An application consisting of numerous documents must be submitted to the Commercial Registration Department of the Ministry of Commerce. Preliminary applications can be submitted via email. Once the Registrar agrees the application is complete and accurate the approved application can be printed, signed by partners and directors, and submitted to the Central Business Registration Section of the Commercial Registration Department. (The Thailand Ministry of Commerce requires many documents to be filed when registering a company. It should be noted that the bureaucratic process in Thailand is very thorough and requires a great deal of documentation.
Processing times vary depending upon the type of business and the specific requirements necessary for each. In general, if no documents are returned and no additional documentation is required by the Ministry of Commerce the process can take as little as 30 days. Realistically however, the process involves coordinating the preparation of documents from at least seven shareholders, the company directors, and other individuals involved. Also the documents may not be submitted at one time, but have to be submitted in three stages. As a result, most company registrations take longer than 30 days.