Registration of Business Names in Kenya

Sole proprietorships and partnerships are both registered under the Business Names Act.

A sole proprietorship is formed by only one person whereas a partnership will consist of at least two persons and a maximum of 20 persons. The registration procedure for the two is more or less the same as the same Form BN2 is required.

Requirements for registration of a sole proprietorship/ partnership

  1. Proposed business names for search and approval;
  2. Nature of business; for professional services a practicing certificate by the relevant body for the current year will be attached;
  3. Proposed Physical address of the business. Address includes road, plot number, town, and county;
  4. Full names of the partners or the sole proprietor;
  5. Nationality of the partners/ sole proprietor;
  6. Age of each partner based on their national IDs;
  7. Gender of each of the partners;
  8. Usual place of residence of each of the partners/ sole proprietor
  9. Copy of ID / Passport for Partners /the Sole proprietor;
  10. 2 passport photos of Partners/ Sole proprietor;
  11. Copy of PIN certificate for the Partners/ Sole proprietor

Procedure for registration of a partnership/ sole proprietorship.

Name search

A search is conducted to establish if the proposed names are available for registration. A name is then reserved pending registration of the business name / partnership. The application for reservation of a name is done by a letter along with the prescribed fees

Application for registration

 A statement of particulars (form BN2) is then filled with the relevant information. This is then signed by the partners/ sole proprieter and lodged with the Registrar accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Issuance of certificate

The Certificate of registration BN 3 is then processed and issued.

If you need to register a business name or partnership, please contact us on


Share On:

Start a conversation
Scan the code
How can we help you?