Trade License.cz / Required documents for Trade License registration

There are different requirements for EU Citizens, 3rd-Country Nationals and Czech citizens!

EU Citizen WITHOUT (temporary) residence permit and shorter than 3 months in CZ:

  • Police Clearance from home country 1 - REQUIRED original paper document, not older than 3 months, with apostille stamp.
  • OR: Police Clearance through Czechpoint - REQUIRED, does not work for all nationalities, processing can take 25 days.

EU Citizen WITH (temporary) residence permit OR proof of stay longer than 3 months in CZ:

  • Police Clearance - NOT REQUIRED

BREXIT spoiler, UK citizen with or without EU spouse, with or without Temporary Residence Permit:

  • Police Clearance 1 - REQUIRED original paper document, not older than 3 months, with apostille stamp. Only exception: UK holders of a Permanent Residence Permit.

3rd-Country National / non-EU Citizen / US Citizens:

  • Police Clearance from home country 1 - REQUIRED original paper document, not older than 3 months, with apostille stamp or superlegalized.
  • US citizens 2 can use an afidavit from the US embassy instead of a criminal extract
  • you must apply for a Business Visa at an embassy outside of Czech Republic unless you already have a valid visa or (temporary) residence permit (and the original purpose of stay remains valid) 3

Note 1: Police Clearance. The 3 months starts counting from the day the Police Clearance was issued, *NOT* the date of apostille / superlegalization / translation. Also do not bring a document that will expire in a few days - do not gamble on it still being valid during the registration process.
We do not recommend having a translation made abroad - the translation needs to be made by a translator registered at the Czech court, else the trade license may refuse the translation. It is most likely also cheaper to have the translation done in Czech Republic instead of abroad.

Note 2: US citizens can use an afidavit from the US embassy instead of a criminal extract for the trade license registration, other nationalities can not.

Note 3: For changing the purpose of stay from employment / student to business you must have lived in CZ for at least 5 years. However, it is possible to have a trade license next to your job as employee / being student (and in that case you do not have to change your purpose of stay)!

4 General Documents required for all nationalities:

  • Passport - copy or scan + last CZ visa or residence permit (if you have one)
  • Proof of (former) address abroad (even if you do not live there anymore),
  • Permission of the landlord - as paper original or notarized copy for registering the Trade License on that address (unless you order a virtual office from us) - here is the template: Udeleni Souhlasu.pdf
  • Proof of residence address in Czech Republic - paper original or notarized copy: rental contract in Czech (not only in English) or extract of Katastr if you are owner. We need to show an original at the authorities, but leave a copy there, and the original we'll return to you.

4 General Documents that speed up the registration process (you may or may not have them):

  • DIČ (CZ Tax ID) or rodne cislo (CZ birth number)
  • CZ Public Health Care number (it is on the plastic card or paper confirmation)
  • CZ Social Security number (it is on the paper confirmation)
  • Agreement your CZK bank account. This account does not have to be a business account. If you do not have a bank account yet: after you get the trade license, it is easy to open one. It is possible to receive payments on foreign accounts in foreign currencies. Ask us for details.

Especially For Czech Citizens and People with Trvaly Pobyt:

  • NO police clearance (Výpis z Rejstříku trestů) required
  • Copy of Občanka / Pas, Rodné číslo
  • If you want to register your trade license on the address of your obcanka (your trvaly bydliste), you do not need permission of the landlord. For all other cases: have the landlord sign a permission - here is the template: Udeleni Souhlasu.pdf
  • no former address abroad required
  • VERY IMPORTANT: the registration procedure for Czech Nationals / Trvaly Pobyt is entirely different than for foreigners. Contact us for details, and a reduced registration fee. 4

Note 4: Conditions - must have Občanka and Rodné číslo, and registered already in the tax / social / health system.