How to register a Business Name in Nigeria.

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Registration of Business Name in Nigeria is done with the Companies Affairs Commission (CAC), it's much easier when compared to the registration processes for private limited companies in Nigeria.
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Step 1: Name Availability Search:
This is the first step when registering any kind of company or organization in Nigeria, to check if your desired Business Name is still available.
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Please, also note that certain phrase/words are not allowed when registering a Business Name / Enterprise in Nigeria, such as;
1). “Group”
2). “LTD” or “Limited"
3). “Investment” etc.
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Step 2: Business Name Application:
In this process, you will document the nature and address of the business. You will also write down the owners of the business name.
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Proprietors of a Business Name: Anyone can be a proprietor or owner of a business name.
Even you!
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Underage Owner:
Any company or individual can be an owner of a business name. Even underage people can own a business name, however this requires special permission.
If the owner is a minor, the CAC asks for an attestation from a magistrate, legal practitioner, or a police officer of a certain rank.
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Company as an Owner:
A company can also own a Business Name. In this case, the CAC asks for an attestation from the company's director or secretary.
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Mixed Ownership:
Owners of a business name can also be a mix of Individuals and Companies!
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Step 3: Filing:
Once you’ve completed the "Business Name Application", it. costs NGN 10,000 naira only to File at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). No stamp duty is required!
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Registering a business name in Nigeria requires having a valid and nationally recognized form of identification such as;
1. Passport
2. Driver’s license
3. Permanent voter’s card
4. National ID card.
These can sometimes take months to obtain. So if you’re in a hurry, they may accept a declaration of age.
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