Regardless of whether you decide to operate as an individual (with one or more commercial establishments) or as any kind of company that exists in Colombia, you can register as a merchant at the CCB by completing the Business and Social Registry (RUES, for the Spanish original) forms and paying the registration fees established by law. If you or the majority of the company partners are less than 35 years old, you can register at no cost, provided that you meet the requirements established in Law 1780 of 2016. The assigned registration number shall accredit you as a business professional and for carrying out your business activity.
If you register as a company, you must additionally submit the respective document of incorporation of the company (bylaws), which must comply with the law for the respective company type selected, paying the applicable registration fees in the public registry, plus the respective registration tax for the Departmental Government of Cundinamarca and the Capital District if the company operates in Bogotá.
You can register for your merchant’s certificate, either as an individual or as a company, together with the registration of your respective commercial establishments, branches or agencies with which you can start your business activity, in person at any of our 12 offices or online at our electronic office (
Remember that this registration generates the first obligation to annually renew the assigned merchant’s certificate, as well as the tax and payroll payments required by law according to your economic activity or selected operating model.