Costa Rica Gaming License_Guideline

Costa Rica Gaming License

There’s no real regulation in place in Costa Rica, to provide the legal framework for the provision of the Gaming Services. The government is still working towards a regulated environment.

Permitted Activities

It’s illegal for residents to gamble online and to gamble at all on games that have any random outcome.

However, according to Costa Rican law, the physical location of an online gambling operator’s server isn’t where gambling actually takes place. Therefore, companies can offer online gambling services from Costa Rica, provided they don’t offer them to residents of the region.

Inorder to operate, a company needs a data processing license or an internet gaming license – which is not strictly required.

Legal Requirements



Element Requirement(s)
Entity Requirements The entity making the application is a Costa Rican Company which Includes;

  1. A Corporation
  2. Limited liability companies
Director’s Requirements The licensee will need at least 1 (one) natural person Fit and Proper Directors of any jurisdiction.
Shareholder requirements
  • The Gaming Company will need at least 2 (two) shareholders.
  • Corporate shareholding is allowed and 100% foreign ownership is permitted.
Legal Representative The Applicant must employ at least one legal representative residing in the Country or appoint a resident Agent.
Local Office The company must have an office in Costa Rica and some employees must reside there.
Auditor Having an Auditor is not a requirement
Insurance It is not a requirement to have an indemnity insurance coverage or a fidelity bond.
Minimum Capital Requirements No requirements for the minimum share capital

Ongoing Obligations

  1. An annual fee must be paid irrespective of whether it is a commercially active company or not.
  2. No specific reporting and audit requirements

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