Costa Rica Gambling License

It is permitted for businesses to conduct gambling activities from Costa Rica provided that you obtain:

  • A Costa Rican Corporation
  • Registration with the tax authorities – Administración Tributaria
  • A Data processing license, which we can assist with from the local government authorities
  • In practice, you do not require a license for gaming online, but you do require a data processing license

Incorporation process for gaming company in Costa Rica

Incorporation of a Costa Rica Company for Gaming. This entity is a S.R.L. (Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada)

Main characteristics are it is authorised for gaming in its bylaws, limited liability, offshore tax exempt, low maintenance and operated by a single director

Annual Corporations Tax is paid every January. This is a flat tax. A data processing License is required.

Obtaining a bank account and Merchant facilities for your company

We have developed a procedure to ensure that banks outside Costa Rica have the right sort of information to give you the banking facilities required. We get a notarised letter from the notary which forms your company, stating the following:

“I swear that the company called “….”, whose documents are filed in the Mercantile Section of the Public Registry, is not prohibited from legally trading as an online casino in Costa Rica, given that this activity is not prohibited in Costa Rica, as stated by the body known as the “Dirección General de Tributación Directa”

This letter is then presented to the bank outside Costa Rica.

Gambling License

There is legislation to restrict land based gambling, but according to the legal system these laws are not interpreted as extending to internet gambling.

As no specific license is required, these gambling corporations work under a data processing license which must be obtained in the Municipality. Formacompany can obtain this license; we will register the corporation and obtain the permits in all governmental institutions required, and fulfil any other specific requirement.

Once this is done we obtain the legal data processing license in the name of the corporation so the client is sure that his company will have no impediments.

The requirements to obtain the license are:

  • Power of attorney authorising Formacompany to process the gambling license
  • A Costa Rican Corporation
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