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How To Search For Current CR12

The CR12 form, issued by the Kenyan government, is a crucial document that verifies the existence and details of a registered company.

It contains vital information such as the company’s directors and their shareholding, making it an essential document for various legal and business purposes.

A comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to search for the current CR12 in Kenya, as outlined by the Kenyan government.

Step 1:

Access the eCitizen Portal To begin your search for the current CR12, you need to access the eCitizen portal.

The eCitizen platform is an online portal provided by the Kenyan government that offers various services to Kenyan citizens, residents, and businesses.

It is a convenient and efficient way to access important government documents and services.

Step 2:

Create an eCitizen Account If you don’t already have an eCitizen account, you will need to create one.

Visit the eCitizen website and click on the “Create Account” button.

Follow the registration process, which typically requires providing your personal information, including your ID or passport details, email address, and phone number.

Step 3:

Log in to Your eCitizen Account Once you have created your eCitizen account, log in using the credentials you provided during the registration process.

Enter your email address and password, and then click on the “Sign In” button.

Step 4:

Navigate to the Company Registration Services After logging in to your eCitizen account, you will be directed to the eCitizen dashboard.

On the dashboard, look for the “Department of Business Registration Services” section or a similar option related to company registration.

Step 5:

Select “CR12 Certificate Request” Within the Company Registration Services section, you should find a list of available services related to company registration.

Look for the option titled “CR12 Certificate Request” or a similar description that indicates the search for the CR12 document.

Step 6:

Provide Company Details Once you have accessed the CR12 Certificate Request page, you will be required to provide specific details about the company you are searching for.

These details may include the company name, registration number, and any other information requested by the eCitizen portal.

Ensure that the details you enter are accurate and up-to-date.

Step 7:

Submit the Request After entering the necessary company details, review the information for accuracy.

Once you are satisfied, click on the “Submit” or similar button to initiate the search for the current CR12 document.

Step 8:

Pay the Applicable Fee (if any) Depending on the government regulations and the services provided through the eCitizen platform, there may be a fee associated with the search for the CR12 document.

If a fee is applicable, make the necessary payment using the available payment options provided on the eCitizen platform.

Step 9:

Await Verification and Delivery Once your request for the current CR12 document has been submitted and the payment (if applicable) has been processed successfully, you will need to wait for the verification process to be completed.

This may take some time, and you will receive updates on the progress via email or SMS.

Step 10:

Download and Save the CR12 Document Once the verification process is complete, you will receive a notification indicating that the CR12 document is ready for download.

Log in to your eCitizen account, navigate to the relevant section, and download the document.

Make sure to save it securely for future reference or any necessary legal and business purposes.


You can also search for a current CR12 in person at the Companies Registry in Nairobi.

The Companies Registry is located at Sheria House, opposite Embassy House.

You will need to bring a copy of your ID or passport and a letter requesting the search.

The cost of searching for a current CR12 is Ksh 650.

What is a CR12 used for?

A CR12 can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Opening a bank account
  • Obtaining a loan
  • Applying for a government contract
  • Buying or selling property
  • Registering a trademark or patent

How often should you update your CR12?

You should update your CR12 whenever there is a change to your company’s information, such as a change in name, address, or directors.

You can do this by submitting a change of particulars form to the Registrar of Companies.


Searching for a current CR1 is a quick and easy way to get information about a company.

It is important to keep your CR12 up-to-date to ensure that you have accurate information about your company.

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