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All You Need To Know About Company Form 20 (Uganda Company Registration Guide)

To carry out business in Uganda minus disturbance, you must register your business fully and legally. Form 20 is one of the crucial documents one ought to have to certify legal registration.


In a bid to differentiate between a company and a business, a company is a legal entity run either as a single hand/ person or a group of individuals working together to reach/ achieve a company goal. In contrast, a business could be someone’s regular trade activity (ies). In Uganda, both businesses and companies have to be registered under the Uganda registration services bureau (URSB), a body responsible for registering all business start-ups, medium or large businesses, and enterprises.



A business that is not registered with URSB is considered illegal in Uganda and might be operating under terms that are not acceptable in the country hence putting it at risk. Therefore, it’s advisable to have your business registered before you kick start actual online or on-site operations.


Uganda Registration Services Bureau offers a number of services for example; business registration (business registration forms are availed to the business owner), civil registration (in which civil registration forms are made available to the person in charge), intellectual property (this comes along with intellectual property forms) then liquidation along with liquation forms and very many other services.


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To check and clarify whether your business is fully registered with URSB, you can visit their website and fill out the search requisition form, or you can do it in writing and address the letter to the registrar general. From there, you are required to disburse the search fees, and then you will have access to the record for search at the registrar’s office, or you could be gotten back to through writing, perhaps in form of a letter-writing.

To register your business in Uganda, you need to first search whether the name you are going to use for your business is available on internet or whether there is someone else using it already, then you will have to pay dues for registration and then a certificate for your business name will be given out upon completion. During the registration process, you will be required to fill out a number of forms to verify your business, and one of these forms is company form 20; we will look at it in detail and what it holds.


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Company Form 20

Company form 20 which is commonly known as a “notification of appointment of directors and secretary of a company, is a two-page document that is a necessity that has to be filled in by any individual who wants to open up a company or a business. This is described under the company’s act that is section 192 (4).

Before submitting company form 20 to the registrar of companies within the given 14 working days of filing, you are required to fill in the following details;

o Registration number; …………

o Name of the company…………

o Presented by (name of the person presenting the form)………

Then information required to be filled before submitting or filing to the registrar of companies includes;

o Effective date for the appointment of directors…………

Then particulars of directors and these must be individuals

o First name and surname………

o Date of birth……………………….

o Address………………………………

o Nationality………………………….

o Occupation…………………………

o And other directorships………

Then next after that are the particulars of corporate directors and the details required here include;

o Corporate name …………..

o Registered or principal office…

o Postal address…………………..

Particulars of an individual secretary are the next required details