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Indonesia Company Registration: Requirement and Process

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Process of Company Establishment

The process can be done in 3 ways. Investors can start one of these legal entities: Local Company, Foreign Direct Investment Company known as a Limited Liability Company, and Representative Office.

1. Local Company (PT)Company Registration Indonesia as Local PT

A foreigner can start doing business in Indonesia as a local citizen or a foreign investor under a local nominee arrangement as this kind of company allows only 100% local ownership. On the contrary to other legal entities, a local company is not a subject to such strict requirements and limits. See details >>

2. Foreign Owned Company (PT PMA)Company Registration Indonesia as PMA

Foreign-owned limited liability company is a legal entity that can be fully owned by foreigners. However, the maximum foreign ownership is determined by the business sector and business activities. The restrictions are listed in a regulation called the Indonesian Negative Investment List. See details >>

3. Representative OfficeCompany Registration Indonesia as Representative Office

Commonly considered as a branch of parent company overseas, it can be your first step to enter the Indonesian market. The purpose of this legal entity is marketing activity, preparing the establishment of PT PMA, or conducting market research. No direct selling or generating revenues is allowed. See details >>


A summary of business registration services and their timelines can be found here.

Check out our e-Book A comparison of company registration in Indonesia.pdf.

Advantages of company registration of a Limited Liability Company (PT PMA)

  1. You can officially start doing business in Indonesia and have the same rights and responsibilities as other local companies.
  2. Your company can join and participate in all tenders in Indonesia.
  3. You can apply for import and other business licenses, apply for product registration under your company and thus have better conditions for importing goods.
  4. You and your foreign employees can apply for a work visa (called KITAS) under the name of your company.
  5. Your foreign clients and visitors can directly obtain a business visa sponsored by your company.

Characteristics of an Indonesian Limited Liability Company (PT PMA)

  • Can be owned up to 100% by foreigners. Maximum foreign ownership depends on the business classification mentioned in the regulating document called the Negative Investment List. Foreign ownership can be from 0 to 100% depending on the business industry. Check the updated Negative Investment List, here.
  • A required minimum of shareholders is two. They can be both individuals or companies.
  • According to the new Government Regulation Number 24 Year 2018 regarding Licensing which Integrated Electronically, there is a new system called Online Single Submission (OSS) which is supervised by Coordinating Ministry For Economic Affairs (Kemenko). All of licensing for legal entities will be handled through OSS. This system will process licenses faster than before. Foreign companies, however, cannot open a bank account before the incorporation process is completed. You are only required to submit a notary statement letter stating the amount that will be transferred once the incorporation is complete.
  • Some business activities, such as the operation of restaurants or hotels, require special licenses.
  • Foreign entities and entrepreneurs intending to establish a form of local company owned by foreign investors shall go through the procedures according to Indonesian laws and regulations based on Law No. 25 / 2007 regarding Capital Investment and Law No. 40 / 2007 regarding the Limited Liability Company.


The process of company registration for an Indonesian Limited Liability Company (PT PMA)

The entire registration and establishment process, including all procedures, takes 4 to 6 weeks.

(working days)
1Approval of company name at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights1
2Preparation of Article of Association by Notary3
3Approval of Deed of Establishment at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights3
4Obtaining Taxpayer Registration Number2
5Obtaining Certificate of Domicile from local district office (except for Jakarta)10
6Approval of Business Registration Number (NIB), Business Permit, Commercial/Operational Permit, Location Permit, Environmental Permit and BPJS through the Indonesian Online Single Submission (OSS) System2

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I set up a locally-owned company as a foreigner?

Of course. To do so, you need to engage with a local nominee service provider.

Can I expand my business to Indonesia without having to establish a company?

Yes, this particularly applies to import and export businesses. Instead of establishing a company, you can use an undername import service, also known as importer of record.

How long does it take to register a company in Indonesia?

It should take between 1 to 1.5 months. For speedy incorporation, you can choose a shelf company (ready-made company) instead.

Can I set up a joint venture company for my business?

Yes. A joint venture company can be in the form of PT PMA (foreign company) or PT (local company). Requirements for each establishment are different.

What is Business Registration Number in Indonesia?

Business Registration Number is proof that a company, regardless of type, is legally registered in Indonesia. A company that does not have a Business Registration Number may have to face dissolution.

Can I set up a company in Indonesia without calling a notary or a lawyer?

Yes. You can do it with the assistance of a professional consultant who usually has in-depth knowledge of company registration process in Indonesia.

Do local and foreign companies pay the same tax?


What is the cost for opening a company in Indonesia?

It depends on the company type and area in which you want to open your company. But, the cost starts from USD 1,500 for a local company (PT) in Jakarta area.


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