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Overview

The principal types of business enterprises in Kenya are:

  • Registered Companies (Private and Public)
  • Branch offices of companies registered outside Kenya
  • Partnerships
  • Sole Proprietorships; and
  • Societies

Company Registration

Link to the step-by-step guide to Company registration procedure

In order to register a company in Kenya, You will need to:
Pay KES 150 and reserve a company name through the ecitizen portal and get it approved by the Registrar of Companies through the ecitizen portal
Through the ecitizen portal Fill the online forms, pay the company incorporation fees KES 10650 print the forms sign and upload them back to the system. During application the applicant is supposed to attach a passport photo and an individual pin certificate if the applicant is a local. The forms include:

  • CR Notice of the registered address of director - CR8
  • Application to register company limited by shares - CR1
  • Memorandum of a company with share capital-CR 2.
  • • Statement of nominal capital

You will then be issued with a certificate of incorporation, a list of the registered company shareholders (CR12). You are then required to obtain NSSF employer registration, NHIF employer registration, A KRA pin and unified business permit from the county government

Opening a branch office of an overseas company

Link to the step-by-step guide of the branch registration procedure

In order to register a company in Kenya, You will need to;
Pay KES 150 and reserve a company name through the ecitizen portal and get it approved by the Registrar of Companies through the ecitizen portal
Through the ecitizen portal fill the online forms, Pay the company registration fees KES 6850, print the forms sign them and upload them back to the system. During application the applicant is supposed to attach the following:

  • A notarized certificate of incorporation from the country of origin
  • A notarized charter /memorandum / constitution
  • Passport showing bio data page for the directors and the local representatives if non Kenyan
  • A list containing the names of the company directors and their personal details
  • Address of the company’s proposed registered office
  • A notice specifying the address of that office

Identity Card and pin certificate for the local representative if KenyanBusiness name/sole proprietorship/partnership registration
A business name is reserved through the ecitizen portal at a cost of KES 150.
Once the name has been approved the applicant applies and pays for registration through the ecitizen system. The registration cost is 850 KES. During application the client fills the statement of particulars form then prints the form and signs on it. The signed form is then scanned and uploaded to the system

NHIF and NSSF Registration
With the certificate of incorporation the company should apply for company PIN, NSSF employer registration, NHIF employer registration and obtain a single business permit.

Register with KenInvest

Link to the Investor registration procedure 

You can reduce to reduce the bureaucracy you face in relation to licensing, immigration and negotiating tax incentives and exemptions from the relevant authorities by registering with us. In order to do this, you will need to;

Fill the Investment Application Form

Engage legal advice in Kenya.

Register Your business

Submit Application Form + Certificate of Incorporation + Articles and memorandum of association to KenInvest

Issue of The Investment License

You will be then be issued  with an investment Certificate after your project has undergone an Enviormental, Health and Secuity impact assessments depending on the sector.

Documents

DocumentIssuing AgencyMore Information
Information on various business types and procedures for registrationPDF (110 KB) KenInvest More information on various types of formal entities and registration procedured can be found at www.attorney-general.go.ke
Registering a Foreing Owned CompanyPDF (300 KB) KenInvest Details and requirements for registering a foreign owned company in Kenya
Register Online for Personal Identification Number and VAT Registration Kenya Revenue Authority All businesses are required to obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This is the tax registration document. An application for a PIN is to be made to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)

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