How To Open Business Bank Account in Nigeria

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Open Business Bank Account

The issue of opening a Business Bank account in Nigeria, I thought to myself is a well-known topic that I overlooked it not until recently, following the Question Asked by BusinessEploit, on our Question and Answer Page on how to open Corporate bank account for her business in Nigeria.

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Many might be asking the same exact question so here is the detailed breakdown of all the things you need to open a business bank account with any Nigerian bank of your choice. Enjoy

First lets fully grasp what a Corporate/business bank account is: I wouldn’t go into scholastic definitions I will simply refer to Corporate or business account as a bank account opened in reference to Corporate body or business; with its registered Corporate name as the bank name.

What we are to learn from this article

• How to open a business bank account for your business in Nigeria with any bank (using GTB bank as a case study)
• Requirements
• How to register a business name
• How to get a TIN
• Applying for TIN
• Getting reference
• The process

How much you need to open this account

Now, it will be worth it to give you a rundown of the need before; I am taking GTB bank as a case study because my business is now banking with them.
1. Business name registration certificate
2. BVN
3. Means of identification
4. Passport photograph
5. Referees (two)
6. TIN

The requirement to open a business bank account in Nigeria

#1 – Certificates of Business Name Registration

As indicated above the first step to this whole process is registering a business name. I have in my earlier post and in a video, discussed how and the steps to registering a business name with the business Corporate affair commission (CAC). Assuming you have registered your business name of which you want to open a bank account. After registration of your business name with CAC three documents/certificate is given, on the way to be for opening a business bank account.

#2 – BVN:

Currently, in Nigeria with a mandate on BVN (Bank Verification Number), I will assume all bank account owners should have, for the benefit of those opening an account for the first time BVN means Bank Verification Number which is a customized 11 digit personal numbers issued to all bank account owners by their banking institutions.

#3 – Means of Identification

To open this account you must give a means of identification likewise your partners (if any). Means of identification – your ID card, Voters Card, Driver’s License, International passport or NIN certificate, etc.

#4 – Passport Photograph

You need a minimum f 2 colored passport photographs of yourself and your partner (if any)of any background of any size provided your face is showing identified as you.


#5 – Two Referees

This refers to people (a current bank account owner in any bank in Nigeria bust preferable look for refers having a current account with the bank where you intend opening the account) that will stand for you and your business proving legitimacy. provision will be made in the business bank account opening form where they will have to fill and sign. It’s crucial without which your account won’t be opened. Getting these referees is sometimes a hard one as you would not want all to know you’re starting up a business. If you have family and friends that own a current account, you can even talk with the staff issuing the form, strikeout something with them they often help get referees.

The requirement to open a business bank account in Nigeria#6 – TIN (Tax Identification Numbers)
This is highly needed for every registered business establishment in Nigeria, and needed for many business purposes and also to open a business bank account, TIN in Nigeria is issued by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) having office all over Nigeria so you can get a tin anywhere throughout the Federation and to get this is simply

The Requirement to get TIN:• no charge
• passport
• Letter- addressed to FIRS together with your corporation’s letterhead.
Stamp – (handstamp) you will have to get a stamp with your business name which you will use in your TIN application Form. It’s mandatory without which your Form can’t be processed.

Providing the entire above need to the agency your TIN and given to you in less than an hour.
After meeting all the above need then you can go ahead to your bank of choice for documentation and opening of a business bank account.
What’s the least amount needed to open a business bank account?
Depending on the bank, no mandatory amount is the least but be aware, to open a business bank account a fee charge of N5000 which is the legal search fee is deducted.

What is a legal search fee? You provided a certificate of your business registration; they will charge you that fee for confirmation and for all other legal proceedings. In addition, checkbook, ATM (if requested) fee. So, you need at least 10,000 to open a business bank account successfully in Nigeria.

Good luck with opening a corporate account. Please leave a comment.


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