Compliance procedures for Representative office license


(Last Updated On: October 27, 2021)
Compliance procedures for Representative office license

Compliance procedures for Representative office license

Although a representative office can enhance and support business development for parent company, easy to manage and able to keep investor away from many potential risks of violating local compliance procedures: no add valued tax, no corporate income tax, no accounting books, no financial statement, no independent audit required… but, in fact, there are many representative offices have endured serious fines due to misconduct of compliance procedures. VIVA would like to share some compliance procedures for foreign representative office license in Vietnam.


Other than cases be revoked such as:

  • Fail to come into operation for 1 year and fail to enter into transactions with licensing agencies.
  • Fail to submit the operation reports on the operation of the foreign representative office for 02 consecutive years.
  • Fail to submit annual reports to the licensing agency within 6 months from the deadline of submission or at the written request of the licensing agency.

Every office shall be eligible for the grant of extension of the license of the establishment of the representative office.

There are many reasons may trouble you to extend the license properly, and you should prepare at least 03 months in advance. It would take time to prepare for the papers and dossiers for the extension. Moreover, the officers will audit your previous operations, tax declaration and settlement and other condition before making decision on if your office license would be extended or not, a new effective period of representative office license will be 1 year or 5 years…

Read more: Extension of License for Establishment of Representative Office in Vietnam – Cases and Applications


When foreign traders or foreign representative offices operating in Vietnam change information, it is necessary to comply with some regulations of state agencies as follows:

Cases need to be notified:

Foreign traders must carry out procedures for adjusting license of representative office in the following cases:

  • Changing the name of the foreign trader.
  • Changing the address of the foreign business entity.
  • Changing the chief of the representative office.
  • Changing the name of the representative office.
  • Changing of operation contents of the representative office.
  • Changing of address of the representative office.

Dossier of license adjustment:

In case of change, the foreign trader shall prepare one (01) dossier set, including:

1/ Documents evidencing the change, specifically:
  • A copy of the legal document issued by a competent authority, proof of change of name or address of the foreign business establishment (if the name and address of the foreign business establishment entity are changed. To be certified or consular legalized by the Vietnamese diplomatic mission or consular office in the foreign countries according to the provisions of Vietnamese law).
  • Documents of the foreign trader appointing new chief of the representative office. Copy of passport (if being foreigners)/ ID card (if being Vietnamese) of the new chief of the representative office. Documents proving that the former chief of the representative office has fulfilled the personal income tax obligation by the time of change (if changing of the chief representative, the documents must be translated into Vietnamese and authenticated according to the provisions the law of Vietnam).
  • A copy of the lease agreement or a copy of the documents proving that the trader has the right to exploit and use the location for the head office of the representative office. a copy of the document on the location of the proposed representative office (if the address of an office is changed).
2/ The original license of the representative office:

* Handling violations:

Within 60 working days after the change of foreign traders, the procedures for modifying the representative office license must be carried out.

Depending on the seriousness of the breach, the offender shall be fined from 20,000,000 VND to 40,000,000 VND for acts of  “failing to carry out the procedures for amending, supplementing or re-granting of representative office establishment permits according”, in accordance with Decree 185/2013 / ND-CP dated 15 November 2013.



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