Costa Rica Company Formations

Costa Rica Company Incorporation

To incorporate an Srl 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 – Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (Srl)

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.

Srl Company Registration

We offer a complete incorporation package in Costa Rica that includes:

  • 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 "certificado de personaría jurídica" 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 "cédula de persona jurídica" – similar to a company registration number, this will allow your company to start trading
  • All documents and certificates supplied

Company Formation 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.

Costa Rica Company Directors

Only one director is required to incorporate your Costa Rica Company with no restriction placed upon nationality.

Costa Rica Company Shareholders

Only one Shareholder is required for your company. There are no restrictions placed on nationality or residence.

Shares may not be transferred without the consent of the other shareholders, who have a right of first refusal to purchase them.

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).

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.

Registered Agent

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

Registered Office

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

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 Corporate Tax

A new annual corporation law (Ley de Impuesto a las Personas Jurídicas No. 9428) requires all Srl companies and branches registered at the Mercantile Registry of Costa Rica pay corporation tax. The tax applies to activities performed within the previous fiscal year and the rates depends on whether the company is active or inactive.

Newly registered entities will have 30 days to submit the tax payment to the national registry. The tax is due by the 31st January every year.

Costa Rica Gambling - Data Processing License (DPL)

Our Agent is the main provider and more specialised provider of such services and has been since 1999. Please take into consideration that Data Process Licenses are really Business Licenses so without a physical space (provided by our agent) such a permit will not be issued.

Process obtaining a Data Processing License (DPL)

The following is required in order to obtain a DPL:

  • Incorporation of a Costa Rican Srl
  • Registered Office confirmation
  • Employee risk insurance policy
  • Inspection from the Municipality
  • Ministry of Health Permit
  • Registration of employees with the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social

  • Grant Power of Attorney to the Agent in order for the license to be processed

All of which will all be handled by our agent.

Cost and Time Frame

  • Cost of DPL for the first year start from US$6500  
  • Estimated duration to obtain a DPL application is approximately 45 business days
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Costa Rica Fees to Incorporate
  • Company Formation - £1380
  • Provision of Registered Office - £950
  • Government Fee - US$200
  • Corporate Tax Fee - US$130
  • Company Secretary recommended - £400
  • Mail Forwarding - £450
Costa Rica Annual Maintenance Fees
  • Provision of Registered Office - £950
  • Government Tax Renewal - US$200
  • Corporate Tax Renewal- US$130
  • Directors Register Maintenance - £175
  • Company Secretary recommended - £400
  • Mail Forwarding - £450
Costa Rica Advantages
  • Time - 5-7 days to incorporate your Costa Rica Srl company
  • 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
  • DPL License - We can refer you to our Agent for assistance
  • 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
  • Travel - It is not necessary to visit to Costa Rica to incorporate your Srl
  • Support - using our 20 years experience we guide you throughout every step of the company formation process
Required to Proceed
  • Company Name - We can check your company name is available
  • Passport - colour scan of your passport
  • Documents - copy of a utility bill, credit card or bank statement showing your private address
  • Start now - complete here
  • Upload - proof of address & copy passport can be uploaded here