Business Name Registration
The registration of your business with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) is one of the requirements of doing business with a name other than your personal name in Nigeria. The Corporate Affairs Commission (www.cac.gov.ng) is the body saddled with the responsibility of regulating the formation and management of companies in Nigeria. In this write-up, I will be explaining the steps involved in registering a Business Name in Nigeria.
The registration of business name under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990 confers on the proprietor or partners the right to carry out their business under a Business Name. It does not confer any special right or privilege or licence to carry on the business itself. For instance, if I register a hospital with the commission, it doesn’t grant me the right to practice medicine. I still have to obtain the licence from relevant professional bodies. However, it’s very essential to register your business name, especially if your business has prospects for growth to avoid incurring the wrath of the law and unnecessary litigations in future.
To register your Business Name, you can employ the services of a professional or you can do it yourself especially if you have some time to spare. Where professional advice is necessary are for Company Limited by Guarantee (LTD/GTE), Public Liability Company (PLC), Incorporated Trustees etc. I will never forget a woman complaining of paying =N=50,000 to a professional for the registration of her school who keep giving her one excuse or the other. She had no choice than to do it herself.
if you decide to register yours yourself, then these are the steps involved:
I. Visit any of the Corporate Affairs Commission offices across Nigeria. In Abuja, they are at
Plot 420 Tigris Crescent off Aguyi Ironsi Street Maitama.
In Lagos: 17 Oweh Street Yaba Lagos. or
Jobi Fele way Alausa Ikeja, Lagos.
You can also check their website for their office nearest to you (www.cac.gov.ng or www.cacnigeria.org ).
II. Purchase the ‘Availability Check and Reservation of Name Form’ (CAC 1) at the time of writing, it goes for =N=200. You can also download the form here (www.cacnigeria.org/downloads.html ). But I guess you will still need to pay the =N=200 because you need to submit the form with your receipt. The figure below shows the Form CAC 1.Form CAC 1
III. Fill in your name for ‘Name of Presenter’, your address, email etc. You don’t need to fill anything for ‘Accreditation Number’. Enter your preferred business name for ‘Option One’ and alternative name for ‘Option Two’. In the section ‘The name is to be used for’ Tick the box after ‘Business Name’. Those are the important things, write the date and sign.
IV. Submit the form with a copy of the receipt, you will be asked to come back in 14-21 days time.
This is the most challenging stage of the whole process because you can’t proceed to the next stage if your Business Name has not been approved. If both names ‘Option 1 and 2‘ fail, you have to buy another ‘Availability Form’ and go though the process again. I’m hoping that CAC will automate this process; it would have been a lot easier if you can do all this online. But for now this is how it works.
V. After the availability of your Business Name has been established, the Business Name will be reserved for you for a period of 60 days within which you have to complete the registration. Currently, the Application for Registration of Business Name form goes for =N= 4,000 and file for =N=250. The sample of the form is shown below
VI. In this form, you fill in the approved Business Name, the general nature of business, business address, proprietor(s) and partners (if any) etc. You are not expected to fill everything in this form as most of them are for cases where there are multiple proprietors and when a proprietor is less than 18 years old. You also need to submit this form with the receipts, you will be asked to come for your certificate in 14-28 days time.
These are step for your business name registration, however in certain occasions, waivers are granted to these procedures such as during Trade Fairs. In these events, you don’t have to go through all the procedures for determining availability of your business name, hence the process is faster.
How to register your Business Name in NigeriaTweet