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.
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.
We offer a complete incorporation package in Costa Rica that includes:
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.
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.
Only one director is required to incorporate with no restriction placed upon nationality.
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.
There is no minimum share capital for a Costa Rican company, we incorporate with an authorised capital of CRC10,000 (£14).
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 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.
The Registered Agent (Agente Residente) must be a lawyer with a Costa Rican office address. We can assist with this.
All Costa Rican Srl's must have a registered office. We can arrange one for you.
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.
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 every January.
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.
The following is required in order to obtain a DPL:
All of which will all be handled by our agent.