Betting License

Online sports betting is considered a profitable business with a short payback period. Bookmakers that accept bets over the Internet must have a license for this type of activity, and not every country issues them. GamingLicensing will help you obtain a prestigious license from Malta or Curacao and start a legal betting business in the shortest time possible. Of course, the assistance of our experts will not eliminate the need to collect all documents required by those jurisdictions, but we are fully aware of all the pitfalls, and therefore you will not have to deal with bureaucratic procedures.


Getting a Malta betting license

Malta is a beautiful Mediterranean island state. The best time to visit it is autumn, when there is no sultry heat and the water temperature is still comfortable for swimming. However, to obtain a license, you will not have to fly—or sail by ferry from Sicily— to Malta at all, since we will take all the trouble. According to MGA (Malta Gaming Authority) rules, bookmaking activities require a B2C license. In order to get it, you must provide the following documents:

  • an application in English;
  • copies of company’s beneficial owners’ personal documents;
  • a brief description of your professional background, criminal record, corporate charter, business plan and some other documents.

 The license is issued for the duration of five years. Apart from paying for the registration of the company in Malta and the starting license fee, license holders are required to settle the so-called Gaming Tax set at 5% of the revenue. After receiving a registration fee and verifying the submitted documents, MGA makes a decision on issuing a betting license. Generally, the whole process takes about 6 months.

As a result, you will be issued a B2C license, which allows you to conduct betting activities in all countries where gambling is not prohibited and all EU member countries that do not have their own local gambling regulator

Getting a Curacao betting license

A company that is planning to receive sports bets via the Internet may also obtain a Curacao license, which is considered a convenient alternative to Malta’s one. With the Curacao betting license, one can enjoy a number of advantages:

  • almost every bank will willingly open you a Merchant Account for conducting transactions and players’ deposits/withdrawals;
  • sportsbook software providers freely cooperate with Curacao license holders;
  • Curacao’s corporate tax rate is very low, and so is the profit tax rate — set at only 2%. The license fees are also among the most affordable ones in the market of reputable gambling regulators.

In order to successfully get a license, you must meet several technical requirements, such as storing backup information about clients and transactions on Curacao’s soil (other databases may be physically located anywhere), getting your software certified by an audit company and having specific website sections (Terms and Conditions, Refund Policy, etc.) and a clickable icon confirming licensing.


Hopefully, a future sportsbook operator now has no doubts about the necessity of obtaining a license and working within the law. As of today, the best and the most cost-efficient option is obtaining approval documents from Malta or Curacao.


  1. What betting licenses can GamingLicensing help me obtain?

    GamingLicensing can help you get the prestigious Malta Gambling Authority license and the Curacao e-Gaming license. You won’t have to deal with annoying bureaucratic procedures — our experts will do that for you.

  2. What do I need for the Malta Gambling Authority betting license?

    To run a successful online betting site with a betting license from the Malta Gambling Authority, you need to obtain the so-called B2C license. To do that, you need to submit an application in English, the copies of your company’s beneficial owners’ personal documents, a brief description of your professional background, criminal record, corporate charter, business plan, and some other documents.

  3. What should I do to obtain the Curacao betting license and what are the advantages?

    In order to obtain the Curacao betting license, your servers need to be physically located in Curacao and your software needs to be certified by an auditing company. Also, you will need to have specific sections visibly displayed, such as Terms and Conditions and Refund Policy.

    Note that with the Curacao betting license, all banks will open merchant accounts for your transactions and players’ deposits and withdrawals. Also, all sportsbook software companies will cooperate with Curacao license holders. On top of that, doing business from Curacao means that you can benefit greatly from a lenient taxation policy. Namely, the income tax in Curacao is only up to 2%, while the license renewal cost is capped at 6% of total sales.

Igor Rumyantsev
Igor is the Head of Banking and Licensing Department at GamingLicensing who has over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is responsible for game and payment system integration, iGaming product licensing, and B2B certification. Igor is an expert in the gambling sector and game licensing. He keeps a close watch on industry trends and is always open to new ideas that can improve GamingLicensing’s services and help our clients.