How do I register my company with CAC?

  1. Check for availability of the Business Name (click here). Read more about name reservationand Reserve a new Name   (click here)
  2. Complete pre-registration form – CAC-BNo1 and upload relevant registration documents(Online using Company Registration Portal)
  3. Pay filing fee  Check the Fees for our Services here
    • Now registration is end-to-end on the COMPANY REGISTRATION PORTAL (CRP) with electronic Certificate of Registration and Certified Extract of registration information

 Note: Individual/Proprietors can register business names without the services of the legal practitioner, chartered Accountant or Chartered Secretary.

Step-By-Step Process on How to Register Your Company in CAC Nigeria

1. Get a company name

The first step for any individual to start a company is to get its name registered with the authorities. In the case of Nigeria, after choosing a suitable name for your company it should be promptly submitted to the CAC website to check for its availability. Usually, you should submit two names so that if one is taken, the other might be available. A name can be rejected if it already exists, is confusing, or includes prohibited words such as ‘National’, ‘Federal’, ‘Government’ or ‘Holdings’ without special permission. It normally takes up to a week to complete the process of business name registration in Nigeria.

2. Prepare the MOA

This step is best done by a lawyer. He/she is qualified for preparing the Memorandum of Association (MOA) and all the related documents based on the objectives of the company you wish to register. It is the lawyer’s responsibility to request the names of the initial subscribers, directors as well as the shareholders. Each director or subscriber must be above the age of 18, of sound mind, and must not have been convicted of any crime. The directors are required to provide a means of identification for inspection by the CAC.

3. Fill the Pre-Registration Form

After the documents have been duly prepared, you are required to fill a form by the CAC, mentioning all the necessary details, and submit it to the CAC again, together with all the required documents. You can also have a company secretary for your business who can act as a lawyer or an accountant and be completely responsible for filing the documentation with the CAC after the company is registered.

The process of documentation is as follows:

  1. All directors must fill the Particulars of Director form [Form CAC 7]
  2. One director must fill the Statement of Share Capital and Return of Allotment form [Form CAC 2]
  3. One director and the Company Secretary have to fill the Notice of Situation/Change of Registered Address form [Form CAC 3]
  4. An individual or firm accredited by the CAC can fill the Declaration of Compliance with the Requirements of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) form [Form CAC 4]
  5. At least 2 directors have to fill the form appointing a Company Secretary for the company

4. Pay the Stamp Duty and Filling Fee

After filling the registration form together with the preparation of the MOA, the next stage is the payment of stamp duty done at an arm of the Federal Inland Revenue Services. The stamp duty is usually paid at a designated bank into the account of the Federal Inland Revenue Services. After the payment, the applicant proceeds to the Stamp Duty Commission, where the Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA) with some of the incorporation forms are stamped.

After this, the filled forms and accompanying stamped documents are submitted to the CAC. The Certificate of Incorporation will likely be returned after about six weeks from the date of submission.

5. Prepare the Scanned Copy of Your Documents

The next step is to prepare the signed scan copy of your pre-registration documents mentioned in step 3. It must be further uploaded online as follows:

  • Form CAC1.1
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Recognized form of identification for Director(s)/Subscriber(s) and Secretary
  • Evidence of payment to CAC

You can upload all these documents for processing

6. Submit the Original Documents

The final step is to submit all the originals of the documents which were scanned in step 5.

Documents Required for Company Registration

  • A notice of the registered address of your business
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA)
  • Receipt of payment of your stamp duties
  • Particulars, list, and consent of the first directors of your company
  • Statement of compliance by a legal practitioner

Essential Requirements to Register a Company in Nigeria

  • Your company can have 2 to 50 members
  • The members of your company must be at least 18 years old
  • You can’t register a company if any of the members are of unsound mind, disqualified by the CAMA, or bankrupt
  • The minimum limit of share capital required for company registration in Nigeria is NGN 10,000

Cost of Setting a Company in Nigeria

ParticularsFees in Naira
Reservation of Name500
Registration of private company with share capital of N1million or less10,000
Registration charges for private company10,000.00 for every N1million or part thereof
Filing of annual returns for private company3,000
Certified true copy of company registration10,000
Certified true copy of other documents2,000 per document

Also, just as a precautionary measure, make sure to check with the authority for the fee once again as you wouldn’t want your money to be wasted. Registering a company in Nigeria can be a complicated process for a foreigner not aware of the regional corporate laws, but with proper research and support, one can start his/her company in a jiffy. Business Setup Worldwide helps entrepreneurs and firms register their company in Nigeria, taking care of all the formalities and legal procedures involved.