A natural person who wishes to start an economic activity, submits an application for entry in the Central Register and Information on Economic Activity (CEIDG). The application shall be submitted by filling in and sending the signed CEIDG-1 form.
The application may be submitted electronically or through the municipal authority (in paper form).
The submission of the application for entry in the CEIDG by electronic means
Access with authorisation
CEIDG-1 form which is to be submitted electronically is available at www.firma.gov.pl.
The application for entry in the CEIDG must be signed using:
- electronic signature verified by means of a qualified certificate
- signature certified by ePUAP Trusted Profile (free of charge).
More information on this topic can be found in the section Electronic signature and trusted profile.
The future entrepreneur shall complete the form on the website www.firma.gov.pl and sign it by an electronic signature or Trusted Profile.
On www.firma.gov.pl you can also create an account holding basic user data, which will accelerate the processing of application (it will be completed on the basis of information provided earlier in order to create an account).
CEIDG-1 application may be filled by completing the fields by yourself or with the assistance of the wizard, which through a step-by-step guide and guiding questions helps to supplement subsequent fields.
An entry in the register of economic activity is effective as soon as the data is entered in the CEIDG, not later than the working day following receipt of the application in the CEIDG.
Entry in the CEIDG is made if the application is correct and if it was submitted by an authorised person.
The CEIDG system sends to applicant's e-mail confirmation of submission of application.
The data of entrepreneur will be visible on the CEIDG at the latest three working days from the registration.
The lodging of the application for entry in the CEIDG at the municipal office
Person who establishes economic activity may fill in an application for entry in the CEIDG in paper version, using the appropriate form (taken from www.firma.gov.pl), sign it and bring it personally to the municipal authority. The municipality employee confirms receipt of the application. Then an application is turned into in the form of an electronic document, signed by an electronic signature or ePUAP trusted profile (or use other forms of signature allowing to identify the person making the request and the time of its submission) and sent to the CEIDG no later than on the day following the receipt of thereof. An entry is made at the time of inclusion of data in the CEIDG.
Since the municipal authority is obliged to confirm the identity of an entrepreneurr, it is necessary to take with you identity card or any other document confirming identity.
In this way the application for entry in the CEIDG may also be submitted by a representative established on a general basis.
Sending by registered mail
Completed CEIDG-1 application form may be sent by registered mail ( in case an application was sent by registered mail, it should bear the handwritten signature of the applicant certified by a notary). The municipal authority turns the application into the form of an electronic document, signs it by an electronic signature or ePUAP trusted profile (or uses other forms of signature in order to identify the person making the request and the time of its submission) and sends to the CEIDG no later than on the day following receipt of thereof. An entry is made at the time of inclusion of data in the CEIDG.
The entrepreneur may start economic activity on the day of submission of application for entry in the CEIDG.
Registration in the Tax Office and the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS)
When an entrepreneur becomes a VAT taxable person at the latest on the day before the day of launching the sale of goods or the provision of services subject to VAT he/she must submit the VAT-R application form in the tax office. From 1 January 2012, an entrepreneur may attach to the the application for entry and amendment of the entry in the CEIDG, an application for registration or update referred to in the provisions on the taxation of goods and services (VAT-R form). More can be found in the guide I register as a VAT payer.
Within seven days of the date of the start of the activities you should register for insurance in the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS). Here you will find more information on this subject.
If you want to set up a civil partnership, find out more about additional obligations connected with registration.