Olman Arguedas Rojas got his business license (patente) to open a pharmacy on Paseo Colón in San José in only three days using the website www.crearempresa.go.cr, according to the office of the Gobierno Digital (Digital Government).
Arguedas made the request on November 26 at 2:45pm, the license was approved on November 28 at 4:55pm and issued on November 29 at 5:28pm.
“The impression I got after using the Crear Empresa website is that I was in a first world country. I only have whoever is in charge for tihis”, Arguedas was quoted as saying on Gobierno Digital.
The objective of the Crear Empresa website is for a “single window” to allow the registration and activation of companies and businesses.
The main feature of the service is that the website is accessible to all persons, nationals and foreigners* looking to establish a business in Costa Rica.
The online process that allows the creation of a corporation, obtain a “personeria juridica” (a certificate required by banks and many institutions), legalization of company’s books and patentes, among other things, is made possibly by the use of a “Firma Digital” (Digital Signature).
The Digital Signature is combination of a card with a micro chip and software on the user’s computer, kind of a “cedula” for use online and avoid the lines at various government and non-govermental institutions.
The latest report is that more than 30.000 Costa Ricans and foreigners are using the digital signature.
*Foreigner must have a “residency cedula” to obtain the digital signature.