How to Register a Company in Kenya: A Step-by-Step Process

An Introduction to Company Registration in Kenya. Whether you are a Kenyan citizen or a foreign national seeking to set up your limited company in Kenya, understanding the procedure and requirements for company registration is necessary. In this company registration guide, we walk you through the following.

  1. The steps of company registration in Kenya
  2. The requirements of company registration.
  3. The benefits of company registration in Kenya

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Requirements for Registering a Limited Company in Kenya

When registering your company in Kenya, you will need to provide the following requirements

  1. Proposed company names for name search approval.- 3 names in order of priority.
  2. Objectives of the Company. The nature of Business / activities the company shall undertake.
  3. Names of the shareholders in Full.
  4. Names of the Directors in full if different from the shareholders.
  5. Contact information of the directors / shareholders. - Postal addresses, Email address and Telephone Number.
  6. Number of shares to be held by each shareholder.
  7. Proposed Physical address of the company. The Physical Address includes road, plot number, town, county.
  8. Email address of the company. Distinct from that of the directors / shareholders.
  9. Contact information of the company - Postal addresses and Telephone Number.
  10. Copy of ID / Passport of the Shareholders / Directors.
  11. Passport photos of the Shareholders / Directors.
  12. Copy of tax PIN certificate of the Shareholders / Directors.
  13. All foreign owned companies in Kenya must now have either
    • A local Director. OR
    • A certified company secretary

An application is then made to the registrar of companies. Upon a successful application a certificate of incorporation is issued to the directors / shareholders of the Company.

How Much Does It Cost to Register a Company in Kenya?

The Cost of Registering a Limited Company in Kenya may vary with the type of company one needs to incorporate.
Application for registration of a Limited company in Kenya costs Kes 10,850.

This costs include,

  • Application for registration
  • Name search

Process of registering a company in kenya

To register a limited company in Kenya involved the following procedures.

  1. Name Search The Proposed company name must be searched and reserved pending registration. Names can only be reserved for thirty days.
    Application for reservation of a name are made filling out Form CR 14. It is important to note that Name search and company registration are unified and not done separately. Three names must be provided in order of preference.
  2. Documents prescribed for incorporation of a company. The following forms are required for registration.
    • Form CR 1 - Application for registration of a Limited company, Unlimited company or a company limited by guarantee
    • Form CR 2 - Model memorandum for a company with a share capital
    • Form CR 8 - Notice of Residential address of the Directors
    • Statement of nominal capital - Declaration of Nominal Capital of the company
    • Form BOF 1 - Register of beneficial owners of a company.
  3. Only companies with a Nominal capital of over Kes 5,000,000 or companies with only Foreign Directors and shareholders are required to appoint a Certified company Secretary.
  4. The Statement of Nominal capital is exempted from stamp duty under the new company regulations

  5. Payment - Once all application documents are compiled and uploaded into the BRS system. The application payment is done and the application submitted for process.
  6. Registration - Upon a successful application the company registration certificate is processed and a certificate of incorporation is issued thereafter.


How to register a limited company in kenya

Kenya company registration documents.

The following documents are required for limited company registration in kenya,

  1. National Identity card number for Kenyan citizens.
  2. Registered iTax number for Kenyan citizens.
  3. Copy of Bio-data page of passport for foreign nations.
  4. Clear passport photo preferably in a white background.
  5. Where a company is a shareholder. - Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation of the company.

How long does it take to register a limited company in Kenya?

Registration of a company in Kenya typically takes an average of 10 to 220 days for a seamless application.. Time lines however fluctuate unpredictably depending on bulk of applications, system uptime, public holidays amongst other factors.
Where the application is referred back for corrections, names not available or other requirements, the process can take up-to 30 days.

Who can register a Limited company in Kenya.

  1. Any Adult Kenyan
  2. A local registered company
  3. A undeclared bankrupt
  4. A Foreign National intending to register a company in Kenya Must have the following
    • Have a local Kenyan Director.
    • Appoint a local registered Certified company secretary.
    • Be a legal resident with a Immigration permit and alien certificate.

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Shareholding of a Limited company in Kenya.

The shareholding of a company in Kenya is determined by the Nominal capital of the company and the Classes of the shares in the company.
You may have a Nominal capital of as low as KES 100.

It is important to note that companies with nominal capital over 5,000,000 are required to appoint a CPS - Certified company secretary.

Online company application Kenya.

or send an email Company Registration request to info@bizbrokerskenya.com

company setup in kenya.

You can now fill out and make an Online application for a limited liability company, and we shall guide you through the process of opening a company in kenya.
This service makes it easier and faster for us to process your application documents prior to submission of the prescribed documents.

You can download the list of requirements HERE and mail them back to info@bizbrokerskenya.com


Incorporation of limited companies in Kenya.

At Biz Brokers Kenya, your business registration is processed by experienced staff with extensive knowledge in the process of registering a limited company in kenya. We provide a one stop company formation solution.

Kenya company registration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is the process for registering a company in Kenya?

    The process involves several steps

    • Choose a unique business name and check its availability Online.
    • Appoint shareholders and directors of the company.
    • Prepare the registration forms Online. Form CR 1, Form CR2, Form 8, and a statement of nominal capital.
    • Submit the application Online via BRS on the eCitizen platform.
    • Pay the prescribed fees.
    • Upon a successful application your are issued with a certificate of incorporation.
  2. What are the types of companies that can be registered in Kenya?

    The Companies Act of Kenya recognizes various types of companies, including private limited companies, public limited companies, and companies limited by guarantee.

  3. What documents are required for company registration?

    Typically, you'll need a completed registration forms CR1, CR2, CR8, statement of nominal capital, and identification documents for directors and shareholders.

  4. How long does it take to register a company in Kenya?

    The process usually takes between 10 to 15 working days, depending on the workload of the Companies Registry and the accuracy of the documents submitted.

  5. Can foreigners register a company in Kenya?

    Yes, foreigners can register a company in Kenya. However, certain restrictions and requirements may apply, such as.

    • As a legal resident. With an immigration permit and Alien certificate.
    • As a solo director / shareholder upon appointment of a CS.
    • With at least one Kenya Director or Shareholder
  6. Do I need a physical office address in Kenya to register a company?

    Yes, a registered office address in Kenya is required for company registration. This address will be used for official correspondence with the government and other entities.

  7. What are the ongoing compliance requirements after company registration?

    Companies in Kenya are required to comply with various statutory obligations, including annual filing of returns, maintaining statutory books and records, holding annual general meetings, and updating changes in company structure or management.

  8. Can I change the name of my company after registration?

    Yes, it is possible to change the name of a company after registration. However, this process involves certain legal requirements and may require approval from the Companies Registry.

  9. Where can I get assistance with company registration in Kenya?

    You can seek assistance from professional service providers such as legal firms, Accountants, business consultants, certified secretaries or company registration agencies. Additionally, the Kenyan government provides resources and guidance through the Companies Registry and relevant regulatory authorities.

  10. What is the minimum share capital for a private limited company in Kenya?

    There's no set minimum share capital requirement.

  11. Can a single person own a private limited company in Kenya?

    Yes, a single individual may establish a private limited company as a sole director / shareholder.

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