How To Register Sole Proprietor Company In Kenya

How To Register Sole Proprietor Company In Kenya

For most aspiring entrepreneurs, starting a sole proprietor company is more ideal. It is easy to setup and require less financial requirements.

In order to register a sole proprietorship company, you will need to the following requirements;

1. Name of Business – A name search needs to be performed first as part of the registration process. You will need to write a letter requesting for a name search to be performed. This can be done at either Huduma Center or Company Registry.

2. Nature of business – You will need to come up with one specific nature of business e.g. Tours & Travel, Computer Repairs, Mobile Phone & Accessories Shop etc. General words such as “shop” or “retail”, trade” are not sufficient for Company Registry to proceed to register your business. You will need to avoid things like “General Supplies” which is popularly used but it will not be approved)

3. Address of the principal place of business – (Plot No., Section and Name of Street or Road, Name of Building) – For the plot number, please find the electricity bill or water bill of your business premises. If you don’t have a business premises, you can use your home residential plot number/land reference number for registration that’s if you are starting your business from home, but you will need to update the records at Company Registry once you have a Business Premises.

4. Postal Address – If you don’t have one, you can register your very own postal office box for Ksh. 2,500 at the nearest Postal Office or ask a family or friend to allow you to use their P.O. Box temporary for the application then later on update your registration certificate.

5. Address of any other place of business (Branch Office under the above name) – Only applicable to businesses that are currently operating business in other counties or have other branches under the same business name.

6. Full Names of you and any other partners – Any person who has changed his/her name must give all former names, unless the change occurred before he/she attained the age of two years.

Avoid using abbreviation in your name as this is not legally recognized. For example names like Enock K. Kiprono instead it should be like Enock Kipkolele Kiprono. This will save you time and money.

For Sole Proprietor Business, it only requires 1 person.
For Partnership Business, it only require minimum of 2 people and maximum of 20 people).

7. Nationality – You will require to enter your nationality as indicated on your identification e.g. Kenyan, German, British, American, Chinese, South African etc.

8. Age – Make sure you give your correct age based on your ID/Passport

9. Gender – Male (M) or Female (F).

10. Usual place of residence -Where you currently reside e.g. Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, London, Paris, Hong Kong etc.

11. Other business occupation – You will need to enter your occupation e.g. engineer, farmer, hair stylist, web designer etc. If you don’t have one you can simply write either “Businessman” or “Businesswoman”.

12. Signature on the document (usually at the back page of the BN2 Form)

13. Copy of ID/Passport

14. Copy of KRA PIN Certificate

15. Passport Photo

Duration: 3-5 working days (Depending on Company Registry Workload)

That’s it, if you have the above information then you are now closer to meet the legal obligation to starting your business in Kenya.

We No Longer Offer Sole Proprietorship Registration Services! 

See Also: How To Register Limited Company in Kenya

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  • Buyachi Esikumo

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    • fenesi

      Hello Buyachi, were you interested in registration of sole proprietor? We have sent you an email giving more details on Sole proprietorship registration process.

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  • Felix mwendwa kithome

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    • fenesi

      Thanks Felix, we will continue to empower such aspiring entrepreneurs like you

  • Felix mwendwa kithome

    i want to register a business name as a sole proprietor,could u kindly advice me on the same regarding where to register,ho long it takes and the cost

    • fenesi

      Have you been contacted by the Team on your inquiry!

  • Felix mwendwa kithome

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    • fenesi

      Hello Felix,I have just sent you an email. Check both your inbox or spam folder. Subject of the email is “Sole
      Proprietorship – Getting Started (Requirements & Cost)”

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  • Mozzes

    Hi, i lreally like the information on the site, really helpful…i wanted to ask about compliance certificate, i’ve seen that in order to apply for tenders, you are required to provide a compliance certificate, could you please expound on twhat this is and how one can go about acquiring one, thanx in advance. and kindly share with me your email address, i have a myriad of business related questions i would like aired which i know would also be beneficial to your site and other readers like me.

    • fenesi

      Thanks for your compliments, please provide us with your email address so we can be able to assist you. You can send us the same request to and we will be able to assist.

  • Mozzes

    can i also get details of registering a partnership company and all the requirements,thanx

    • fenesi

      what’s your email address so we can send you the details requested?

  • Barbara Manywa

    could you assist me with details on requirements for this process. thank you. My email is

    • fenesi

      We have sent you some information on the way forward

  • james

    much appreciation for you your good effort at enlightening kenyans
    kindly share the information on what is required–my email:


      We only register limited company. We stopped offering sole proprietorship product starting 1st August 2014.

  • Denniz

    much appreciation on this information. kindly what are the requirements and documentations for search and registration of business (sole proprietor). Can one do this at the huduma centre? what are the current charges? email;


      We no longer offer sole proprietorship product starting 1st August 2014. We might re-introduce it in the near future. We only register limited company.

  • Benard langat

    hi sir i wud like 2 seak your guidance in registering a sole proprietor company

  • Wallace K Chege

    Please send me the requirements for registering a company, and also the difference between sole proprietorship & limited company, the cost of registration on both cases and why one would be more apt than the other.


      We have sent you an email. Please check and confirm if you have received it.

  • morris omupango


    l want to register a business and would appreciate getting all the requirements for both sole proprietor and partneship to my mail

  • wycliffe luhatse

    i wish to start a construction company what do i need?


      What’s your email address so we can send you all the information you need?

  • kevin

    Thank you for the great work u guys are doing. I am interested in starting a sole proprietorship company, What is the cost of starting one and how soon do you start paying taxes

  • Levis

    Thanks guys for the good job. I wish to register a sole proprietorship company, kindly give me more details on registration, tax payment etc. write to me

  • connie

    How much do you charge to register a limited liability company business?


      Limited company cost Ksh. 20,000. When did you want to register your company?

  • elizabeth zaidi

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  • M.D

    I am currently running a sole proprietor business and would like to sell the business complete with the name. How do I go about transferring the name to the new ownwr?

  • Hope Mwarome

    kindly send me the details onn the requirements of a sole proprietorship

  • Victor Matakaya Shilisia

    Kindly can you use a sole proprietor to do different contracts.
    thanks More information about ltd and sole

  • Kevirush

    would appreciate details on the followings;
    sole proprietorship, partnership and limited company. Interested in partnership and or limited company and to compare cost

  • james

    kindly send me the details on the requirements of a sole proprietorship and partnership please ASAP.
    Also the process of getting the business PIN.

    • Grey is a Lie

      You don’t say Kindly and ASAP in the same sentence my friend. A little courtesy, hmm?

  • betty

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  • Harold Kellah

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  • Mary

    Hi im interested in forming a sole proprietor company doing web design and animation. Where do I get the forms?

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