How to register a business name in Kenya Online

Business Names Registrations in Kenya, are commonly referred to as Sole Proprietorships, BN2, or Partnerships and are Registered under the Business Names Act. This is the most common business registration process for small businesses and Partnerships in Kenya.

You may register a Business name in Kenya as a sole proprietorship or a partnership to conduct you Business in Kenya. A Business name registration is normally registered for a single line or single nature of Business or a specific Business as opposed to a limited company where you may conduct multiple objectives or lines of business.

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Procedure for Business name registration in Kenya

The following is the procedure for Business Name registration.

  1. Business Name Search.

    You must provide at least three unique business name suggestions in order of preference for a Business name search. The proposed business name must be reserved pending registration.
    An application for name search of a proposed Business Name is made at the same time as the registration. No separate name searches are conducted. When choosing a Business name, have in mind that hundreds of thousands of names have been registered already. Make it as unique as possible in order to get a name or two at the first instance.
  2. Application for Business name registration.

    . Once the preferred name is searched and reserved by the registrar of Business names, the application for registration shall be processed via the prescribed BN registration form. All Online business registration in kenya are done via the eCitizen platform.
    Upon submission, the application shall be approved and ready for issuance of the certificate.
  3. Business name Certificate.

    Upon a successful application, The certificate of Registration of the Business name, also referred to as BN 3 is processed thereafter and issued.

What are the Requirements for Business Name Registration in Kenya?.

  1. The Proposed Business names for search and reservation. - The proposed business name search is conducted to ensure it is not similar to an existing registered Business. If approved, it is reserved for 30 days.
  2. The nature of Business. One activity the business shall undertake. - A Sole proprietorship or partnership is permitted to conduct only one line of business due to the nature of its liability.
  3. Names of the Proprietor/s in Full.
  4. Contact information of the proprietor
    • Email address
    • Telephone number
    • Postal address
  5. Proposed Physical address of the Business.  Address includes Name of road, Plot number, town, county.
  6. Copy of National ID for Kenyan citizens or Passport for foreign nationals, of the Proprietor or Partners.
  7. Passport photo of the Proprietor/s.
  8. Email address of the Business distinct from that of the proprietors.
  9. Residential Physical address of the proprietor or partners.  The Address to includes Name of road, house number, town, county.

Types of Business names in Kenya

There are two types of business name registrations in Kenya. They include:

  1. Sole Proprietorship: This is a business owned and run by a single individual or a Limited company. It is the simplest and most common type of business registration in Kenya.
  2. Partnership: This is a business owned by two or more individuals or an individual and a limited company. A partnership is held in accordance with the Business names act or partnership agreement.

How long does it take to register a business name in Kenya?

A Business Name registration will take an average of 3 days to process.
After business name registration what next? After the registration of the Business name, you shall apply for a PIN certificate. Thereafter you may open a Bank account and commence with your Business.

Can a business name have a PIN Certificate?

A Business name registered as a sole proprietorship cannot apply for a separate PIN. The Proprietor shall use he's personal PIN as the Business PIN.
However where there are more than one partners, then the Business name is required to apply for a PIN certificate.

Advantages of Registering a Business Name in Kenya

  1. Legal recognition to your business Registration of a Business name gives you the right to operate a Business legally.
  2. Business credibility Registration of a Business Name enhances the credibility of your business in the eyes of all third persons you deal with.
  3. Brand identity Once registered, your Business name identity is protected by the registrar of Business names and hence protects the Identity of your Business.
  4. Compliance with legal regulations Once registered your Business is compliant to process the following,
    • Obtaining Business licenses
    • Open and operate bank account
    • Qualify for contracts and tenders
    • Obtain Business permits.
    • etc

Email Application:

Send a email with the above requirements to


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or send an email for Business Name Registration request to


  1. - Change of Business Name - Change of name,

  2. - Change of Business particulars.

  3. - Removal or appointment of partners.

  4. - Cessation of Business Name registration. - Cessation of Business name.

Online Business name registration in Kenya.

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  • Name Search
  • Business Name Certificate.
  • Business Name PIN Certificate.
  • Lipa Na Mpesa (Till Registration).

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