All about Commercial Registration in Bahrain

by Zaara 17, Oct 2022

The commercial registers system is a single virtual platform for Bahrain that provides a complete digital service for all business transactions. Therefore, getting a Commercial Registration (CR) Certificate is not difficult.

However, it would require your time and concentration to work per the rules and regulations of the concerned authority for commercial registration in Bahrain.

The Commercial Registration Certificate, Bahrain

For a business set up in Bahrain, investors must issue a CR. It is a legal document given to investors after registering their company with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism.

The CR certificate comprises the following information:

  • The legal representative’s name
  • The establishment date and the CR number
  • The legal form
  • The expiry date of the registration
  • The commercial name
  • The business license (after getting it).

The Documents Required for a Bahrain CR Registration

  • Name, address, nationality, ID, or passport number
  • The trade name and the legal entity
  • The capital and the commercial address of the establishment (if present)
  • The legal representative's name, nationality, address, and ID or passport number (if applicable).

The CR Types for a New Company in Bahrain

The CR certificates issued for Bahrain company formation are of three types:

  • The CR certificate which does not have a license:

It is given before the permits are obtained

  • The CR certificate which has the license:

It is issued after the permits are obtained

  • The Virtual CR (SIJILAT):

It is issued to small entrepreneurs and establishments, providing them with the legal status for performing business activities.

The CR Bahrain “SIJILAT” Portal

“SIJILAT” is a registration portal where after your company registration in Bahrain you can obtain CR and business licenses online without the need to visit government services physically.

Through the portal, some of the following amendments can also be made to your CR:

  • Renewing the CR
  • Adding activities
  • Adding branches
  • Transferring the ownership
  • Changing the commercial address.

Objectives of the “SIJILAT” Commercial Registration, Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain envisions some objectives, and they are:

  • To create an advanced E-system that is highly efficient in registering and licensing all commercial and the industrial establishments
  • To simplify, facilitate, and reset the procedures by the international practices which are the best
  • To link with every electronic system of the concerned authorities that involve in issuing the approvals and the licenses
  • To push up the nation among the competitive ranks globally regarding business in line with the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.

The Economic Vision suggests two ways to improve environmental sustainability: (i) protect natural areas so that future generations can enjoy them; and (ii) invest in technology that lower carbon emissions, lessen pollution, and encourage the use of more environmentally friendly sources of energy.

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Which law explains the articles concerning the Commercial Register in Bahrain?

Legislative Decree No. (27) of 2015.

Does a non- Bahraini sole commercial proprietorship get registered?

Except for Bahraini nationals, sole commercial proprietorships are not registered in the Commercial Register.

What is the eligibility for getting registered in the Bahraini Commercial Register?

The Bahraini national should be at least 18 years of age.

How to proceed with a case of deletion of the registration in Bahrain?

You must apply within three months from the date of the deletion warranty event.

What are the amendments that can be done through the portal in the CR?

The following amendments can be made:

  • Renewing the CR
  • Adding activities
  • Adding branches
  • Transferring the ownership
  • Changing the commercial address.