Registering Estonian e-company

To registrate and run Estonian company using virtual e-Estonia sources you can do all the procedure by yourself.

  • Company Registration Portal enables to register private limited company, sole proprietor, limited partnership, general partnership and non-profit associations online. 

  • The most popular type is private limited company. 

  • Company can be electronically registered in the Business Register if all persons related to the company (Board Members, founders, Council Members, etc.) have an Estonian, Latvian, Belgian, Finnish ID card; Estonian or Lithuanian mobile ID or Estonian e-Residency card.     

  • If you do not want or can´t register a company online, you can turn to notary.  

  • Company´s name must be distinguishable from other already registered business names and trademarks, and its suitability can be compared against already registered business names and trademarks. 

  • Company needs to have an Estonian address. It is not allowed to register P.O. box as an address. 

  • Minimum amount of share capital depends on company type, in case of private limited company capital must be at least 2,500 euros. 

  • In Estonia private limited company can be registered without making contributions if:
    – Planned share capital is not larger than 25,000 euros,
    – It is allowed by memorandum of association, and
    – Founder of the private limited company is a natural person.

  • Until the complete payment of the contributions by all the shareholders, the private limited company is not allowed to increase nor decrease the share capital, and in addition the private limited company cannot make any disbursements to the shareholders. 

  • If you wish to pay share capital during registration, it must be transferred via a single transfer through the links to banks available in the portal to the depository account of registrar or the account opened in a credit institution operating in a contracting state of the European Economic Area or in the branch of a foreign credit institution opened in a contracting state, using a previously completed payment order. You can open a bank account for the company in a bank after company has been registered. If the contribution is made as a deposit to the account of the registrar, the company can apply no later than within one year following its entry in the register for the return of the contribution to its account with a credit institution. The contribution will be returned within five working days after submission of a conforming application. 

  • While preparing registration application you must choose one planned principal activity, which is the main source of revenue expected in the first financial year. Company can have other activities as well. 

  • Submission of registration application in Company Registration Portal consists of five steps: preparation, signing, payment of share capital and state fee, and submission. Share capital and state fee can be paid through portal during submission of application. 

  • Submitted application will be reviewed within one working day and notification about registration will be sent via email.

According to Estonian Central Registry of Securities Act, all Estonian joint stock companies, including companies in the process of being established, have an obligation to register their shares in the Estonian Central Register of Securities (henceforth the central register) maintained by the Estonian Central Securities Depository (henceforth Estonian CSD).

About registration

All shareholders must previously have opened a securities account at the Estonian Central Register of Securities (The number has 11 digits; the first two numbers are 99. A securities account is opened through a bank.

All necessary documents are submitted to the Estonian CSD.

If the documents are submitted properly, they will be processed within five working days.

The registration of shares of a private limited company in the Estonian Central Register of Securities(henceforth the central register) is optional. If a private limited company registers its shares, the company will free itself from carrying out the notarial procedures related to shares and ensure its owners a neutral and safe record keeping of the shares.