Thai Business Expert got a interesting question from a foreigner who wants to set up a Thai limited company, but cannot come to Thailand at the moment.
Hi, I am busy with my business outside Thailand and cannot come to sign the application form to register my Thai company any time soon. However, i need to set up this new Thai limited company very quickly, what should I do?
We can send the forms to register a Thai limited company to you where you are. However if the forms to register a Thai limited company are signed outside Thailand, the registrar only accepts the signed forms that were certified by the Thai embassy or consul in the country where the documents were signed. And the Thai embassy will only certify the documents that have been notarized by the notary public of that country.
Here is the Ministerial Regulations regarding Establishing the Partnership and Company Register Office, Appointing the Registrars and Prescribing Rules and Procedures for Partnership and Limited Company Registration B.E. 2549 (2006). Clause 6 specifies clearly how the forms to register a Thai company should be signed as follows:
Clause 6. In signing an application for registration, the registrant shall sign in person before the Registrar.
Where it is not possible to sign before the Registrar for any reason, the signature on an application for registration shall be deemed proper when the registrant signs in person before any of the following persons:
(1) In case of signing within the Kingdom:
(a) Administrative official or senior police officer stationed in the locality of the registrant’s domicile;
(b) Ordinary member or extraordinary member of the Thai Bar Association; or
(c) Other persons as prescribed and announced by the Central Registrar.
(2) In case of signing abroad:
(a) Authorized officer of the Thai embassy or Thai consul or chief of an office attached to the Ministry of Commerce who is in charge in that country, or an official authorized to act on behalf of that person;
(b) A person who can provide valid certification in the form of the laws of that country; or
(c) Two reliable persons who sign as certification before the Registrar that it is the true signature of that person.
Note that in practice the only way that is acceptable to the registrar is the forms that were certified by the Thai embassy or consul in the country where the documents were signed. And the Thai embassy will only certify the documents that have been notarized by the notary public of that country.
Contact MSNA for Thai company registration services.