• Welcome

    Simple, quick and secure: complete your administrative formalities online via the guichet-entreprises.fr service. Your first visit to guichet-entreprises.fr Guichet-entreprises.fr is …

  • Planning to start your own business?

    Choosing the legal status for your business, protecting your business name, finding out what help is available from the state…

  • Micro-entrepreneur

    All the practical information you need to launch your activity as a micro-entrepreneur.

  • Online formalities

    Complete all the administrative formalities to register (whichever legal status you have chosen), modify or close your business.

A one stop shop to create your business

The guichet-entreprises.fr online service encourages business creation in France by enabling anyone to complete the formalities necessary to create their activity (registration, applications for licences or permits, etc) all in one place and online. This is the official government website for creating, modifying or closing your business activity, set up by the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance.

Making administrative formalities easier means encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in France.


Businesses were created in 2017 in France, 7% more than in 2016 (INSEE).


Applications passed on to the CFEs (centres for business formalities) in 2017 via guichet-entreprises.fr.


Online fact sheets provide full information about regulated business activities in France.


More than 2,000 different types of state aid and support are available to help with creating or growing your business.

Ready to start?

Guichet-entreprises.fr simplifies your administrative formalities by offering clear information and a personalised pathway.

The service records and then transfers the information you provide to the appropriate centre for business formalities (CCI, CMA – chamber of trades and artisans, Urssaf, Greffiers des Tribunaux de Commerce – clerks of the commercial courts, Chamber of Agriculture or the National Chamber of Inland Water Transport). All the authorities involved in business creation – the department responsible for business and company tax, Urssaf, INSEE, etc – are informed by the CFE. You will then receive your Siren number (business identification number), APE (business sector) code, VAT number etc.

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Why choose guichet-entreprises.fr?

This online service has been designed to make it easier for you to create your business. All you need to do is answer the questions concerning your future business, attach the necessary supporting documents and pay any fees that may be required. Your file is then automatically sent directly to the appropriate authority for processing.

Personal area

Create and manage your application via the website, save it and come back to complete it later…

Secure service

Complete all the necessary formalities online via a secure platform, from your own home or office!

Online payment

When registering with the RCS (Registre du Commerce et des Sociétés – register of commerce and companies) or RM (Répertoire …

The partners involved

The CFE (centre for business formalities), INSEE, business and company tax department, Urssaf…

Become an entrepreneur in France and in Europe

You are a citizen of a European Union or European Economic Area country?

We encourage business creation and professional mobility within France and throughout Europe.

Guichet-entreprises.fr is the official single contact point for business creation and a member of the EUGO network set up by the European Commission. It provides all the information you need about the conditions applicable to your business if your activity involves a regulated service. And if you need official recognition of your professional qualification, guichet-qualifications.fr is the website to visit!

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