceased, and must in either case be sent by post or delivered to the Registrar of Business Names within three calendar months after the business has ceased to be carried on.
Failure to give the required notice within the time above specified entails liability to a fine of ten thousand dollars.
[FORM R.B.N. 5]
FORM R.B.N. 5 BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
Form of appeal from the decision of the Registrar under section 17(1).
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(a) Insert full name and address of appellant. (b) Insert the decision complained of.
(c) Strike out if not so desired
I(We) (a).................................................................................. ...... of (a)....................................................................................hereby give notice of appeal to the Minister from the decision of the Registrar of the.....................day of............................................, 20........, whereby he decided (b)............................................
Accompanying this notice is a statement of the grounds of appeal and of my(our) case for the decision of the Minister.
(c) I (We) desire to be heard by the Minister on this appeal.
Dated the...................day of....................................... 20...... (Signed)
To the Registrar of Business Names, Law Courts,
Georgetown.
This notice must be sent by post or delivered within twenty- one days of the date of the notice of the Registrar's decision, to the Registrar, together with a statement of the grounds of appeal and of the appellant's case in support thereof.
A copy of this notice of appeal, together with copies of the statement of the grounds of appeal and the case in support thereof, and a copy of the Registrar’s decision must at the same time be sent by the appellant to the Minister.
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[FORM R.B.N.S.D]
FORM R.B.N.S.D
BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
Form of Statutory Declaration verifying a statement furnished under the Act. I................................................, of...................................................... do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare that all the particulars contained in the statement dated the...................day of........................................, 20.........., and signed by me which is now produced and shown to be marked ....................................................are true.
And I make this solemn Declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and according to the Statutory Declarations Act. Declared at.........................................................this................day of...................................................., 20...........
Before me.
FORM OF CERTIFICATE
No. of Certificate..............................
BUSINESS NAMES (REGISTRATION) ACT
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION
I hereby certify that a Statement............................................... furnished by......................................................................................
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of......................................................pursuant to section................. of the abovementioned Act was registered on the...............day of.................................................20...........
Dated this.............day of....................................., 20............
Registrar of Business Names

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