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Service Description

This service allows the user to create new commercial registration. Before starting a new commercial registration, the user has to read the instructions carefully and agree to the terms and conditions. The user has full responsibility for registering the commercial registration and he is considered aware of all regulations.

Eligibility

All Omani citizens and foreign persons with Oman ID/Resident Card can use the service. ID card should be PKI enabled.
All of the shareholders must be able to provide a digital signature by the PKI enabled ID Card or Mobile Signature. Otherwise the CR must be registered in the service providers offices.

Digital signature will NOT be available to underage Oman citizens or residents and foreign persons without Oman ID/Resident Card.

Please note that online service allows maximum of 5 investors to sign application using PKI enabled ID Card while there is no limit for the Mobile Signature.

Procedure

To register a CR, the user has to select the legal type and study the requirements carefully. If additional documents are needed, the user has to scan them with sufficient quality, one document per file and it should not be too big. The user can start registration process and system will request documents based on the entered data. To submit the application, all required fields in the form must be filled and all requested documents must be provided and an e-mail address must be provided as well.

Investors from USA and GCC countries are treated equally to Omanis. Foreign investment rules will be applied for companies with USA and GCC investors only in some cases. For more information please visit FAQ page before starting the application.

Required Documents & Forms

Each legal type has different amount of required documents and forms. Requirements for different legal types are listed below the legal type description inside the service. The user can start registration process and system will request documents based on the entered data as well.

Required Approval

New CR registration might require legal, financial or special zone authority approval. Financial approval will be needed whenever financial statement is provided. Legal approval will be required if application has any documents that should be checked by verifiers, e.g. criminal record clearance certificate. If CR is registered in special zone only special zone authority approval will be needed. To start the business user has to declare the places of activities which he wants.

There are 245 activities that do not need licensing or further approval when starting business activities. A list of license free activities is available here. For other business activities, a license must be applied. Once a license application has been approved, user will be notified and business activities can be started. The status of application can be followed using the View Application Status service.

Fees

Each legal type has different registration fees. Also it depends on the size of share capital. Please note that special zone authorities might apply different fees according to special zone regulation. Please refer to the legal type description or special zone authority for further information.

Access and Delivery Time

CR registration is done instantly, as soon as the application has been signed by signatories and paid by applicant in case it does not require any approvals, e.g. Omani owned individual firm without foreign signatories.

For business activities without the need of licensing, user can start doing business immediately after declaring the place of activities. For other activities, license approval is required. Before obtaining a license, the user can start doing preparatory work, such as renting rooms and opening a bank account. Business activities can be commenced as soon as a license has been approved. There is no need to provide bank certificate to proof the capital anymore.