Iran, Islamic Rep.

Ease of Doing Business in

Iran, Islamic Rep.

This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 77,447,168
GNI Per Capita (US$) 5,780
City covered Tehran
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
130 132 down 2

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
56.51 55.52 down 0.99
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2015 Rank 62 DB 2014 Rank*** 70 Change in Rank up8
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 89.37 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 87.14 Change in DTF** (% points) up2.23

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator Iran, Islamic Rep. Middle East & North Africa OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
6.0 8.0 4.8

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
12.0 18.9 9.2

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
3.1 28.1 3.4

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
0.0 45.6 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain a criminal record clearance 5 days on average IRR 50,000 per criminal record
2 Reserve a unique company name, Register at the Companies Registration Office and Pay the registration fees 3 days IRR 375,000 for registration and IRR 40,000 for name search and reservation.
3 Place a notice of the company formation in the Official Gazette and the selected newspaper of general circulation 1 day IRR140,000 for official Gazette; IRR 240,000 for general circulation newspaper
4 Retrieve the officially sealed books of account within 30 days of registration 1 day IRR 100,000
5 Pay the share certificate stamp duty within 60 days of company registration 1 day 0.2% of the par value of the subscribed share capital
6 Enroll workers in the social security program at the Iranian Labor Department and Obtain a workplace number 1 day no charge

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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