Corporate Registry Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a collection of some of the most commonly asked questions:

Who may request the formation of a Liberian entity?

• The Registry will accept formation instructions from any professional user of offshore entities (including ship managers, manning agents, ship owners, etc., as well as trust and company managers, lawyers, accountants, investment companies, etc.).
• In general, The LISCR Trust Company, as Registered Agent, is precluded by due diligence requirements from accepting instructions from individuals not engaged professionally in company management or acting as a professional advisor.
• Professional users are also able to register vessels under the Liberian Flag directly without the use of an intermediary.

Does my firm need to obtain a license to form and act on behalf of Liberian nonresident corporations?

• Unlike other jurisdictions, no license is required. All professional users of corporate entities are entitled to interact directly with the Registry.

What rules do I need to follow to act on behalf of a Liberian Corporation?

• The Registry only accepts instructions from a corporation’s Address of Record (AOR).
• The AOR is the corporation’s billing address and is the only address from which the Registry will accept documents for filing.
• An AOR must abide by the terms listed in the ‘Notice to the AOR’ (PDF Link) including maintaining KYC information. The Registry does not need copies of this information.

Does the corporation need to file the names of Directors, Officers and/or Shareholders?

• There is no requirement for a corporation to file the names of Directors, Officers or shareholders.
• Corporations may voluntarily file this information with the Registrar as part of its public record or privately record it with the Registered Agent.

Is there a requirement for resident (Liberian) Directors or Officers?

• There is no requirement that Directors, Officers or Shareholders be Liberian or resident in Liberia.
• Directors, Officers and Shareholders may be of any nationality and may be located anywhere in the world.
• Directors, Officers and Shareholders may be individuals or legal persons (corporations or other legal entities)

Does my firm need to maintain an office in Liberia?

• Professional users who want to incorporate a Liberian nonresident corporation (or other entity) or act as AOR for corporations may be located anywhere in the world.

Nonresident Liberian entities are required to have a registered address in Liberia. How is the requirement for a registered address in Liberia met?

• A registered address is provided automatically by The LISCR Trust company, the exclusive Registered Agent for nonresident Liberian corporations.
• The fee for the Registered Agent is included on the corporation’s annual fee invoice.

What service does the Registered Agent provide?

• The principal role of the Registered Agent is to provide a registered office address for receiving service of process or legal notices, on the entity’s behalf.
• The Registered Agent acts as a billing agent for the Government of Liberia.
• The LISCR Trust Company as Registered Agent is not involved in the internal activity of the corporations, does not provide secretarial services, drafting of documents or accounting services.
• These services can be provided by professional secretarial or fiduciary service providers, including Certified Service Providers.

Who can become a Certified Service Provider?

• All professional users are eligible to interact directly with the Registry.
• A few qualified service providers have been selected as Certified Service Providers. These providers have met the requirements of the program and are listed on our website’s Certified Service Provider page (Link) to enable users to more easily find a professional service provider that is familiar with Liberia.
• Active agents with expertise in fiduciary/secretarial services are welcome to apply to become a Certified Service Provider. Preference is given to those agents located in areas not currently represented.

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