Documents required for business registration

Memorandum and Articles of Association

Reservation application letter and reply

Directors’ identity/passport copies

Graded tax numbers

Declaration of Compliance


Form J

Where? Registrar of Companies

Online user registration:


o Payable fees range from E645 – 1,845

o Please note that charges depend on the type of business/company registration sought

Estimated time to complete: 3 working days

The Registrar of Companies in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade (MCIT) is responsible for registering businesses in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The Companies Act No.8 of 2009 regulates company registration while the Trading Licences Order 1975 (Order No 20 of 1975) and The Trading Licences (Amendment of Schedule) A Regulations Notice, 2006 regulate company licensing. Registering a business is important because it ensures that your company gets the legal status to operate in the country.

This is critical to access business services such as loans from financial institutions, as well as business opportunities such as tenders. This also potentially helps your business to become more competitive. To make registration services easier, more efficient and business-friendly, the Registrar of Companies provides both off-line and online user registration. Company registration takes no more than 3 days while the trade licensing period takes no more than 21 days. 

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The registration process starts with reservation of a unique company name, which is done at the Registrar of Companies in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade.

Steps to follow

o Hand deliver application letter or submit it online to Registrar of Companies

o Submit Memorandum and Articles of Association

o Submit copies of the directors’ identity cards, passport and graded tax number

o Pay applicable fees at the Revenue Office

o Fill in Form J

o Present your payment receipt

o Issue Certificate of Registration and Certificate of Incorporation

Business/Trading Licence

Licence requirements and fees vary depending on the type of business and its location. Fees however generally start from E50. This registration is done in the Commerce Department. For additional information, visit