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How to Make a Public Search of a Business on CAC

by Emmanuel Enya

Have you ever come upon a business that makes you raise your brows? Or encountered a business that seems almost obscure on the internet? Your concern is valid, as the preponderance of fake business, hiding under the guise of authentic practice is widespread. In order to fortify you from inauthentic business operators, we have prepared a set of guidelines to help you carry out a public search of businesses through the Corporate Affairs Commission website.  

How to Search for and Verify a Business Name with CAC Website: 

The steps needed to verify a business with CAC is similar to the steps taken for a general business name search. However the purpose for the search differ. While business name search maybe done in order to check if the prospective business name have already been taken by an already existing businesses. Business verification search is done with the aim of ensuring that the business exists and is registered with CAC and is therefore legitimate.  In this article, we provide some of the steps. 

Step one; visit the CAC website at https://pre.cac.gov.ng/home this will lead you to the CAC official web page, click on step one below the public search button.

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Screen shot form CAC registration.

Step two: Your previous action will bring you to the next page with some outlined steps. Click on step “one” which is the “public search” button, this will direct you to another page with a search box. There, you can search for the name of the business or company on CAC records. If the business exists on their records, then it will also fall under one of the given categories: business name, company, incorporated trustees, limited partnership, limited liability partnership. 

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Screen shot for CAC registration.

Step three: If you are searching for a business name, ensure you know what category it falls under. These categories as mentioned above include; business name. company. Incorporated trustees. limited partnership and limited liability partnership. bellow are a list of key things you should know.

  • If you are searching for a company name. Click on the “company” button above, then type the name of the company.
  • If you are searching for an “incorporated trustees”, click on the buttons above.
  • If you are searching for a “limited partnership”, click on the “limited partnership” button above.
  • If you are searching for a “limited Liability partnership”, click on the limited liability partnership above.
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We hope that this article was helpful in proving the requisite steps, needed to do a public search for companies. In our other article, we covered the easy steps needed to register a business. We believe you will find it valuable as well. Especially if you are looking to register your business.

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