How to Register a Business Name in Nigeria

Registering a business name in Nigeria is a very easy process as the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria has simplified the procedure by introducing their website with certain search tools and online portals which minimizes the wastage of time of going to the CAC office and carrying out the procedure there. To know how the CAC Nigeria online name search works and how the whole business name registration process in Nigeria goes, read the full article as a step to step guide is described below.

1. Search for name availability

The initial and most important step for company registration in Nigeria is to register a business name. In this step, one must decide a name for their business and then check with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) if it’s available or is already in use. For this search process, CAC has their website where one can go and check for the availability. CAC’s website has a public search tool which is free of cost. Once the name is decided, the business name registration in Nigeria is a very easy-going process. If the website search confirms that there is no pre-existing business in the same name, then the incorporator, as a next step, must conduct an official search using the CAC online portal. This search costs N500 (Five Hundred Naira) and it confirms the name availability and permits reservation of business names in Nigeria for 90 days.

2. Apply for business name registration

Once the business name is approved and reserved, the incorporator, as a next step, shall submit the duly completed statutory forms. Here, the incorporator must attach two passport-sized photographs along with the form. If the company is in partnership, then each applicant’s photographs must be attached with the form.

On the other hand, if the name does not get approved then the incorporator must obtain another reservation form and re-submit it along it 2 business name options and wait for the approval.

3. Pay the applicable fee

Once all the application forms are submitted, the incorporator must pay the applicable fees for registering a business name in Nigeria. The breakage of the total fees that must be paid to the CAC is given below:

Reservation of Name

N500

Business Name Registration Form

N250

Fee for Registration of Business Name

N10,000

 

Restrictions in Registering a Business Name in Nigeria

While registering a business name in Nigeria, one must keep in mind that no rules are being violated, as there are certain pre-defined restrictions one must follow. They are:

  • The name should be 100% unique.
  • The name must not contain terms like Chamber of Commerce, Federal, National, State, Regional, Government, Municipal, Chartered, Co-operative, Building Society, Group, or Holding.
  • Names must not contain terms which in the opinion of the Commission has the capability to mislead the nature or extent of its business activities or is undesirable.
  • The name must not be offensive to the public policy.
  • The name must not be in contrary to the public policy.
  • The name must not, in the opinion of the Commission, violate any existing trademark or existing business name in Nigeria (unless a consent from the owner is obtained).

How to Change Your Company Name in Nigeria?

If you are wondering whether a person is allowed to change the names of companies in Nigeria, the answer is yes. Anyone who is willing to change their company name must follow a streamlined process, and the problem is sorted. If you are one of them and looking for a guide to take you through the procedure of changing a business name in Nigeria then you are on the right platform. A step by step procedure is stated below.

Procedure for Changing a Business Name in Nigeria

  1. Check for the availability of the desired name with the help of CAC name search, if it's available then reserve it until the whole documentation and payment procedure gets completed.
  2. Once the CAC Nigeria name search confirms that the desired name is available then prepare an application stating the reasons for the change in business name along with the signature of two directors.
  3. State a special resolution explaining the desired change along with the signature of two directors.
  4. Once the application is submitted and approved, surrender the original certificate of incorporation for cancellation purpose.
  5. The next step is to do the payment of filing fees.
  6. Check whether the annual returns are up to date.
  7. Get the stamped memorandum and articles bearing the new name.

Documents Required for Changing a Business Name in Nigeria

  • A board resolution stating the approval of name change
  • 3 copies of memorandum and articles of association using the new business name
  • The original certificate of incorporation

Costing

Reservation of business name

N500

Filing of notice regarding the change of business name

N5,000

Filing of annual return

N1,000

Delayed annual return penalty

N100 per day

 

We at Business Setup Worldwide provide company incorporation and support services in Nigeria. Our team of business advisors can guide you through the process of registering or changing your business name in Nigeria. For any query or advice on business registration in Nigeria, do contact us – we’d be happy to help.

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