Gone are those days you must visit CAC office before you can get your business name registered but now due to technology and its advancement, Nigeria’s CAC has made it possible for us to register our company at any convenient time and place through our laptop or smartphone and, everything will be completed without any issue.. Thanks to technology!
Although, I have wrote a blog post about how you can register your business with CAC in Nigeria using Offline or Online method but few days ago, a reader stumbled on the post through google search engine but after reading, she said it’s not clear to her which I decided to make clear through this blog post that focus only on how you can register your business or company in Nigeria with CAC without visiting any outlets.
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Let save the intro for now and get into the main content but before then, let me quickly introduce you to Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC and what they do:
About Nigeria’s CAC
CAC – Corporate Affairs Commission was founded in 1990. It’s in charge of regulating the formation and management of companies in Nigeria..
So in this blog post, I will teach you the most easiest method of registering your business or company with the corporate affairs commission using the online method and also, how to get your approval through your own special availability code.
How to Register Your Business Online in Nigeria With CAC
We are going to discuss this in different parts for easy understanding. But make sure you have your ATM Card with you because you are going to pay for this business name registration.
PART A – How to Create An Account on CAC Website
We are just going to create an account on CAC’s official website to kickstart your business name registration
Just follow the steps below:
===> Go to http://www.services.cac.gov.ng/signup to create an account
===> Fill in the necessary details and make sure you use your legal name as it appears on your National I.D card or any Nigeria’s National identity document.
===> After filling your details, click on ‘Register’ button
Immediately, a verification link will be sent to your email address as you have earlier filled in, verify and login to your dashboard.
PART B: How to Reserve a Business Name With CAC
Because many people register different business names with CAC everyday, you need to be smart if you don’t want your preferred business name to be registered by someone else before you do. So, CAC gives you the opportunity to reserve that preferred business name for 60 days. It’s even a ‘must’ to reserve business name before you can finally register it.
How can I reserve my business name with CAC?
The steps Below answers:
===> Login to your verified account or go to http://www.services.cac.gov.ng/login or http://www.services.cac.gov.ng/dashboard
===> You will see ‘Reserve a Name’ in bold text, under it you will see a call-to-action link ‘here’, click on it. See image below:
===> After clicking on that, you are going to be directed to a new page where you will reserve your business name.
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But, note this steps in ‘Reserve a Name’ page:
• Name & Type: Choose ‘Business Name’ and enter the business name you wish to Register. Here, you will have to provide two names if in case one is taken, the other might be ready for you.
i.e, you can choose like: (1) MyCompany Global Ventures (2) MyCompany Global Resources
• Objective: Under ‘Reason for Availability Search’, choose ‘New Incorporation’ and choose your business category under ‘Nature of Business’.
##Quick Tips: If you are going to run more than one businesses like selling of clothes, running a private school, selling cars, wines, running a digital marketing film, printing of recharge card etc… I will advice you to choose ‘General Contracts’ under nature of business.
Choosing ‘General Contracts’ during business name registration means that you are going to be running more than one business under a single registered business name. And this will save you from wasting money on registering another business name in the future.
• Presenter Details: Here, you are going to input your details again including your means of identification either through National I.D card, PVC, Birth Certificate, Driver’s Licence.
• Preview: You will be giving an opportunity to confirm all your details including your chosen business name, address, names, email, phone number etc.
If the details are correct, click on the ‘Proceed to Payment’ button.
• Payment: You will have to pay for the name reservation with your ATM card.
Note, this costs N500 apart from the transaction fees. N600 was debited from my client’s though. After payment, a receipt of your payment will be sent to you.
Since you have paid the N500 for the business name reservation and you payment has been confirmed, the next thing is to confirm if your business name is approved by CAC for registration.
PART C: How to Know If Your Business Name is Approved By CAC.
The steps below will teach you how to check your business name approval status on CAC Website:
===> Go to: http://services.cac.gov.ng/login
===> login with your username and password
===> Click on the “Name Search” tab
===> Click on the “My Reservation History” tab
• You will see your approval status under the ‘My Reservation History’ tab.
If your business name is lucky to be approved successfully, a big congratulations to you. Now, let proceed to completing the registration.
But, before completing your business name registration on CAC Website, you will need to get your availability code.
What is Availability Code on CAC Website?
Availability Code is a special number which will be given to you to complete your business name registration. Without this code, it’s quite impossible to fully register your business name.
PART D: How to Get Your Availability Code for CAC’s Business Name Registration
Note that the availability code is on the approval note which you will have to download from the CAC official website.
Now, let do it;
Simply follow the steps in PART C first and after that, you seeing your business name which has been approved, proceed the the step below:
===> Click on ‘Action button’
===> Then click on ‘View Payment History’
===> Immediately, a page will appear telling you to save a ‘PDF’ file. Save or download the file to desktop on your PC or save in a folder you can easily access on your phone
===> After saving the PDF file, open it and you will see a ‘serial number’. If you see it, then you have seen your availability code!
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Finally, let complete your business name registration on CAC portal.
PART E: How to Complete Your Business Name Registration After Getting Availability Code
Since you have gotten your availability code, let finalize everything now.
===> Go to https://services.cac.gov.ng/company-registration/application
===> Enter your availability code
===> If it’s correct, complete your business name registration and that’s all.
How Much Does It Cost To Register A Business Name in Nigeria With CAC?
The cost of registering a business name in Nigeria with the cooperate affairs commission (CAC) varies because, it depends on the type of your business.
In this article, I won’t write down all the fees here but note that the reserving form fee is N500
Business name registration form fee starts from N10,000. And other fees are up to N18,000
Approximately totalled to N30,000.
Note: If you are a big company, expect to pay more than this. Click here for full list of the various price.
I have align the complete steps on how you can register your business name online in Nigeria with CAC and how you can get your availability code for completing the registration.
I hope this will help you as it helped my client got her business name registered without any issue.
If you think that the process is too tedious or complicated to you, you can hire me to get it registered for you.
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