How to register a company in Kenya

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Do you want to register a company in Kenya?

This post gives a guide on how to register a company in Kenya. Please contact us on for any inquiries.

The Registrar of Companies carries out the registration of companies and other forms of businesses in Kenya pursuant to the Companies Act, 2015 of the Laws of Kenya.

We assist clients wishing to register a business in Kenya which can take any of the following form;

  1. A private company limited by shares
  2. A private company limited by guarantee
  3. Branch of a foreign company
  4. An unlimited company
  5. A public company limited by shares.
  6. A sole proprietorship/partnership or limited liability partnerships.

We give you an overview of the registration of  private companies limited by shares in Kenya in accordance with the new Kenyan Companies Act, 2015.

Procedure for Registration of the company in Kenya

A person wishing to incorporate a company should lodge with the Registrar the following documents:

  1. Application and reservation of company name
    We start the registration of a company in Kenya with the search of the desired company name. The Registrar of companies can only register a name that is not similar to another registered company in Kenya . The Registrar of Companies has given new requirements for the name to be registered.The Registrar of Companies will approve and issue the applicant with a letter confirming that the name is available for registration.
  1. Form CR 1– We will assist to prepare the application for registration of a company in Kenya. We will require the following details;
    1. Registered office
    2. Director/shareholder details
    3. Liability of members (by shares or guarantee)
    4. If the company is private or public, consent of the director/secretary
    5. Address of the agent making the application.
  1. Form CR 2  – We will lodge with the Registrar of Companies in Kenya the model memorandum of association. Please note that unless stated explicitly in the memorandum, the company will not be restricted in the business it carries out.
  1. Statement of Nominal Share Capital duly stamped upon payment of stamp duty. The payment of stamp duty has now been waived and this is no longer a requirement to register a company in Kenya.
  1. Notification of directors’ residential address. (Form CR8)– We will lodge with the Registrar of Companies a notification of the director’s residential address. The Registrar of companies requires all directors to provide a comprehensive details of their residential address. This will include the plot no, physical address, road, building and postal address.
  1. Articles of Association – We can assist a company prepare its own articles of association or adopt the model articles provided for in the Act.
  1.  Identification documents- The Kenyan Companies Act requires that directors will be required to provide the national identity card, passport photographs and PIN Certificates.

Requirements to register a company in Kenya


For Kenyan Citizens attach copies of:

  • Identification Card (ID)
  • Personal Identification Number certificate (PIN)
  • Passport size photo (coloured)

For Non Kenyans (Foreigners) attach copies of:

  • Passport pages with bio data
  • Passport size photo (coloured )

Corporate Shareholders

Attach a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the company

If you would like to register a company in Kenya, please contact us on or and we will guide you through the entire process.

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