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Malawi - Register Business Name

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  1. Reservation of Business Name:
    1. Complete and submit an Application for Reservation of a Name (Form 8). A link is provided under 'Documents to Use' section which you can use to download the form.
    2. Wait for the Confirmation Notice, this will tell you whether your business name is approved or rejected.
    3. If approved, you have ninety (90) days to register the name.
  2. Registration:
    1. To register a business name you must complete an application. A link is provided under 'Documents to Use' section which you can use to download the form.
    2. Submit the completed form to the Office of Registrar General. Note: You may also register your business online by visiting Department of Registrar General's Website - Link.
    3. Pay the registration fee.


Required Documents

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Industry & Trade
P.O. Box 30366
City Centre Lilongwe Malawi
Phone: +265 (0) 1 770 244/790
Fax: +265 (0) 1 770 680

Department of Registrar General

Fatima Arcade, Haile Selassie Road, P.O. Box 100,
Blantyre, Malawi

Pagat House Paul Kagame Road, P.O Box 1780,
Lilongwe, Malawi

Contact Numbers:
+265 1 824 355
+265 1 824 668
+265 1 824 785
+265 1 824 394

Email: [email protected]


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Business Name - related fees:

  • Sole Proprietorship: MK2,000
  • Partnership: MK2,000
  • Business Registration Renewal: MK2,000
  • Amendments: MK2,000
  • Certified Copy: MK1,000
  • Cessation of Business: MK2,000
  • Search: MK1,000

Companies - related fees:

  • Company Limited by shares: Capital*20/2000+25500
  • Company Limited by Guarantee: MK 20,000
  • External Company: MK 20,000
  • Amendment: MK 5,000
  • Annual return: MK 2,000
  • All other filing: MK 1,000
  • Search: MK 1,000
  • Name Reservation: MK 5,000
  • All Conversations: MK 20,000


Registered business names must be renewed every three years.

Documents to Use

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Processing Time

It will take about 5 days for the processing of your application to be completed.

Related Videos

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for providing application forms for Registration of Business Name.

Applications may be submitted to the Department of Registrar Generals Head Office in Blantyre and its Regional Office in Lilongwe.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Need for the Document

Following is a procedure on how you can register a business name in Malawi.

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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