How to register a business in Kenya-2023

how to register a business in kenya 2023


Any Kenyan citizen or resident who is 18 years of age or older can register a business in Kenya. The Registrar of Companies at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Nairobi is responsible for business registrations.

All company and business registrations (sole proprietorships, partnerships, and limited liability partnerships) must be done through the eCitizen online platform.

The Kenya Business Registration Services Act 2015 aims to ease the operation of businesses in the country by devolving the registration process to every county. This means that businesses can now register with the Business Registration Service (BRS) in their county of operation, rather than having to travel to Nairobi.

This has a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced costs: The cost of registering a business is now lower, as businesses no longer have to travel to Nairobi.
  • Increased convenience: Businesses can now register their businesses closer to home, which is more convenient for them.
  • Promoted local business: The devolution of the registration process has promoted local business ideas and legal entities, as businesses are now more likely to register in their county of operation.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the Kenya Business Registration Services Act 2015 also allows any person above 18 years to purchase or otherwise acquire, hold, charge, and dispose of movable and immovable property, borrow money, etc., with a registered business/company. This means that businesses have more legal protection and are able to access more opportunities.

If you are thinking about starting a business in Kenya, I encourage you to register your business with the BRS. It is a simple process that will protect your business and give you access to many benefits.

Requirements for Business Registration

1. 3 Passport Photos

2. 2 copies of an application for Name Reservation (CR14)

3. Statement of Particulars

4. 2 copies of the Name Reservation letter

5. 4 copies of the Identity Card

6. PIN certificate

7. Assessed statement of particulars

8. Payment Receipt

9. 2 copies of the Business Permit Application Form

10. Approved Business Permit Application Form

11. Payment invoice for Application Fees

12. Payment invoice for Business Permit


For Taxpayers registration

Companies Registry,
Kenya Revenue Authority desk
Harambee Avenue
P.O Box 30031-00100,
Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke
Website: www.kra.go.ke

Obtaining a business permit/license

City Hall Annexe, Licencing Department
P.O.Box 30075-00100,
Tel: +254 202 176 467
Email: info@nairobi.go.ke
Website: www.nairobi.go.ke

NHIF Employer Registration

National Hospital Insurance Fund, Registration Desk
P.O Box 30443-00100, Nairobi-Kenya
Tel: +254 800 720 601 / +254 202 723 255/56
Tel. 1: (020) 2714806
Email: customercare@nhif.or.ke
Website: http://www.nhif.or.ke

Steps to register your business/company

STEP 1: Company Name Reservation

  1. Register on eCitizen
  2. Apply and pay for company name search
  3. Obtain company name reservation

STEP 2: Company Registration

  1. Apply and pay for company registration
  2. Submit signed application forms
  3. Obtain company registration documents

STEP 3: Taxpayer Registration

  1. Apply for company Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) pin
  2. Submit KRA pin acknowledgment receipt
  3. Obtain company KRA pin

STEP 5: Obtain Unified Business Permit

  1. Verification of business application permit from
  2. Assessment of business license fees
  3. Obtain the invoice for the business license fee
  4. Pay for license fees and obtain a unified business permit

STEP 6: National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF)

  1. Apply for NHIF employer registration
  2. Obtain NHIF employer’s code

STEP 7: National Social Security Fund Registration

  1. Apply for NSSF employer registration
  2. Obtain NSSF certificate of registration

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