Costa Rica Company Formations

Costa Rica Company Incorporation

To incorporate a company in Costa Rica we submit the notarised documents to the Registro Publico; this will start the process of registering the company and obtaining the corporate identification number.

Costa Rica Incorporation – Srl - Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada

The Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (Srl) is an alternative to the Sociedad Anónima (SA). SA's require three directors, President, Secretary, Treasurer and two shareholders.

Srl's are simpler to operate and only require one director and one shareholder

Company Registration

  • We confirm the availability of your new company name and reserve it with the Registro Publico
  • Appoint the Directors
  • The Articles of Incorporation (certificacion Literal) are notarised by a Costa Rican notary public
  • Issue your notarised 'Personaria' which confirms the existence of your company and lists who has signature authority
  • Legalisation of the company books which takes place at time of incorporation
  • Payment of Government fees
  • Publication in Costa Rica’s legal newspaper,La Gaceta
  • Register the incorporation with the Registro Publico
  • Registration of the company tax number takes place at the same time of incorporation
  • Registered Office and Registered Agent service
  • Issue of Share Certificates
  • Receive from the Registro Publico your Cedula de persona juridical – similar to a company registration number, this will allow your company to start trading
  • All documents and certificates supplied

Requirements:

In order to register a new company, the notary will publish the details in Costa Rica's legal newspaper, La Gaceta. The announcement of the company's formation must appear for a total of eight days.

Company Names

A Costa Rican company name must be unique and approved by the registry prior to incorporation. We will check the availability of your proposed company name and reserve it with the Registro Publico. The company name may be in English, provided it is accompanied with the corresponding Spanish translation.

Authorised and Issued Share Capital

There is no minimum share capital for a Costa Rican company, we incorporate with an authorised capital of CRC10,000 (£14).

Company Directors

Only one director is required to incorporate with no restriction placed upon nationality.

Shareholders

  • Shareholders may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere
  • Shares may not be transferred without the consent of the other shareholders, who have a right of first refusal to purchase them.

Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation are notarised by a Costa Rican notary public, submitted to the Registry who will issue an official entity registration card number (cédula jurídica) and assign registration entry numbers (citas de inscripción).

Company Books

Company minute Books are required for Costa Rican Srl's. The legalisation process of the Books takes place at the same time as incorporation. The Books are registered with the Registro Nacional de Republica de Costa Rica.

Municipal License in Costa Rica

Municipal Code, Law N° 7794, Article 79.

Business activities in Costa Rica require a municipal license or permit which can by obtained via the Cantonal Authorities. There are 81 municipals, the forms and requisites to obtain a license will vary for each municipality.

Registered Agent

The Registered Agent (Agente Residente) must be a lawyer with a Costa Rican office address.

Registered Office

All Costa Rican Srl's must have a registered office. We can arrange one for you.

Taxation - Registration for company tax number

The registration of the company tax number as corporate ID takes place simultaneously with the incorporation.

Srl's that do not carry out business activities in Costa Rica, are not subject to taxation.

Costa Rica Gambling License

Companies can conduct gambling activities from Costa Rica provided they obtain:

  • A Costa Rican Srl
  • Register with the tax authorities - Administración Tributaria
  • A commercial license, which we can assist with from the local government authorities

Ready Made Companies

We have Costa Rican shelf companies available. Our ready made companies are in good standing, and have not engaged in any business activities.

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Costa Rica fees to Incorporate
  • Time - 5 business days to incorporate your Costa Rica Srl company
  • Company Formation - £1380
  • Government Fee - US$390 - (£310)
  • Registered Office Fee - £680
Costa Rica Advantages
  • Travel - It is not necessary to travel to Costa Rica to incorporate
  • Directors - 1 director of any nationality is necessary for your company
  • Shareholders - only 1 shareholder required, and their names are not on public record
  • Share Capital - there is no minimum share capital requirement
  • Tax - companies are tax exempt on any profits generated outside of Costa Rica
  • Accounting - no requirement to file financial statements or retain an Auditor
  • Registration - Incorporation announcement will be published in La Gaceta legal newspaper
  • Books - Company Books are legalised with Registro Nacional de Repbublica de Costa Rica at time of incorporation

  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process