Companies Act 2004, it became possible for a company to reserve a name
for up 90 days before it is actually registered. The advantages of name
that the name is appropriate and
available for use
name from use by others for the reservation
company to use the name for pre-incorporation contracts with certainty
order to access this service, you will need to complete and submit a COMPANIES NAME SEARCH AND NAME
RESERVATION FORM (form 6) at the Companies Office of Jamaica. The fee
is $ 500.00 for the Name Search and $3000.00 for the Name
Reservation. Total Reservation Cost is $3500.00. Upon
completion of the process, you will be issued with a letter advising
that the name is reserved for a period of Ninety days.
for choosing a name
Companies Office of Jamaica has the right to refuse any name
which likely to cause confusion with another name already on the
Register of Companies.
containing obscene language or indicating an illegal activity will also
implying connection with Royalty, or a Political Party must be justified
4. Certain names e.g. containing
“Engineering” “Pharmacy” “ Medical”
e.t.c. must also be
justified and may necessitate the provision of
(More information can be found in the Companies Rules 2006 on the COJ
following documents must be submitted:
Articles of Incorporation (Form 1A or 1B) which will
contains the following information:
The Name of
the Company, which must include “Limited” as the last word of the name
in the case of a Company limited by shares or by guarantee.
address of the company which must be situated in Jamaica;
(c) In the case of
a Company having a share capital, the classes of shares, and the
maximum number of shares the Company is authorized to issue; if any; (If the
Company has more than 1 class of share (For eg. Ordinary and Preference
Shares) and is issuing more than on class at the time of incorporation, then a Form 3 must be submitted)
if any, on share transfers;
maximum number of Directors;
restrictions on the business that the Company may carry on.
- Form 1A is used for Companies Making Profit
- Form 1B for Non-Profit Companies (Churches, Charities, Foundations. Service Clubs, NGO's etc.)
must be stamped at the Stamp Duty and Transfer Tax Department (111 Harbour Street,
2. The Business Registration
Form (BRF1) a.k.a. “Super Form”
This form captures the required information on the
directors, secretary, registered office and the relevant information for the National
Insurance Scheme (NIS), Tax Office ( TRN,TCC and GCT), Heart Trust and National
Housing Trust. The provision of the directors and company secretary details are
now mandatory at incorporation.
The form must be
(a) All Director(s) or Secretary of
(b) The person declaring the
accuracy of the information submitted on the form.
3. An Original Valid
government issued identification of the principal director and the person
declaring the accuracy of the form.
documents are then examined to ensure that they are fully and
accurately completed. If the documents are in order, then a Certificate
of Incorporation is issued within five working days.
Cost to Register the Company is $24,000.00