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Uganda - Register a Business Name

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  1. Search for Business Name
    • Identify at least 3 name options.
    • Fill in a Name Reservation form, which can be obtained from the physical One Stop Centre (OSC) at Uganda Investment Authority (UIA); the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) offices or portal; or at the Uganda Bookshop.
    • Submit a filled form with proof of payment Cost: UGX 2200 paid to URSB bank account which can be obtain at ant bank
    • The officer carrying out the registration will then carry out the name search and reservation then reserve your business name within 1 day
  2. Reserve the Business Name
    • To reserve a company name, the entrepreneur submits the Business Name Reservation Form to the assessment window of the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB).and pay the name reservation fees Cost: UGX 20,000 paid at the (URSB) bank account which can be obtain at ant bank
    • Upon payment of the required fee, the suggested name is subjected to a search in the business registry database. If the name passes the similarity, defensive, offensive, and desirability tests, it is reserved for a period of 30 days. There are name-reservation books where the entrepreneur can search and check whether the desired name was approved or rejected and for what reasons. This process takes a period within 2-4 days
  3. Issue of business certificate
    • Your business will be registered on which you will receive a certificate of business name registration and its number
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Company name
  • Accurately filled Assessment forms
  • Valid Identification document(National ID card, passport

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

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 :
Website: URSB

Other branches
Posta Uganda Main office,
Kampala Road Booth 2 & 3.
UIA Offices, Twed Plaza
(1st Floor) Lumumba Avenue.

Nakivubo – Sekaziga House Floor 1, Nakivubo mews.
Mbale – Plot 3, Park Crescent.
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
Mbarara– Plot 1, Kamukuzi Hill
Gulu – Plot 6B Princess Road
Arua – Plot 42/44 Packwach road

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
P.O BOX 7279
TEL: 0417-442054
Website:[ Uganda revenue authority]

The investment Uganda centre
Plot 22B Twed Plaza
Lumumba Avenue ,Nakesero
P.OBOX 7418 Kampala
General line: 0414301000
One stop centre: 0417788300

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  • Company/business name search registration fees - ug.x2, 200
  • Reservation of the name fees - ugx.20, 000


  • Valid is Forever until the owners decide to De-register or dissolve the company

Documents to Use[edit]


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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.    

Processing Time[edit]

  • 2 -3 working days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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Types of business names that get rejected:

  • immoral names
  • vulgar names
  • names similar to existing ones by spelling or pronunciation,
  • names associated with government or countries,
  • Abbreviations.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of the company/business
  • Type of business (public or private company)
  • Operating location address of the business
  • Email address/number of the applicant

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Need for the Document[edit]

  • Registering your business/company is a legal requirement as stipulated by the Uganda company act, in which guidelines the manner and activities to operate the company

Information which might help[edit]


  • Obtain legal Identity/status
  • Safeguard your business name by acquiring a trade name.
  • Access opportunities like loans, tenders, financing etc.
  • Business formalization creates more employment opportunities through business expansion.
  • Enables registration for licenses e.g Investment, trading and taxation licenses.
  • Better marketing and advertising opportunities for increased clientele
  • Improved competitiveness in the regional market

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Registering a new company
Business registration Fees
Uganda revenue authority
Uganda Portal Website

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More information which might help people.

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