Latvia is one of the countries that adopted the EU Directive of 2009, which defines the rules for the operation of e-money issuers and payment systems. The country has a Law on payment services, according to which electronic money can be stored on servers of payment systems or on smart cards. If the turnover of the issuer is limited to 2 million euros per year, a small license of the payment system in Latvia is executed with a simplified procedure and a lower duty.
To obtain it, it is enough to register the company and provide to the FKTK Commission an information about:
It should be taken into account that, from the point of the authorities view, all activities carried out by the electronic money issuer refer to services provided at the territory of the country. At the same time, it is possible to work unhindered with foreign agents, due to the country is a part of the EU.
If an entrepreneur wants to do a more large-scale business, it is necessary to obtain a separate permit from FKTK, a fee for which is almost twice as high as for a "small" one. A full license of electronic money in Latvia is issued under more "hard" terms.
A payment license of Latvia is issued to companies registered in the country, which authorized capital is at least 350 000 euros. In accordance with the EU Directive of 2009, it is necessary to take care of an availability of real office, the legal address of the company, a management from the number of local residents who have sufficient qualifications for electronic money issuing and providing the related services. It is recommended to register a company with FKTK, to resolve issues with financial and firmware, and then file the documents for licensing. For the companies already "known" to the Commission, the procedure, as a rule, is simpler.
To get permission to do a full-fledged e-money business in Latvia, it is required to fulfill the basic requirements:
The Commission reserves the right to request other documents. A consideration of applications for EMI receiving in Latvia will takes from one month. A license package preparation will take at least one and a half months. Cooperating with "Prifinance" it will be possible to speed up the procedures.
We will simplify the license receiving to the customer in the best possible way. "Prifinance" will take care on starting of your work observing all requirements of the Latvian and international legislation in the field of electronic money emission and profile services.