Companies Registry


The Companies Registry administers the following laws;
(i) The Companies Act, 2015;
(ii) The Registration of Business Names Act, Cap 499 Laws of Kenya; and
(iii) The Limited Liability Partnerships Act. No 42 of 2011.

Core Functions

The functions of the Department entails;
I. Registration of Limited Liability Companies; Registration of Limited Liability Partnerships; Registration of Business Names;
II. Registration of debentures and charges;
III. Maintenance of various statutory records under the above Acts;
IV. and enforcing compliance with the laws administered by the Registrar.

  • Business Name Search and Reservation

  • Business Name Registration

  • Private Limited Company Registration

  • Public Limited Company Registration

  • Limited Liability Partnership Registration

  • Official Search

  • CR12 List


A business name is more than just words – it is a representation of your business ethos and brand. The process of choosing a business name may seem simple at first, but there are many factors that play into creating an acceptable in accordance with Companies Act 2015 (“Companies Act”).

i. It is important to note the following when choosing a business
ii. The name of a limited company that is a private company must end with “Limited” or “Ltd”.
iii. The name of a limited company that is a public company incorporated under the 2015 Act must end with “plc” or “Public Limited Company”.
iv. Offensive or abusive words are not allowed either. Offensive words in vernacular (mother tongue) are not allowed either.
v. The name should not be identical to an already reserved name or to the name of an already registered company, business name, LLP, partnership. (Unless the existing company, business, LLP or partnership is part of the same group as the company and consents in writing to the use of the proposed name).
vi. The name should not be the same as or similar to that of a registered trademark. (it may therefore be important to also conduct a search at the trademarks registry)
vii. Names containing the words “co-operative”, “society”, or “trade union” are not allowed.
viii. Numbers may be used in any part of a name.
ix. A full stop, comma, colon, semi-colon or hyphen may be used.
x. The following punctuation marks may be used: an apostrophe (‘), brackets/parenthesis (), exclamation mark (!), Guillemet (<<>>), inverted comma, question mark, solidus (\ /)
xi. The following signs and symbols may be used only if they are not one of the first three letters of a company name: *; =; #; %
xii. The name should not start with the words “Kenya” as the same is reserved for government owned entities.

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