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Uganda - Obtain a Business certificate

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In Person[edit]

  • Reserve your business Name at the Registrar's office
  • Pay registration fees at the bank
  • Obtain the necessary incorporation and Tax registration forms from the Uganda Bookshop.
  • Sign the declaration of compliance before the commissioner of oaths.
  • Obtain requisition for bank pay-in slip and Bank payment Advice forms from the Uganda Registration Services Bureau.
  • Pay registration fees at a given bank.
  • File for registration with the registrar general.
  • File with the local office of the Uganda Revenue Authority , a personal inquiry form for each director and a coporate preliminary inquiry form, Receive a tax Identification Number (TIN).
  • An inspector from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) comes to inspect your business premises.
  • Apply for Pay As You Earn (PAYE).
  • Obtain application forms for a Trading License.
  • Licensing officer arranges to inspect your company premises and fills out an assessment form.
  • Pay license fee at the bank.
  • Obtain the trading license
  • File a form with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF)
  • Make a company seal

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Required Documents[edit]

Your identity document like driver's license, passport, etc

  • Proof of physical address and postal address, with contact numbers.
  • Proof of employment

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
P.O BOX 7279
TEL: 0417-442054.
E-mail :

Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Plot 5 George Street, Georgian House
P.O.Box 6848 Kampala Uganda
URSB General Line: +256 414 233 219
Registrar General: +256 414 235 915
Fax: fax Line: +256 414 250 712
E-mail :

Registrar of Companies
Ministry of Justice
Parliamentary Buildings
P.O.Box 7183
Kampala, Uganda

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For a business to be eligible for a business certificate it should either be medium or large scale employing not less than 20 people.


Registration fees: UGX 50,000
Filing Fees: UGX 25,000
Filing Form A3: UGX 20,000
Filing Form 7: UGX 20,000
Filing Form 8: UGX 20,000
Filing Form A9: UGX 20,000
Opening office: UGX 156,500
Carrying out retail business: UGX 206,500
Carrying out wholesale business: UGX 366,500
Obtaining trading license: UGX 400,000
Register with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF)-free of charge.
Obtain a TIN and Register for taxes at the Uganda Revenue Authority: free of charge


The certificate is valid until such a time when the company is dissolved.

Documents to Use[edit]

  1. A completed application Form.
  2. Form A1: Statement of Nominal Capital.
  3. Form A2: Declaration of Compliance with the Requirements of the Companies Act on Application for Registration of a Company.
  4. Form A3: Before incorporation, shares are not yet paid for and thus not allotted. After incorporation, as soon as a company allots its shares, the returns should be registered within 60 days.
  5. Form 7: Particulars of the directors and secretary of the company is required to be filed within 14 days of company registration.
  6. Form 8: Any change in directorship and secretary of the company should be filed with the registrar of companies using a resolution and Form 8.
  7. Form 9A: Notice of the situation of the Registered Address of the company. This form must be filed with the Registrar of Companies within fourteen days of incorporation.
  8. Application forms for the trading license.

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

It take a week to process your documents

Related Videos[edit]

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Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Valid identity proof
  • Citizenship
  • Address
  • Bank information
  • Financial statement
  • Balance sheet

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Need for the Document[edit]

Once your business clientele begins to expand, it will become difficult for you to clinch those big deals without a fully registered business. Thus you need to acquire a Business certificate to make the business formal and legal by law.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Accessing credit from a financial Institution

  • acquiring raw materials from a serious supplier,
  • doing business with the Government of Uganda.

External Links[edit]



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