How to Register And Verify a Company on CAC Public Name Search

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Like you know, it can be very dangerous doing business with company that is not registered with CAC. Doing business with an unregistered company is risky, so the need to know how to verify a company on CAC public name search cannot be over emphasize.

WHAT IS CAC?

In case you are wondering what the term CAC means, it is an acronym which stands for Corporate Affairs Commission. The CAC was formed in the year 1990, under the “Company and Allied Matters Acts”. It is the body responsible to regulate and for the formation of companies in Nigeria. The commission’s main duty is to regulate and manage how companies are being formed. What this means is that, for any company to be recognized legally in Nigeria, it must be registered by the cooperate affair commission, CAC.

So before you do any business with any company, it is imperative for you to do a background review and know if that company you are about to do business is legit and fully registered. It’s my advice though. So this leads us to the topic how to verify a company on CAC public name search online in Nigeria. In the past, it was difficult to verify a company, unless you have to go down to their Office to verify and confirm the company. This has taken a new face, as you can now check and verify a company on CAC public name search online. Sometime around, 2016, the corporate affair commission launched their public name search page on their website where you can now check and know how to verify a company on CAC public name search in Nigeria.

How to Verify a Company on CAC Public Name Search

To be able to perform this check and verify a company on CAC public name search, follow these steps>>

Step 1. Visit the Corporate Affair Commission’s portal at http://services.cac.gov.ng/ to search on their database.

When you visit the Corporate Affairs Commission website, this is how it looks:

Now click on the “Public Search” the very first one.

how-to-verify-a-company-on-CAC-public-name-search-in-Nigeria

When you click on it, it will open up a new tab, where you can type in your search query. Something like this:

how to verify a company on CAC public name search in Nigeria step 2

Step 2. Type the name of the company in the search area with the heading “Search Record by Name”, when you are done with that, click on the captcha to verify you are not a robot, and then click on Search:

See the image below:

how to verify a company on CAC public name search step 3

Step 3. If the company you are searching for is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, you will see the search result showing the details of the company and the company’s registration status with CAC.

Take a look at this image where I searched on the CAC status of Guarantee Trust Bank. Look at the result below:

How to verify a company on CAC search result

Now, if the company you are searching for is still undergoing registration, it will indicate it with the search result, and if not registered, the search result will return empty. In this case, you have to be very careful with dealing with the company. It is probably the company is just fake or not just registered.

Whichever way, I advise you withdraw doing business with such company or you take extra caution and make necessary review or research of that company before proceeding. But please, be very very careful.

 

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