SIMPLE STEPS: How to Easily Register your Business in Nigeria


    you must register your business with the Corporate Affairs Commission
    which is the Agency empowered by the Company and Allied Matters Act
    1990, Pursuant to section 659 to register businesses operation in
    It is the requirement of the law that you should register your business if you wants to do legitimate business in Nigeria.

    on the magnitude of your business, you can register it all by
    yourselves without the need of a Lawyer. The categories for business
    registration in Nigeria are:

    (a) Business Name Registration

    (b) Private Limited Company (LTD)

    (c) Public Limited Company (PLC)

    (d) Company Limited by Guarantee (LTD/GTE)

    (e) Unlimited Company (ULTD)

    (f) Incorporated Trustee

    this article, I will be dealing with the first two (Business Name, and
    Private Limited Company) which is the two most popular and most relevant
    to small and medium scale Entrepreneurs. Apart from the requirement of
    the law, there are other great benefits of registering your business.

    It helps you secure your company name before someone else takes it. I
    have seen people try both their first and second choice name with none
    available and considering the stress one go through for the name search,
    not having the first set available isn’t what anyone should toil with.
    So early registration helps secure your choice name.

    Registering your business add seriousness and authenticity to your
    business. It makes you feel more responsible and work harder towards
    establishing your business and brand.  It makes you feel like a serious
    business person and Increases your drive towards success.

    When Palness Media was just a name, I used to make mention of it only
    as a mere formality without serious claim to it even though businesses
    were being carried out with the name. But when it becomes a registered
    business, everything changed and we became more serious and better

    You will be able to open a corporate account with your business name
    only if it is registered and of course you know the importance of having
    a corporate current account – it makes people feel more relaxed to
    transact business with you.

    that you know the importance of registering your company, how do you
    proceed to register your business in Nigeria? The steps are simple but
    sometimes can be very tedious due to our system. Here are the practical
    steps how you can go about it without much tears!

    Step 1 –
    Proceed to the Corporate Affairs Commission Office nearest to you and
    submit your business name for Name Search. Just walk into the place and
    obtain the CAC Form 1 for N200

    the form correctly in CAPITAL LETTER – There is nothing much to fill,
    just your name, your address and The Names you intends to register, tick
    the type of company category you want to register as. You have option
    one and two – Option one is your first choice name, while option two is
    the alternative name in case the first choice isn’t available.

    a Photocopy of the filled form before submitting it, the photocopy is
    what you will bring back to be used to locate your form.

    the original and go back in three days to check if your name is
    available. If not, you will have to repeat the process all over again
    until you find one that is available.

    Note: If you go for popular phrases, you have 99% possibility of not having it available. Chose something unique and uncommon.

    Step 2 –
    Once you checked and your name is available, begin the registration
    process immediately! Obtain the Business Name registration form for N250
    (as at February 2013) and fill it.

    If it is Limited Company you want to register, you will buy the set of Company Incorporation forms for N500. Download the PDF of the detailed requirement for Incorporated Trustees Under Part C of CAMA No.1 of 1990.

    you are confused about what to fill in those forms, ask someone there
    to assist you. For business name, its really not difficult. For Limited
    Liability, it can be quite challenging but someone there can just be of
    help as long as you’ve provided all the requirements in the PDF
    downloadable above.

    Step 3 –
    Take your completed form to the Federal High Court or State High Court
    for attestation. That one cost N250 but if you don’t know your way,
    those guys will short change you – I paid ₦800 for Palness Media. So,
    when you get there, ask for where you can do attestation.

    you are through with that, return back to Corporate Affairs Commission
    office and submit your completed and attested forms. The first person
    will view it and sign on it and ask you to pass it to the next person
    who will type it into the computer and print it out for you to see and
    make amend if necessary.

    your final payment for the registration into their UBA Bank account
    usually attached to all the CAC offices, so you don’t need to go
    elsewhere to make the payment.

    When all these have been successfully fulfilled, your business will be up for registration and certification.

    For Business Name – Go back for your Certificate after 8 working days or thereabout.
    As for Limited Company, your certificate will be sent to you once it is ready.

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