How can my company get a SCUML certificate?

How can my company get a SCUML certificate?

June 14, 2019

SCUML is an abbreviation of Special Control Unit against Money Laundering and it is a unit under the Economic and Financial Crime Commission of Nigeria.

SCUML certificate is for Designated non-financial institutions (DNFIs) this is in line with the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act ML (P) Act 2011 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) 2011. This is usually giving upon application by the company after a background check is done on the company by the unit.

The process for obtaining a SCUML certificate is easy, simply log into SCUML, click on the tab “Register Online” and fill the registration form and attach the required documents.

The documents to be attached the depends on the type of company

The documents to be attached for business name include;

  • Certificate of incorporation
  • BN FORM 01
  • Evidence of tax Registration.
  • Professional certificate are required for professional companies.

The document for to be attached for a Limited Liability Company includes,

  • Certificate of incorporation
  • FORM CAC 1.1
  • Memorandum And Articles Of Association (MEMART)
  • Evidence of tax registration.

The document for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS)/ Non Profit Organizations (NPOS)

  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Incorporation of Trustees or CAC7
  • Constitution or Memorandum of Article of Association
  • Evidence of tax Registration( TIN Number and Print out / Tax exemption

The requirement for International NGOs/NPOs;

  • Evidence of registration with the national planning committee(NPC)
  • Constitution
  • Organisational profile
  • Evidence of tax Registration(TIN Number and Printout /Tax Exemption)

The requirements for state Registration includes;

  • Certificate of registration from state
  • Constitution
  • Valid means of identification of at least three executives means.
  • Evidence of tax Registration(TIN Number and Printout/Letter of exemption)




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