Starting a Business in


Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Morocco. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with between 10 and 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Obtain a "Certificat Négatif" to register the company name

    Agency: Regional Investment Center (Centre regional d'investissement)

    The certificat négatif can be applied for in person or online at: www.directinfo.ma.

    Less than one day (online procedure) MAD 230 (MAD 210 + MAD 20 droits de timbres)

    Pay stamp duty

    Agency: Kiosk, Bookstore or Post Office

    Business founders can pay the stamp duty at a kiosk, bookstore, or post office.

    1 day DH 20 per sheet (2 pages per sheet) + DH10

    Register for patent tax, the Tribunal of Commerce, social security and taxation

    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 files the incorporation documents in person 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
    - “Patente” tax number
    - 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 promoter includes 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. The CRI is working on making this publication online.

    In about a week, the promoter receives the “patente,” 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.

    7 days Fixed fee of DH 1,000 + DH200 (registration fee) + DH 350 (registration at commercial registry) + DH 150 publication fee (DH 8-9/ line in business paper, DH4/ line bulletin officiel).

    Make a company stamp

    Agency: Sealmaker

    The company obtains a company seal from a sealmaker.

    1 day MAD 200