The thought of registering a company in Zimbabwe can bring up images of continuous paperwork, unforgiving filing, and an unending number of documents. While a professional company registration agent can help with the majority of these things, it’s still important to understand the key documents and certificates for your company, including the certificate of incorporation.

What is a certificate of incorporation?

A certificate of incorporation is a legal document that shows you have officially registered your company with the Companies Registry. It certifies and confirms that a company exists legally and is permitted to trade. All companies and Private Business Corporations registered at the Companies Registry are issued a certificate of incorporation.

What information is shown by a certificate of incorporation?

  • Company number
  • Receipt number
  • If the certificate is an original or office copy
  • Certificate number
  • Certificate price
  • Zimbabwe’s coat of arms
  • Company name
  • Act in which the company was incorporated under
  • Company registration location (Harare or Bulawayo)
  • Incorporation date
  • Registrar of companies seal
  • Registrar of companies signature

When will I need to use my certificate of incorporation?

There may be a number of instances when you will have to produce your certificate of incorporation, however it may not be a regular requirement.

Your certificate of incorporation could be requested when you initially open your company’s bank account, as the bank will require legal evidence of your company’s existence. Additionally, you may need to show the certificate when registering with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) to acquire a bank advice note or a tax clearance.

Invariably, you won’t need to provide a certificate of incorporation for evidential purposes, as details of your company name and registration number will often suffice.

When will I receive my certificate of incorporation?

You will receive your certificate of incorporation once your company has been incorporated at the companies registry.

How do I replace a lost certificate of incorporation?

The Companies Registry conducts business with registered company registration agents only hence enlisting the help of a company registration agent is the only available option. You can take advantage of our replacement of company registration documents service.

What if I change my company name?

If your company name is changed, the Companies Registry will issue a certificate of name change. Besides the new company name, all other information stated on the new certificate will remain the same as the original, such as the company registration number and incorporation date. You must keep copies of both your initial and new certificate at your company’s registered office.

If you want help with retrieving or learning more about a certificate of incorporation, contact our dedicated company registration team now for fast, friendly, and professional support.