Online company / Empresa online

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award


Since 30 June 2006 it is possible to start up commercial companies through the internet. Through this service it is possible to anonymously create commercial and civil societies in the form of trade, the type of quota shares and individual ownership via the internet without going to any public service. Since 27 September 2007, there is also the possibility to obtain a Trademark at the time of establishment of an online company that, in the case of incorporation, is equivalent to the firm chosen. This service also allows the incorporation of companies following a merger or division.

This service may be used by lawyers, solicitors and notaries with a digital certificate. It is also available to any citizen, provided that they carry the Citizen Card (in this case, it is clarified that all members must be holders of a Citizen Card, so that they can digitally sign the pact) and it is not necessary to attach documents beyond the social pact. The interested parties must have a digital certificate and authenticate at the site. Then, they choose a company name from the pre-approved list or use instead a certificate of admissibility. A pre-approved standard memorandum and articles of association can be used, or one made by the interested parties which will be analysed at the register office. After entering and validating all the information about the company, an email and SMS is sent to the interested parties confirming the incorporation request and another one is sent once the incorporation is successfully completed. The social security number is immediately generated. The Permanent Certificate access code is sent by the commercial register office to the interested parties. The collective person’s card is sent by post.

An automatic domain name registration starts with the chosen company name, free of charge for one year. With this service it is cheaper to start up companies: the formation of an ‘Online company’ costs €180, publication included (plus stamp duty) if you choose a model memorandum and articles of association. The establishment of an ‘Online company’, whose purpose is to promote technological innovation, research or development, costs only €120, publication included (plus stamp duty). This service is available at the site: www.

Until February 2011, a total of 18,518 companies had been created online.

Award info
Award category: smart public service delivery
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Justice, police, human rights and security
Type of activity:
Keywords: eGovernment, creating a company online
Short English description: This service also allows the incorporation of companies following a merger or division.
Further information
Organisation: Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado, I.P.
Other applicants:
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Portugal
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:

Online company / Empresa online (38.3847135542, -8.58082252969)
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