How to register a private (Limited Liability) company in Nigeria.

How to register a private (Limited Liability) company in Nigeria.

October 19, 2018

A private Company, also known as a limited liability company is simple to register; this makes it the most sought after of registered businesses in Nigeria. One of the numerous advantages of registering this type of company is that, shareholders are not personally liable for debts and liabilities of the company.

Register your private company by following the simple steps ;

  1. Choose 2 names for the proposed company in order of preference.
  2. Log on to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) portal at
  3. Conduct a search for availability of the name on the CA.C website.
  4. Reserve the available name by paying reservation fees after which a notice of approval will be sent by the commission.
  5. Complete the online pre-registration form (CAC 1.1) on the portal.
  6. Pay filing and stamp duties fees.
  7. Prepare the following documents to be scanned on to the portal.

i. Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of Shareholders, stating the shareholding percentage for each shareholder.

ii. Name, address, phone number and email address of Company Secretary

iii. Name, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of Directors (minimum of two directors. Note that to appoint a minor, i.e. a person below 18 years of age as a director, there has to be a minimum of two adult directors).

iv. Proposed Company address.

v. Proposed share capital of the company (minimum of 1million naira is advised).

vi. Means of identification for the directors, shareholders and Company Secretary i.e a copy of international passport, permanent voters card, national id card or driver’s license

vii. Objects of the Company, i.e business the Company proposes to operate

viii. Memorandum and Articles of association of the Company.

ix. Submit the original copies of the scanned documents at the nearest CAC office

Please note that only accredited CAC agents can make an application for this registration on your behalf.

Best regards,

Team 618 Bees



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  • When are Annual Returns due for filing?

    A company’s first Annual Returns are due for filing after 18 months of its inception, subsequently it should be filed annually as the name implies. The filing dates could differ for each company depending on their financial year end but must be filed not later than 42 days after its Annual General Meeting.

    The Annual Returns for Business Names is due not later than the 30th of June each year except in the year the business was registered.

  • Do I need a Company Secretary?

    A limited liability company (LLC) must have a company secretary.

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    SON Product Registration scheme is mandatory for all SON’s regulated products as mandated by SON Act 56 of 1971, 20 of 1984, 18 of 1990 as amended.

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