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Bhutan - Obtain Retail Trade License

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  1. Submit the completed application form for retail and wholesale trade (Form II) with a legal stamp affixed to it.
  2. The applicant must also submit, two recent passport sized photographs of the applicant. If the application is for a partnership license all partners must submit their photographs.
  3. The applicant(s) (sole proprietorship or partnership) must also present their original citizenship identity card at the CC/RTIO representative when applying for the retail trade license.
  4. The applicant(s) should have valid security clearance while applying for retail trade license. It will be verified by the CC operator or RTIO online using the citizenship identity card of the applicant(s).


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • Two copies of the recent passport sized photographs of the owner or in the case of a partnership license, the photographs of all the partners must be submitted.
  • Original citizenship identity card
  • Security Clearance Certificate

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Economic Affairs
Department of Trade
P.O. Box 141
Thimphu Bhutan
Phone: +975-2-322407/325588
Fax: +975-2-327827
E-mail: [email protected]

Department of Industry
Director: 02-325323
PA to Director: 02-323597

MOEA Website


Citizens of Bhutan, aged 18 and above.


  • Large Scale: Nu. 10,100
  • Medium Scale: Nu. 5,100
  • Small Scale: Nu. 3,100

The applicant must also pay for printing, scanning or photography charges if the service is availed from CC.


Retail Trade Licenses are valid for a period of one year.

Documents to Use[edit]

Application Form for Retail Licence Issuance

Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

It will take about one working day for your application to be processed, as long you have submitted all the required documents.

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Submit your applications to obtain a retail trade license at the Regional Trade and Industry Offices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs or any Community Center under its jurisdiction.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name
  • Citizenship ID No
  • Security Clearance Certificate No.
  • Mobile No
  • Email
  • List of Major Activities
  • Scale of the business
  • Location

Need for the Document[edit]

Being in retail business involves selling goods and services. A retailer purchases goods or products in bulks from manufacturers directly or through a wholesaler, and then sells them in smaller quantities to the consumer for a profit.

Laws of Bhutan requires a retailer to obtain a retail trade license first, before he/she can begin operating the business.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • Citizens Services Website of Bhutan:


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