Procedure for registration of a Company in Kenya.

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Limited Company registration in kenya

Any Adult person or company qualifies to register a Limited company in Kenya. There is no restriction on foreign nationals or foreign companies from owning a Kenyan company 100%. However there are some specific licenses under other legislations that require Kenyan shareholding.
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Steps of registering a company in Kenya?

To Register a company in Kenya, you shall follow the following procedure.

  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 and be accompanied with the prescribed fee.
  2. Documents prescribed for incorporation of a company.
    The company Memorandum and Articles of Association - Highlights the objectives of the company, the subscribers, the share structure of the company and the subscribers to the Memorandums and Articles of the company.
    • 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 Kshs 500,000 are required to have a Certified company Secretary.
  4. The Statement of Nominal capital is exempted from stamp duty under the new company regulations

  5. Registration - Upon a successful application the company registration certificate is processed and a certificate of incorporation is issued thereafter.

Requirements for company registration in kenya.

To register a company in Kenya you shall require the following information and documents.

  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.

Documents required to regisbiter a company 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 many directors can a limited company in Kenya have?

Under Kenyan company Law, you can have a minimum of 1 shareholder / Director and not more than 20 directors and or shareholders

Shareholding of a 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.

How can I check if a company is registered in Kenya?

To confirm if a company is duly registered in Kenya, you can make an application for a cr12 or official search via the ecitizen website. A CR12 shall provide you with the following information

  1. Name of company
  2. Date of registration of a company
  3. Registration number of the company
  4. Registered address of the company
  5. Nominal capital of the company
  6. Directors and shareholders in the company.

What is the Cost of registering a company in kenya?

  • Name search KES 150
  • Company with a Nominal capital of up-to 5,000,000 KES 10,650
  • Consultation and processing on request.

At Biz Brokers Kenya we assist you with the process of registering your company in kenya.

How long does it take to register a company

We process Limited company registrations in Averagely 10 days. The duration for registration is largely affected by the bulk of applications, system up-times, public holidays etc.

Benefits of registering a company in Kenya.

  1. Acknowledgment as a legal entity by the government of Kenya.
  2. Creates brand recognition and legitimacy.
  3. Enables you trade and do business with the government, private sector and public.
  4. You can open a bank account in your company name and access finance opportunities.
  5. Enables registration of trademarks and patents for your business brands.
  6. Protects your business from copyright infringements.
  7. Perpetual existence. The company can continue to operate even if one or more of its shareholders dies or leaves the company.

Kenya Company registration check list.

  1. Copy of Passport.
  2. Passport Photo.
  3. Residential address.
  4. Proposed physical addres of the company.
  5. Contact information of the passport.
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Setting up a company 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

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.

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