If you wish to start an economic activity as a sole trader or perform services in the form of self-employment, you should submit an application for entry in the Central Register and Information on Economic Activity (CEIDG).
How to proceed
This procedure can be completed:
- at an office
- by post
What you should know and who can use this service
The Central Register and Information on Economic Activity (CEIDG) is a business register with information on entrepreneurs running their own business as sole traders (self-employed) in Poland. If you wish to operate as a sole trader, you must register in CEIDG.
This register includes only entries on entrepreneurs who are:
What you have to know before applying for entry in CEIDG
In order to complete the registration quickly and without problems, prepare all the necessary data before filling in the application. In the CEIDG-1 form you need to state:
- name and surname, names of the parents, date and place of birth
- type, series and number of your identity document
- PESEL (Personal Identification Number) – if you are a citizen of Poland or if you have been assigned a PESEL number
- all your citizenships
- NIP number (tax identification no.) and REGON (statistical identification no.), if assigned
- your address of residence and other addresses related to the business activity you wish to register
- business name – it must include your name and surname
- the abbreviated business name
- PKD codes – provide the PKD codes relevant for your business activity
- number of employees you plan to employ
- the date of starting your business activity
- information on being insured with the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS) or in another country
- information on the tax office for your place of residence
Please note! If you do not have a PESEL number, please check the box: “I do not have a PESEL number”. If you already have your NIP (Tax Identification Number) and REGON (Business Identification Number), you may include them on the form. If you do not have them yet, the submitted form will be at the same time an application for assignment of a NIP and a REGON number. The NIP and REGON will be added automatically and you may find them using the CEIDG search engine once your company is registered.
When you should complete this procedure
Before starting business activity.
Where you can complete this procedure
You can complete this procedure at:
- city/town or commune (gmina) offices
- district offices of the capital city of Warsaw
- cities with poviat status
The application for entry in CEIDG may be submitted online. However, if you wish to handle this matter in person, visit any city/town or commune (gmina) office. At an office you can sign an electronic application which you have filled in on the CEIDG website, or you can submit the application on paper. In order to find the office closest to you, enter your city/town/village.
What to do step by step
How to submit the application for entry
Choose how to submit your application – you have 3 options
- Submit your application online without visiting the office
On the CEIDG website
It will be most convenient to submit the application for entry in CEIDG online. Click on the “Handle online” button which will redirect you to the CEIDG website. Create an account at the CEIDG website, fill in the CEIDG-1 form and sign it electronically through online banking, the Trusted Profile or with a secure electronic signature.
If you plan to be a VAT payer, attach a VAT-R registration/update form to your CEIDG-1 form to be submitted online. Sign your application and the VAT-R form with a qualified electronic signature or your Trusted Profile. Remember! The VAT-R form may be submitted only if you already have your NIP number.
Please note! If you choose to submit your application for entry in CEIDG online, you may not do it through an attorney-in-fact.
Via online banking
The application may be also submitted online through the website of one of the banks. Remember, however, that online banking gives you only the possibility of registering your business. Other matters, such as registration with ZUS or VAT registration, may be handled at an office or online through PUE ZUS or the Tax Portal.
Find out more about registering business through online banking.
- Fill in the application online and submit it at the office
If you do not want to sign the application electronically, you may fill in the application online on the CEIDG website and then sign it in person at the office. In order to fill in the application online you do not need to register on the CEIDG website – you may do this anonymously.
After filling in the application you do not need to print it out. Just remember the code (application number) that will appear on the CEIDG website once the application is filled in. You will need to give this code at the office. At the office a clerk will find your CEIDG online application using the code. The application will be printed out for you and once you sign it, the clerk will approve it in the system. Remember that the date of starting your business activity indicated in the application may not be earlier than the date of signing the application at the office. The address and contact data of your closest city/town or commune (gmina) office may be found here.
- Register your business over the phone
You may also fill in the application for entry to CEIDG over the phone. In order to do that, call the Help Centre (801 055 088 or 22 765 67 32). A consultant will help you fill in the application. After the call, you will receive an SMS with a code (application number). You will need to give this code at the office. The clerk will print out your application for you to sign. The address and contact data of your closest city/town or commune (gmina) office may be found here.
- Submit the application in person
You may also submit the application on paper at the office, where you will be given the appropriate form. If you wish to fill it in beforehand, you may download it from the CEIDG website, print it out, sign and submit at an office. The address and contact data of your closest city/town or commune (gmina) office may be found here.
The clerk will confirm the receipt of your application and enter the data from your application in the CEIDG system on the next day at the latest.
Please note! When submitting the application at the office, do not forget to have your identity document with you.
An application for entry to CEIDG may be also submitted by an attorney-in-fact, appointed under general rules. Find out more about the power of attorney to register business activity here.
- Submit the application by registered letter
The filled in application may be submitted by registered letter (if the application is sent by registered letter, it should bear the applicant’s hand-written signature certified by a notary).
You can submit a document as:
Before starting business activity.
The office will check your application
If the application submitted by you online is incorrect, the CEIDG ICT system will notify you about this.
If you submitted the application in person or by registered letter at the selected office and it was found incorrect, the office will immediately notify you and request that you correct or complete the data as specified – within 7 working days from such notification.
Your data will be entered in CEIDG
Your business will appear in CEIDG once your data are entered in CEIDG, and no later than on the next working day after submitting the application. You may start your business activity already on the day of submitting the application for entry to CEIDG!
CEIDG will send your data to the tax office which will assign you a NIP number and notify GUS (Main Statistical Office), ZUS (or KRUS) about the entry in CEIDG and the assigned NIP.
In order to download a certificate on the entry in CEIDG, find your entry in the database of entrepreneurs and choose Print / Download as PDF.
No later than on the next working day after the date of submitting the application for entry in CEIDG.
How much you will have to pay
Submitting the application for entry in CEIDG is FREE OF CHARGE! Be cautious of any offers of making the entry for a fee – they are commercial offers.
How long you will have to wait
The entry is made once the data are entered in CEIDG, and no later than on the next working day after the date of submitting the application for entry.
Good to know
Other duties upon registration of your business in CEIDG
When registering your business in CEIDG, you will automatically be registered with ZUS (as the payer of contributions) and with the tax office. You should report to a ZUS branch (as the insured) within 7 days of starting business activity.
If you plan to pay VAT, you need to register as a VAT payer no later than on the day preceding the day on which you start selling goods and services subject to VAT. The VAT-R form for VAT registration may be submitted to a relevant tax office or attached to the application for entry in CEIDG. Remember! The VAT-R form may be submitted only if you already have your NIP number.
If your business activity requires a concession, permit, license or a special authorisation, you need to register your business with a relevant register. Find out more about regulated business activity.
If you wish to learn more about how to complete other formal matters related to registration with ZUS or KRUS, a fiscal cash register or regulated business activity - go to the article “Additional obligations after registration”.
Your entry in CEIDG
Information on your business will be available in the database of entrepreneurs on the CEIDG website. You may easily access or modify your business information through the website (learn more about making changes in CEIDG). Anyone (e.g. a client or an office) may find your entry and thus you will not need a certificate to confirm your business is registered (find out more).
Civil law partnership
If you wish to register a civil law partnership, learn about additional obligations related to registration.