According to the Business Licensing Ordinance it is prohibited to establish and operate a business, to take over or to continue a business, without a license of the Minister of Economic Affairs. A business is defined as any organization involved in the trade of goods and/or services. Partners of a limited partnership, with the exception of the limited partnership itself, are required to operate a business according to this ordinance. An Aruban born Dutch national or a person nationalized as Dutch citizen in Aruba and who is 18 years or older, does not require a business license to act as managing partner of a limited partnership, according to this ordinance and the Business Licensing guidelines.
Request for a natural person to act as managing partner of a limited partnership
What to take with me?
The application form with an Awg. 4,00 stamp and the required documents (if applicable) mentioned in the guidelines.
What are the costs involved?
The fee for this license application is Awg. 400,00 for each managing partner subject to a license.
Pursuant to the regulation of fees DEACI the fees due have to be paid for processing the several license applications. By or on behalf of the director of the DEACI a statement will be issued regarding the amount of the fee.
Where to request? / More information at
The division Establishment of business - helpdesk, office no. 15. Tel. 521-2400 ext. 250 of the Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry.
How to request? / What must I do?
The application must contain the data of the managing partner(s) and natural person(s); the limited partnership, as well as of the to be established business (business activities, address etc.). Request can be submitted at the Helpdesk of the Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry.
What are the requirements?
To submit an application one must take into account aforementioned regulation and the applicable guidelines.
- Granting of a license according to the Business Licensing Ordinance does not imply automatic approval of other required licenses.
- According to the Regional development ordinance all business types are required to have an adequate place of business.
- The activities per location should as much as possible be related to one another.