Business Formation

Obtain a Certificate of availability of the company name (Certificat Négatif)

Agency: Regional Investment Center (Centre Regional d’Investissement)

A certificate of availability of the company name must be obtained. One may apply for it in person or online at www.directompic.ma.

Time and cost: Less than 1 day (online procedure), DH 162

Register with the Tribunal of Commerce, the Tax Authorities, Social Security and the patent tax at the Regional Investment Center (Centre Regional d’Investissement)

Agency: Regional Investment Center (Centre Regional d’Investissement)

The applicant can download a single registration form (formulaire unique declaration de création d’entreprise) online. With the completed form, the applicant must file the incorporation documents and pay the relevant fees at the Centre Regional d’Investissement (CRI).

The CRI centralizes the following procedures:

  • Deposit of bylaws and registration at the Tribunal of Commerce and the Company Registrar.
  • Business tax number (taxe professionnelle).
  • Two announcements: in a legal journal and in the Official Bulletin.
  • Declaration of fiscal existence.
  • Social security affiliation.
  • Legalization of legal books.

When submitting the form and all documents, the entrepreneur must include the text for publication in both publications (that is, the legal newspaper and the Official Gazette). The text must be in Arabic and typed. The CRI coordinates the publication process. Although the announcement is published in the Official Gazette in 30 days, a receipt from submitting the publication is enough for filing the registration documents with the Tribunal of Commerce.

In about a week, the promoter receives the business tax (taxe professionnelle), the fiscal identification, the commercial registration certificate, legal books, and the social security registration (CNSS registration). As a new service, the entrepreneur can request to be notified by text message when the file is ready.

Time and cost: 7 days, DH350 (commercial registry fee) + DH200 (registration fee) + DH150 publication fee (DH8-9/ line in business paper, DH 4/line)

Make a company stamp

Agency: Sealmaker

The company obtains a company seal from a sealmaker.

Time and cost: 1 day, DH 200

Register the company’s employees with Social Security (CNSS)

Agency: Social Security Institute (Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale – CNSS)

Once the company has been incorporated, business founders must register the company’s employees with Social Security (Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale – CNSS) . This can be done through a visit to CNSS’ offices or online at the Damancom portal (http://www.damancom.ma).

Time and cost: Less than 1 day (online and simultaneous with previous procedure), no charge