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1

How to register a business?

a. If the applicant is using his own name as per identity card as the business name:

  • there is no need to apply for approval of the business name.
  • Complete Form A (Registration of a New Business) together with copy his identity card.
  • Registration fee RM30.00.

b. If the applicant is using a trade name as the business name:

  • The applicant needs to submit an application for approval of the business name (Form PNA.42).
  • Once the business name approved, complete Form A (Registration of a New Business).
  • Attached a copy of his identity card and letter of approval from Government Agency (if applicable).
  • Registration fee RM60.00.
2

How to renew a Business Registration Certificate?

Complete Form A1 together with the prescribed fee:
Business (name per IC) – RM30.00 per year
Trade name – RM60.00 per year

3

What are the form to be used for changes of business particulars such as business address, nature of business, branch address and particular of partner?

Notify SSM within 30 days from the date of changes with the submission of Forms:
(a) Form B1 – Changes in address of the place of business
(b) Form B2 – Changes in the nature of business
(c) Form B3 – Changes in the branch address
(d) Form B4 – Changes in the particulars of ownership
Registration fee – RM20.00

4

Can a company registered under the Companies Act 1965 start a business under the Registration of Businesses Act 1956?

Pursuant to section 4 of the Registration of Businesses Act 1956, this Act is not applicable for a business which is exclusively owned and carried on by any company registered under the Companies Act 1965.

5

Can a partnership change its status to sole proprietorship?

A partnership can change its status to sole proprietorship by registering such a change using Form B4 and registration fee is RM20.00.

6

In addition to academic qualification and experience, what other requirements to become a licensed company secretary?

The applicant will have to sit for a written test and attend an interview where he will be assessed on his knowledge in the company law and regulations, company secretarial practices, Practice Notes and Code of Ethics for Company Secretaries issued by SSM.  License will be issued to the successful candidate only.

7

What is the type of business can be registered?

  1. Sole proprietorship (one owner)
  2. Partnership (2 to 20 owners)
8

What are the fees applicable for a sole proprietorship or partnership?

(a) Registration fee for a sole proprietorship using own name as per identity card is RM30.00.
(b) Registration fee for a sole proprietorship using a trade name is RM60.00.
(c) Registration fee for a partnership is RM60.00.

9

Can a business change the business name?

There is no provision under Registration of Businesses Act 1956 allows a business to change name.  Need to register a new business.

10

Can the business that had expired more than 12 months be renewed?

It is not allowed. Need to re-register the business.

11

What is the period of new registration or renewal for a business?

The business can be register or renew for a period not exceeding five (5) years.

12

How to ensure that the officer conducting the inspection is from SSM?
Can I request from the SSM officer to show his authorization cards during the inspection?

SSM officers will need to show his/her authorization card as an Assistant Registrar of Companies / Business and Business Inspector before inspection is being conducted.

13

Where can the Business Registration Form be obtained?

Business Registration Form can be obtained at any SSM counter either SSM Headquarter or State Office excluded Sabah and Sarawak. Form also can be download from website SSM www.ssm.com.my

14

Where to submit the Business Registration application?

The application can be submitted at any SSM counter either Headquarter or State Office excluded Sabah and Sarawak. Application can also be submitted via online using SSM e-Lodgement services by browsing website SSM www.ssm.com.my or website Portal MAMPU www.malaysia.gov.my