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10 August 2013

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How to Register your Business in Nigeria - A Step-by-step Guide

This post is published in detail by the same author at I had to summarize it here because of its relevancy to the targeted audience.
Do you have a business or want to establish one? Consider registering your business name today with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission. You can register your business name in Nigeria with or without a Lawyer. Just follow the instructions below. After registration, your business becomes your sole property. Your registered business name is one of your most important business
assets and automatically there is a trademark protection to the business in the state and federal level. No other person will be allowed to use your business name for any commercial transaction without your direct or indirect consent.  The process of business name registration is very simple and straight forward.

How to Register a Business Name in Nigeria
  1. Choose your business name: Take your time and be sure that your business name is highly related to the product you want to produce/sale and/or services you want to render. Choose your business name wisely. Read on How to Name Your Business
  2. Visit Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC): At the CAC, you will be given a business name search form (Form008). This form is used to search for business name availability. Fill in the form appropriately and submit it. Payment of filling fees at the corporate affairs commission at the time of writing this article is N500.  This form acts as an application for business name registration and should clearly state the business name that you intend to register.
  3. Visit Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) after some days: business name search usually takes about a week. If your business name is not available you repeat step 1-3. If your proposed business is available, Collect another form called Registration of Business Name (Form001), fill it and proceed to payment of the registration fee which at this time cost N10, 000 only. Upon payment of the registration fee, collect affidavit/attestation form and proceed to the any magistrate court nearer to you for endorsement by the court magistrate. Here you will pay N250 only as court fees.
  4. Collect your business name certificate of registration. You are done with business name registration in Nigeria. You can then think about incorporating it to either Ltd or PLC.
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  1. Lovely write up, quite informative. But for those who do not have the time to go through this process, they can employ the service of a lawyer.

    1. So to have a business of any significant size, you have to be registered, right? I've been thinking over making my own business, so this is really useful information.

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  2. I have a business and need to register it at business incorporation. The price is $499.00 for an instant registration. There's a 30 day waiting period if I register for free. Where can I find similar sites to register without paying anything and not have to put up with the waiting game?

  3. Its really a nice and informative post you have shared, which is knowledgeable and help us to register our online business. As we are also working with online business directory in Nigeria.

  4. Good

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  5. Nice article. It was helpful.

  6. Thanks for the nice and informative post. I've been trying to get my business registered, but I wasn't quite sure how to go about it. From what you've said I'm not too worried about it, I just hope I don't run into any problems along the way.

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