Our professionals are leaders in the industry thanks to many years of experience in assisting clients with obtaining and maintaining a Curaçao online gaming license. Curaçao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is the center of offshore business and online gambling licensing. We can assist you with the online gaming license application process as well as the activities required to comply with all the terms & conditions of the gambling license regulator. An important factor in our services is that we do the utmost to keep your Curaçao gaming license cost-efficient and compliant.
Benefits of Curaçao gambling license
Since the government of Curaçao developed the legal framework for gambling and began licensing companies in 1996, the jurisdiction has established itself as one of the most sought-after countries for gambling. Let us share the most important advantages the Curaçao online casino license offers.
Short pick-up process
There is no single term for obtaining a Curaçao online gaming license. The period for its obtaining takes from 4 to 8 weeks, but on average, in 6 weeks, a client becomes a license holder.
Favorable tax rates in Curacao
Most international operators that hold other licenses are heavily taxed. The tax is levied on the net profit from games played (bets from which payouts are deducted), as well as on the profit of the company, minus expenses. With a Curaçao gambling license, only a 2% company income tax is applied.
Wide range of online gaming activities
The Curaçao e-gaming license allows all electronic gambling operations, including sports betting, casino and table games, bingo, online poker and lotto. In addition, there is also a single license application for software providers, affiliates, platform operators, etc.
Profitable price for the gaming, betting industry
The online casino license that Curaçao offers is now cheaper than other licenses, namely €21,900 + 6% tax. Next to that, the cost of a sub-license in Curaçao is usually lower than in other jurisdictions.
Important: In 2022, Curaçao began to revise too-lenient licensing conditions. After an agreement with the Dutch government in late 2023 or early 2024, gambling license fees could approximately double (€4,000 per application) plus an additional €12,000 per year after the application is approved. There is an additional fee of €250 per month for each URL.
Simple procedure for obtaining
The procedure for obtaining a casino and gambling license in Curaçao is quite simple. The client is not obligated to be personally present and the package of documents required to obtain a Curaçao gaming license is limited to a minimum.
Optimal solution for gambling startups
The Curaçao gaming license will be the right solution for startups that are just groping their way into the iGaming industry. The newly formed company will be able to test the concept, build a user base, and explore the online gambling industry without a tangible capital investment. In addition, this company will be able to diversify into different market segments on favorable terms.
The Curaçao Gaming Control Board (CGCB) is the regulatory authority for all gambling and gaming companies registered on Curaçao. As a part of its role, the CGCB supervises all gaming companies for compliance with regulations.
The infrastructure for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) on Curaçao finds its legal basis in the National Ordinance on Identification when rendering services (LID) and the National Ordinance on the reporting of unusual transactions (LMOT).
Information about the availability of a license is posted on official websites in the gambling and betting Curaçao licensee register.
CGCB requirements within Curaçao online gaming regulations are:
- Acquiring a gambling license for operation of the business;
- Acceptance of players from those countries and geographic regions where online gambling is allowed by law;
- Acceptance strictly adult players (the minimum age is 18) and players who have reached the age specified by the jurisdiction of the player’s place of residence as eligible for online gaming;
- Offer Assistance for problem gamblers;
- Identification when rendering gambling services;
- Reporting of unusual transactions.
The requirements for obtaining a Curaçao gaming license
The requirements for obtaining a Curaçao gaming license are developed by the local regulators and include the following items:
- For applicants to register a Curaçao casino and betting license, each applicant must be registered as a legal entity in the VTP (Chamber of Foreign Trade);
- At least one of the founders of betting or gambling company must be a resident of the Netherlands Antilles;
- The company’s activities must comply with the requirements of identification and legal expertise;
- It is necessary to provide an extensive explanation of each casino game separately (by whom it was developed, for whom, the plot of the game, etc.);
- The company’s (physical) servers must be located on the territory of Curacao;
- It is necessary to provide data that each player who has deposited money is supported;
- Casino software, like any gaming equipment, must be audited of which evidence must be submitted to the jurisdiction;
- Software certification must include an RNG certificate;
- The jurisdiction of Curaçao denies betting or gambling licensing to minor citizens of all countries (they must be at least 18 years old).
It should also be noted that if the business owner has already applied for licensing the gambling business, the jurisdiction is ready to help with advice.
Required documents for obtaining a Curaçao gambling license:
- Original utility bill (not older than 3 months);
- Copy of passport;
- Original certificate of no criminal record;
- Original Bank recommendation;
- Expert recommendation letter;
- Copy of second ID.
