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Belize Licenses

Belize Licenses

According to the Belize legislation, different activities, including financial services, may be performed by companies registered in Belize only if the company has a special license.

The International Financial Services (Licensing) Commission of Belize has specified a list of activities which require a special license:

  • Trading in Foreign Exchange, FX
  • Asset management
  • Trading in financial commodity-based derivative instruments and other securities (futures, options, interest rates, shares, stock, contracts for differences etc.)
  • Money transmission services
  • Payment processing services
  • Money brokering
  • Money lending and pawning
  • Currency exchange
  • Brokerage, consulting and advisory services in any financial services
  • Accounting services
  • Depositary services

The procedure and terms for obtaining licenses in Belize are identical for most of them. Below you can find a list of all types of licenses, the total cost, annual government duties as well as the size of authorized capital for each license.

The procedure for obtaining licenses in Belize:

Step 1 
Registration of an offshore company in Belize which activity is supposed to be licensed.
Step 2 
Our specialists will prepare a list of questions that should be answered to fill in the required forms.
Step 3 
Our specialists will prepare a list of documents that must be attached to the application. The total list of documents is given below.
Step 4 
Opening a bank account
Step 5 

Material transfer of the full authorized capital, i.e. US $ 25,000 - 500,000, to a bank account. The capital is deposited to the account for the duration of the license. Legal requirements concerning the size of the authorized capital depends on the type of license are given below.

Step 6 

Payment of the government fee for processing a licensing application- US $ 500.

Step 7 

Documents evidencing payments are submitted to IFSC. The timeframe for obtaining a license takes 5-8 weeks.

The list of documents submitted by each company’s founder:

  • A notarized color copy of the passport
  • Proof of Address with a notarized English translation
  • Bank Reference
  • Professional Reference (lawyer's office, audit company, accounting company)
  • Detailed business plan
  • CV evidencing the necessary experience / education or professional skills required for the activity. (e.g. Forex, accounting, trade, etc.)

The cost includes:

  • Company registration
  • Opening a bank account
  • Belize resident Director Service
  • Registered Address
  • Virtual office

Additional payments:

  • Government fee for the license for a year from the date of its receipt - US $ 2500 - 5000
  • Working-out and writing Business plan in English (optional) - US $ 3500.

International asset protection and management License


This license is an essential part of a successful capital investment project. As a rule, the basis of each project is an original idea with a specific set of competitive advantages that contribute to its investment appeal. But the key criteria which determine the investor’s choice of trustee and investment fund are registration documents and licenses. Observing all these terms provides the client with legal protection and gives a sense of transaction security and financial resources payback.

  • Authorised capital - US $ 25 000.00
  • Working-out and writing Business plan in English (optional) - US $ 3500.

The International Financial Services Commission (Licensing) Regulations 2007 also provides the possibility of obtaining licenses for other activities.

Buying an offshore in Belize is the right choice for your business.
Belize offshores offered by our company are noted for their clear and distinct benefits.

The main advantage is guaranteed tax avoidance. The purchase of a fixed annual fee payment will be sufficient. Currently, there are more than twenty five international agreements signed by Belize authorities. Twelve of them are distinguished by the avoidance of double taxation. The remaining are dedicated to the exchange of tax and fee data.

The main advantages of purchasing a Belize offshore is that Belize is a state with tropical climate

Its area is no more than one half of the territory of the Moscow region. Belize is located in the Yucatan Peninsula in South America, Before the1970s, the country was called British Honduras and was one of the last British colonies. After gaining its independence in the early eighties, Belize became a part of the British Commonwealth and the official language is still English. Belize is a constitutional monarchy. Officially, the head of the state is Queen Elizabeth II. In reality, the UK Prime Minister administers the country.

Agriculture and tourism are the economic basis of Belize due to its unique natural environment which hosts various flora and fauna. One of the direct benefits of owning an offshore company in Belize is the fact that it has no civil disturbances despite being located in a conflict area. The country has not been involved in any disputes with its neighbors. The stable internal situation encouraged the development of investment activity prompted by IBC Act introduced more than five years ago. Buying an offshore in Belize is guaranteed to merge your own business with the most stable economic and legal system.

Have you decided to buy an offshore? Belize is a great choice! The main advantages of a Belize offshore given that Belize is an offshore zone are the following:

• the fastest IBC formation in the world
• • the lowest prices for company registration;
• low cost of offshore maintenance;
•Information security ;
• Complete confidentiality;
• Using nominee service.

Offshore Registration System

All the procedures concerning Belize offshore incorporation can be carried out without your personal presence. You should just give answers to the questions mentioned in the Form of Act to the agents dealing with registration.
Belize International Business Company should comply with a few easy conditions:
• A Belize IBC may not own real estate;
• A Belize IBC may not provide the registered office for other companies;
• A Belize IBC may not provide services for Belize residents;

Belize offshores are classic so purchasers are allowed to rent offices and living spaces. It is possible to open a bank account as well as buy ships registered on the territory of Belize. Many entrepreneurs begin gambling ventures, particularly online casinos. For this activity, one is allowed to purchase an offshore license. For incorporation, because Belize is an offshore zone, the following documents are supplied: a copy of passport, address of the head of company as well as the future location of documents.

The intended business activity of the company must be stated.

Belize Offshore has minimum requirements for investors for company registration:
● personal presence of director and shareholder is not required
● secretary is not required
● meetings are not required
● no need to actually pay-up authorised capital
● a single share including no par value shares are considered to be enough
How Much Is Belize Offshore Registration
For Belize offshore incorporation, an entrepreneur only needs to pay for some services and mandatory fees:
● Registered agent service;
● Registered address fee;
● The offshore fee for one year to the Belizean government;
● A set of uniformly certified primary documents;
● Corporate seal for the registered company.

The average sum of a Belize offshore incorporation is about one thousand US dollars. Courier service is an additional payment. Annual renewal payment is also required. Some extra payments in the Belize offshore zone are necessary for purchasing international certificates if requested.


Money transmission services

Authorised Capital – US$ 75 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 5 000.00

Payment processing services

Authorised Capital – US$ 75 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 5 000.00

Trading in foreign exchange

Authorised Capital – US$ 500,000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 25 000.00

Money brokering

Authorised Capital – US$ 75 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 5 000.00

Trading in financial

Authorised Capital – US$ 500,000.00
Annual Government Duty- US$ 25 000.00

Money lending and pawning

Authorised Capital – US$ 75 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 5 000.00

Money exchange

Authorised Capital– US$ 75 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 5 000.00

Safe custody services

Authorised Capital– US$ 50 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 5 000.00

Accounting services

Authorised Capital – US$ 25 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 2 500.00

Brokerage, consultancy or advisory services in any of the above services

Authorised Capital – US$ 50 000.00
Annual Government Duty - US$ 5 000.00