The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) is the institution mandated with the responsibility of registering and licensing all entities dealing in finances and currency exchange in Kenya including Forex Bureaus.

Any person intending to register a Forex Bureau in Kenya must first initiate the process by making an application to the Registrar of Companies requesting to register a limited liability company. The request to the Registrar of Companies should be at least 3 proposed names for bureau and should incorporate the words “Forex Bureau”, “Foreign Exchange Bureau” or “Bureau de Change”.

Once, one of the names is reserved by the Registrar of companies, the applicant will then

Have to write to the Central Bank to seek approval for the reserved name.

After the name has been approved by the Central Bank, the applicant will then proceed to register the company and obtain certificate of incorporation, CR 12 and company KRA Pin. Once the company is fully registered, the applicant will proceed to make a formal application to the Director, Bank Supervision Department, Central Bank of Kenya by duly completing FORM/CBK/FXD1 and attach the following documents: 

  1. a certified copy of a statement of affairs of the applicant;
  2. a certified copy of the applicant’s memorandum and articles of association;
  3. a certified copy of the applicant’s certificate of incorporation;
  4. a feasibility study including financial projections for three years (balance sheet, profit and loss account and cash flow statements), organizational structure, physical location and postal address;
  5. evidence of existence of a minimum core capital of not less than US$60,000 or its equivalent in Kenya shillings, which should exist before commencement of operations and maintained at all times; 
  6. bank statements of the bureau’s shareholders and directors for a period of six months prior to the date of application;
  7. duly completed fit and proper forms for the shareholders, directors and principal officers of the bureau;
  8. credit reports from a credit reference bureau for the shareholders, directors and the principal officers of the bureau;
  9. a declaration by the applicant that none of its directors and/or shareholders has ever been declared bankrupt, participated in the management of a collapsed institution, convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction in Kenya or elsewhere of a criminal offence involving fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, or any other act of dishonesty;
  10. a declaration by the applicant that none of its directors and/or shareholders holds a similar position or role in any other forex bureau;
  11. an undertaking by the applicant to comply with the provisions of the Central Bank of Kenya Act, the Regulations, the Forex Bureau Guidelines and any instructions/ directions issued by the Central Bank of Kenya regarding the

establishment and operations of forex bureaus at all times; 

  • non-refundable application fee of Kshs 20,000 (this fee is payable in bankers cheque payable to the Central Bank of Kenya); and
  • any other information as may be required by the Central Bank of Kenya.

The Central Bank will then consider the application within 90 days of the date of lodging the application and either request for additional information for purposes of processing the application or where it is satisfied that all the necessary requirements have been met, issue a letter of intent to the applicant advising the applicant to:

  1. pay the licence fee of Kshs 65,000 to the Central Bank of Kenya by banker’s cheque; 
    1. transfer the non-interest-bearing deposit of US$30,000 to the Central Bank of Kenya offshore account; 
    1. invite the Central Bank of Kenya to inspect the bureau’s premises prior to commencement of business.

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements or otherwise the Central Bank shall either issue a licence to the applicant or inform the applicant in writing that the application has been declined and advise the unsuccessful applicant that an appeal to the Central Bank for review of the decision to decline may be lodged within 30 days from the date thereof.  

At A.O.WANGA ADVOCATES we are happy to assist you in registration of your Forex Bureau in Kenya.

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