How to Get a Curaçao License: What we can do for you
To obtain a Curaçao gambling license, it is mandatory to establish a local company with limited liability (B.V. or N.V.). The company name must be in Latin transcription and a local agent has to be appointed. Next to that, the company must have a legal address in Curacao in the e-zone and be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. We will assist you with the registration of your company engaged in betting and casino activities, and also advise you on what to do to successfully register a Curacao license.
The legal framework provides for the possibility of obtaining permits of two types.
A master license allows the holder to run electronic games and sell sub-licenses to other parties. Master licenses are issued only at the discretion of the Minister of Justice, and it is almost impossible to obtain a master license in Curaçao at the moment. Since 1996, only 4 holders of masterlicenses remain: Cyberluck Curacao N.V., Curacao Interactive Licensing N.V., Gaming Curacao, Antillephone N.V.. The master license is issued once every 5 years.
A sublicence that can be issued by the holder of a master license. It offers the same rights to legally operate online gambling, but the sub-licensee cannot sell additional sublicenses to third parties. The sublicense is valid indefinitely.
While you focus on getting your business ready for launch, we take care of the e-gaming license application process after your company has been incorporated. Our work process is smooth and efficient so that your business can be up and running in no time.
Documentation for regulators
In addition to getting a gaming license, compliance with the financial and tax authorities is required to keep your casino and betting business in good standing. Our experts will take that task off your hands, while you focus on providing your customers with the best gambling experience.
We have established procedures in place to monitor your transactions and detect any irregularities, so that action can be taken fast and effectively.
Don’t know which software provider to use? he best entity formation type for your company to start with? Let Allyant Group take care of it all. Our team has extensive and specialized knowledge of the online gaming industry. Within our portfolio, we work with the best service providers and can recommend the perfectmatch for your casino and betting business.
Therefore we can provide all the necessary compliance procedures and documentation needed for Curaçao regulators so that your company maintains not only good standing but also an impeccable reputation.
Our stakeholder relationships:
We pride ourselves in maintaining excellent relationships with all gaming, online gambling and e-gaming stakeholders and all regulatory organizations within the online gaming industry.Networking at corporate events, attending yearly seminars by the regulators or updating our knowledge base regularly, it is all of great importance to us. We are here to represent your company at the highest capacity, taking on the responsibilities of gaming license register.
Our network helps you increase your net worth:
Whether you need a software provider, a payment service provider, marketing services or a testing laboratory, our relationship portfolio has the best in the industry. As your sparring partner, we can provide valuable referrals and recommend the best solution for your gambling business and target market. Save tremendously on the hours of research and get your business up and running faster by relying on the relationships that have and continue to build, to benefit you.
Local and international:
Based on an assessment of your vision, your target market and your business activities, we can recommend solutions that fit your gambling business best. In case an international company structure is needed to comply with payment service providers or with any other business needs, our international team can assist you with the same level of speed, cost efficiency, reliability and excellence.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can you assist with licensing?
Yes, our team of experts can take the complete process of licensing off your hands.
What is the licensing process in Curaçao?
The first step to register a Curaçao license is submitting an application. The client must then provide a detailed report on clause 7 of the license for intellectual property for online games, as well as a report on compliance with the conditions. The next step is to fill out the IP application form together with a package of documents, make the payment, and after about 6 weeks the client receives either a license or a checklist of improvements for receiving it.
What if my business needs to be registered outside of Curaçao?
Based on an assessment of your vision, your target market and your business activities, we can recommend solutions that fit your betting and casino business best. In case an international company structure is needed to comply with payment service providers or with any other business needs, our international team can assist you with the same level of speed, cost efficiency, reliability and excellence.
How much does a Curaçao license cost?
At the moment, the cost of a Curaçao gambling license for all types of gambling ranges between €4,500 to €12,500 per year. But in the near future (either the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024), it is planned to increase the cost of the Curacao online gaming license in agreement with the government of the Netherlands. For example, the application fee will be €4,000 and another €12,000 annually as a license fee.
How long does it take to get a Curaçao gambling license?
After submitting an application, it takes about 6 weeks before clients either receive a license or a list of improvements to obtain the license.
Who issues Curaçao sub-licenses?
Sub-licenses are issued by owners of masterlicenses. At the moment, getting a master license is almost impossible. They are issued by the Minister of Justice, and since 1996, only 4 holders of master licenses have remained in Curacao: Cyberluck Curacao N.V., Curacao Interactive Licensing N.V., Gaming Curacao, Antillephone NV.