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Registration of Sole Proprietor or Partnership

Registration for sole proprietorship or partnership in Malaysia is for Malaysian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of 18 years and above only. Registration can be done within one hour and you can start your business immediately! 

Remember, the nature of the registered business should not contravene any laws or likely to be used for unlawful purposes or any purpose prejudicial to or incompatible with the security of the Federation, public order or morality.

a. What you need to bring / have?

  • Photocopy of owner and/or partner’s identity card (IC)
  • Permit, license, approval or supporting letter for the type of
    businesses e.g. Nursery (Department of Social Welfare), Kindergarten,
    Tuition Centers, Schools/College (Ministry/ Department of Education) or
    other relevant agencies if required by the Registrar of Business
  • Cash (RM60 – RM100) for registration fee:
    - Sole proprietorship using personal name as stated in the identity
    card – RM30
    - Sole proprietorship or partnership using trade name - RM60
    - Registration of branches – RM5 for each branch
    - Business information printout – RM10
  • Your business’s name & business activity

b. Business may be registered using personal name or using a trade name

  • The business name using a personal name as stated on the identity card:
    Example: Ruslan bin Mohamed, Siow Ah Thai or, Ramasamy a/l Muthusamy
  • Trade Name is the name of the proposed business and must obtain prior approval from the Registrar of Business.
    Example: Kedai Dobi Mewah, Lucky Star Catering or ABS Unggul Enterprise.
  • When you’re ready to register your business name, complete the Business Name Approval Form (Form PNA.42) with three (3) proposed business names. Business names will be approved according to priority and will be attached to the New Business Registration Form (Form A) at the counter.

c. Complete the Business Registration Form (Form A) with the following information:

  • Business name
  • Commencement date of business
  • Principal place of business
  • The address of the branch of business (if any)
  • Information of owner and partners
  • Type of business carried out
  • Provide a copy of the Partnership Agreement (if any)

d. sign the completed Form

Every business owner and partner must sign the completed form.

e. submit the application

Person responsible must submit the application to counter or through online via SSM e-Lodgement services in the SSM’s website at www.ssm.com.my.

f. Validation

A new business registration may valid for a period of 1 year and does not exceed 5 years on each registration.

g. Get your certificate

Business Registration Certificate can be obtained within 1 hour from the time payment is made.

h. What will happen if you don't register

A person who carries on business without registering a business commits an offense under the ROBA 1956 and if found guilty be fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or both.

i. obtain licenses, permits or approval letters

Even though businesses have been registered with SSM, business owners are responsible to obtain licenses, permits or approval letters from other relevant authorities in order to operate their businesses.


Please refer to online guides at http://www.ssm.com.my/en/services_registration for details.
  • Guidelines for Changes in Business Particular
  • Guidelines for Renewal of Business Registration
  • Guidelines for Termination of Business
  • Responsibilities of Owners and Business Partners
The above is correct on 13th February 2018.

Source: StartMeUp - Business Toolkit for Startups

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