How To Register a Company in Nigeria-Public or Private

To Register a Company Business In Nigeria, you only need to take some simple steps. Before now, it was very cumbersome and expensive, but now, you do not even need the services of a lawyer to register your company in Nigeria.

Follow the simple steps.

  1. check if your proposed business name is available for registration. You can do this by using CAC’s Online Public Search engine for Nigerian Businesses. Read more about name reservation. If you do no wish to use the public online search engine, You must visit any of the Corporate Affairs Offices and complete the requisite statutory forms, prepare and print the memorandum and articles of association, and have them stamped by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)
  2. Reserve a new Name   (click here)
  3. Complete pre-registration form – CAC1.1 (Online option) or (Download and fill). If you doing it offline, here are the forms you will be required to fill and submit: Name reservation and availability form, Memorandum and articles of association, stamped by the commissioner for stamp duties (two copies), Form CAC 3, Notice of registered address, Form CAC 7, Particulars of directors, Form CAC 2, Statement of share capital and return of allotment of shares.
  4. Pay filing fee to CAC Check the Fees for our Services here
  5. Pay Stamp duty fee to FIRS
  6. Prepare the signed scan copy of your pre-registration documents for upload as follows:
    • Form CAC1.1
    • Memorandum and Article of Association (MEMART)
    • Proficiency certificate (where applicable)
    • Recognized form of identification for Director(s)/Subscriber(s) and Secretary
    • Stamp duty certificate
    • Evidence of payment to CAC
  7. Upload the scanned documents for processing. (click here)
  8. Submit the original copies of the documents uploaded at step 6 (Form CAC1.1, MEMART, etc) to the CAC office you had selected in exchange for your certificate and the Certified True copies of the documents.


  • Directors of company can register limited liability company (llc) without the services of a Legal Practitioner, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary but must show evidence of membership of that company.




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