It is now easy to register a company in Kenya through the eCitizen portal. A Business Name is also referred to as Sole Proprietorships, BN2, or Partnerships and is registered under the Business Names Act. It is the simplest business form under which one can operate a business. It is also a Name/Title under which a person or an entity conducts a business.
It is also a Name/Title under which a person or an entity conducts a business. Remember that, a Business Name is not a legal entity, it simply refers to a person who owns the business and is personally responsible for its debts.
The Registrar of Companies is the only person responsible for business registrations in Kenya. He/she is responsible for the issuance of certificates of compliance for foreign companies, certificates of incorporation for local companies and certificates of registration for sole proprietorship/partnerships.
A Firm must obtain registration from National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). A business permit is obtained from the County Government offices depending on the business type.
Registrations of companies such as sole proprietorships and partnership are done through the eCitizen platform. For limited liability partnerships (LLPs), registration is still done the old-fashioned way at the registrar of companies office.
This is the first step of registering your sole proprietor and there is usually one way to go by performing a business search on eCitizen from the comfort of your home or office.
Login to your eCitizen account, fill in the forms with the required information and pay the registration fees online. If you don’t have an account click here to learn how to create one and sign up immediately.
Note: you will be required to collect requirements that will be used to fill the business name registration form(BN/2 Form). Here are some of the information you are required to fill
With the introduction of new requirements by the Company Registry, each applicant who wants to register a business is to provide a proof of identity with the following documents;
Once the registration is approved, a certificate will be available for download at eCitizen. Company registration submission takes about 3 – 5 Days depending on eCitizen workload.
An email is sent to you confirming reservation and availability of your business name. It’s, therefore, time for you to register your business name.