After you register company in Malaysia with a name that has been approved by SSM, you can still change the name of your company for reasons such as the following:
- change of management
- change of shareholding
- change of business direction
- change of business activities
- renaming a shelf company
When a name change has been decided and a new name chosen, the existing company secretary will lodge the application to change the company name by first conducting a name search. A proposed new name that is too similar to the old one or is one considered undesirable or prohibited will likely be rejected by SSM.
Note: only a company secretary is authorised to conduct name search application with SSM. More information regarding unsuitable company names and how to open company in Malaysia can be found HERE
Once the name is approved, the company secretary will prepare the necessary directors’ resolutions & EGM documents, on which directors & shareholders must sign. Then the company secretary can officially submit the application (Form 11) to SSM, following the agency’s specific instructions, as stated below:
Guidelines for Change of Company Name after You Open Company in Malaysia
(a) Name Search and Application of Name
The proposed company name should be lodge via SSM online system with a prescribed fee of RM50. If the proposed name is approved, it will be reserved for thirty (30) days from the date of the notification.
(b) Submission of Application to Change Company Name
Within 30 days from the date of approval of the company name, the applicant may submit the following documents to SSM with a fee of RM100:
(i) a copy of the application and reservation for availability
(ii) a copy of the email for the approval notification of the
reservation of name; and
(iii) the application for change of name under section 28(1)
of the Companies Act 2016.
A notice of change of name will be issued within one working day by SSM upon compliance with the procedures and submission of duly completed documents.
Certificate of change of name would be issued by SSM upon request together with the prescribed fee.
(Source: Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM))
A company should use the new company name in every document once the official Form 13 is received, confirming the change of company name.
Note: It is required that a company display the old company name vis-a-vis the new company name for 12 months from the effective date of name change.