Make your business legal

Make your business legal

To start and operate a business in Cambodia, you will need to get registered. The first step will be to review the different types of business structures and to decide which one is the best for you.

You will also need to decide on a name and check if it is available.

To help you decide, you should research the structures and pros and cons of the above types of businesses and select the one that is most suitable for you and your business. A good place to start is here. This site contains a table comparing the different registration types along with the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Registration Steps and Requirements in Cambodia

In Cambodia, you can register your new business through the One Portal system here. This User Guide from the Ministry of Economy and Finance is very useful to help you get prepared for this process. It includes an overview of how to use the system and the documents you will need to prepare for submission.

The main steps in registering your business, whether you use the One Portal system, or a service provider are:

  • Name Search and confirmation
  • Business registration with the MOC
  • Tax registration with GDT
  • Declaration of opening with MoLVT
  • Licensing and other requirements based on operations and industry. Read more about licensing here.
    You may need to secure additional licenses and permits in order to have the approval to do certain activities based on your type of business and industry. You can find more information on licenses and permits in the Business License section of this website.
    You may also choose to register a trademark. Registering a trademark can protect your brand assets, such as your business name or logo. To learn how to register a trademark, see the video here.
  • Official Portal to Trademark Registration in Cambodia​​

If you have staff members you will also need to apply for National Social Security Fund (NSSF). You can learn more about NSSF and how to apply here.