What is a certificate of incorporation?

What is a certificate of incorporation?

July 23, 2019

A certificate of incorporation is certificate given by the corporate affairs commission and signed by the Registrar of the commission, signifying the recognition of a particular business entity or organization as a legal business operating within Nigeria.


A certificate of incorporation is given by the commission under the following circumstances;

  • After incorporation of a business name, company or incorporated trustee
  • Where an already registered company alters/ changes its name
  • When an already registered company undergoes a restructures that changes its type. E.g a change from a private company to a public company.

A certificate of incorporation needs no renewal its life span is the life span of the company. If the company is not removed from the list of registered company in Nigeria by the Commission for any reason such as long default in filing of annual returns, permanent cessation of business, winding up or any reason at all ,then the certificate of incorporation remains valid /and has no expiry date.

Contents of the certificate of incorporation

  • RC No: which means the registration number of the company
  • The name of the company
  • The date of incorporation
  • The stamp of the commission
  • The signature of the Registrar General

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