History

SERVE – Services for Registration and Verification of Entrepreneurs was created by the Decree-Law 35/2012 with the objective to integrate, in a “One-Stop-Shop”, all services related with business registration and licensing, which were before handled by the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance and by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, respectively.
In this sense, SERVE became the State’s service responsible for the registration of companies an sole traders, as well for the verification and publicity of their legal status, with competency, to approve company’s name, as well as to organize and manage the business registration data base.
The establishment of SERVE is in accordance with Government’s Strategic Development Plan and demonstrates the efforts of the different Ministries involved to make Timor-Leste an atractive and competitive nation in the commercial area.
SERVE has the following competencies:
a) Register companies and sole traders;
b) Issue the Unique Number for companies, entrepreneurs and sole traders;
c) Issue Business Registration Certificates;
d) Verify the legal status of companies, entrepreneurs and sole traders;
e) Issue and renew the Authorization to Conduct Business Activities;
f) To promote and facilitate the process of business licenses, as well as its renewal;
g) To promote and facilitate the application for the adequate visa for foreign entrepreneur or investor, in accordance with the law into force;
h) To submit to the competent authority the request for liquidation of companies, in accordance with this Decree-Law;
i) To cancel the Authorization to Conduct Business Activities, the registration of the company or sole traders, in accordance with this Decree-Law;
j) To create and to maintain updated the data base for registration and business license.
k) To conduct other activities which are not contrary to its nature and objectives.
In this sense, SERVE provides the following services:
a) Business registration, including the following acts:
i) Issue the Certificate for Name Approval;
ii) Issue Company’s Unique Number (TIN);
iii) Issue the Business Registration Certificate;
iv) Certification of the Articles of Association and legal Statutes of the company;
v) Publication of the summary of the registration.
b) Cancel the Business Registration based on request by the Sole trader ou by the company, after the conclusion of the process for company’s liquidation or by decision of the competent tribunal;
c) Issue, renew and cancel the Authorization to Conduct Business Activities, pursuant to Articles 35 to 59, of this Decree-Law.
d) Promote and facilitate the process for Business License and its renewal;
e) Issue Certidão Negativa de Dívidas for business license purposes;
f) Issue certificate for verification of the legal status of companies, entrepreneurs and sole traders, in accordance with the law;
g) Update of the details of the company, entrepreneurs and sole traders;
h) Promote and facilitate the process for visa for foreign entrepreneurs and investors;
i) Other services that are not contrary to its competencies and that are defined by the Interministerial Techinical Commission.
All applications submitted to register new businesses, in accordance with the law, are processed, in its great majority, within 5 working days.
SERVE is opened for business since 4th June 2013, from Monday to Friday, from 8:30h to 12:00h and from 14:00h to 17:00h, and its office is located at Obrigado Barracks 2, Matadouro, em Dili.
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SERVE