How To Register A Business In Kenya

Registration of businesses in Kenya has become more advanced and easier due to technological advancements which have had a totally positive impact in the business world. One can now register his/her business online via the e-citizen portal which is a gateway to all government services.

Here is a guide on how to register a business in Kenya, particularly via the eCitizen platform.

1. Log On To Your eCitizen Account

  • You need to first log on to your eCitizen account or register for an account if you don’t have one. It is a simple and very direct process that you can simply finish within minutes.
  • After you have logged in, go to the dashboard and select business registration service.

2. Name Search and Reservation

  • Click on make application, after which a link will pop up for the name search and reservation. It takes about one day for the name search to be processed. You can reserve the business name for up to 30 days. The business names are processed from Monday to Friday between 8 am to 5 pm. The total fee for this process is 150 shillings.
  • A name search letter and an invoice of a total fee of 150 shillings will be created.
  • Proceed to make payments for the name search and reservation application. This can be paid through Mpesa, credit/debit card or an eCitizen agent.

3. Business Registration

  • You will be allowed to register your business once the business name has been approved, this may be after one day since the name search and reservation takes about a day to be processed.



There are legal registration requirements that you need to fulfil depending on the category or type of business you want to start, i.e a company, sole proprietorship or a partnership. Here are some of the requirements for such business entities.

1. Company

  •  Company registration form  CR1 which can be downloaded from the portal
  • Details of the company directors and shareholders, including scanned copies of ID/Passport, KRA certificate and recent coloured passport photographs.
  • Shareholding details
  • Physical/residential addresses of directors
  • Memorandum and article of association
  • Statement of nominal capital

The registration fee is Ksh. 10,650

2. Partnership And Sole Proprietorship

  • You will be required to fill the BN2 form which is available on the portal.
  • Upload your ID/Passport, KRA pin certificate and recent coloured passport photograph of the partners/ sole proprietor.

The registration fee is Kshs. 1,000

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