Vientiane Capital, Lao P.D.R
General Information for Enterprise Registration in Laos
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Where to Go

To register a business in the Lao PDR, you must visit the Department of Enterprise Registration and Management offices. Depending on the location and the type of business, you will register at the central, provincial, or district office level. Contact any office, and they can advise you of the location you need to attend. See details below :
1.    Central Office (Ministry of Industry and Commerce). Larger legal entities within certain sectors must be registered at the central office.
        Department of Enterprise Registration and Management
        Tel ( 856 21 ) 412 011 Fax ( 856 21 ) 453 865

2.    Province Level (Provincial Industry and Commerce Department): These offices are in or near the provincial capital. Provincial offices register legal entities but not individual businesses. Contact the central office for the contact details of the provincial office.
3.    District Level (District Industry and Commerce Office ). District offices are responsible for registering individual businesses (those not using a legal entity). Contact the central office for the location of your district office.

Business Activity Type

To register a business in the Lao PDR, you need to know the classification of your business activity, as defined by an LSIC code. Certain business activities are subject to special control—these activities are known as the negative list. Business activities on the negative list will be subject to additional registration requirements, which may prolong the registration process.

A business can be registered for more than one business activity.


What You Will Need

When attending the office to register a business, you should bring three copies of the following documents (see downloads for copies of the forms):

1.    A completed business application form for the type of business you wish to register

2.    A photocopy of your Passport ID card, or Family Identity Book

3.    For foreign investors – an Investor CV

4.    A color photo of the Director or Manager of the business (3cm x 4cm size, taken within 3 months of application )

Additional documents will be required when registering a legal entity rather than an individual.

Enterprise Registration Procedure

An investor who intends to conduct business in his/her own right or through a legal entity shall give notice by submitting an application form for enterprise registration to the relevant enterprise registrar. Depending on the business activity, the enterprise registration process may require the approval of one or more agencies. The registrar will manage this as part of enterprise registration.

If the business is not an individual business, a business name must be reserved prior to or during the registration process. There is a separate application form for the business name.

A business can register to conduct business under more than one activity category (as defined by an LSIC code) at a time. Each activity might require approval from an external agency. The registrar will handle this as part of the enterprise registration process.

Enterprise Registration Processing Time

The registration process should normally take no longer than 10 working days. If the business is for an activity on the Negative List (a list of activities that require additional government checks), the registration process will include submitting the application to the relevant agency.