How to obtain a betting license? Submitting documents and getting your permit

How much does it cost to get a sports betting license? This is an important question for every entrepreneur planning to launch a sportsbook. This type of gambling is considered highly lucrative as betting on sports is allowed in many countries around the world. Having an official license allows you to expand your business and strengthen your position in the international market. If a company has a permit from one of the leading global jurisdictions (Malta, Curacao), players can be sure that they can safely visit its website and make bets on sports and other events.

GamingLicensing will help you obtain a reputable license and start a legal betting business in your country. Our experts will deal with the paperwork and advise you on how to avoid all the pitfalls. We take care of preparing, translating and submitting the documents—all you have to do is just wait for the approval.


The most popular betting licenses and their requirements

Every jurisdiction has its own requirements for applicants. Below are the general licensing conditions; for the most complete and up-to-date information please contact our managers (there is no need to visit our offices, the consultation is available via phone or online).

Obtaining a Curacao betting license

The Curacao license is one of the most common licenses in the gambling industry. As of today, more than 70% of all operators around the world work under the Curacao license. For the island state, selling licenses is an essential way of filling the treasury. If your company plans to accept bets over the Internet, this permit will be a great choice. Curacao-licensed betting sites enjoy a number of advantages:

  • Simplified process of opening a Merchant Account for processing payments;
  • Minimal documentation required. In order to get a Curacao betting license, you only have to submit the information about your company’s founders, its financial standing and revenue. Other requirements include storing backup information about clients and transactions on Curacao’s soil, 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.
  • Software providers happily cooperate with Curacao license holders. Moreover, the licensing commission is very tolerant to gambling companies, even to those who use beta versions of software.
  • The corporate tax rate is only 2%. Compared to other jurisdictions, license fees in Curacao are among the lowest.
  • And most importantly, only in Curacao you get one license for all types of gambling activities. The country does not divide its licenses into different categories, and after getting a permit for operating a betting platform, you can then open a poker room or a full-fledged online casino.


Curacao is located in the south of the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Venezuela. From a formal standpoint, the island belongs to the Netherlands, but in practice, it has its own legal jurisdiction. This offshore zone is considered a prestigious place to run a gambling business.

Our lawyers will make a detailed legal analysis of your sportsbook, help you register it in Curacao and complete all the necessary procedures.

Obtaining a Malta betting license

Malta is a highly respected jurisdiction and getting its license can significantly enhance your reputation in the online gambling industry. In order to run a sports betting business in Malta, you have to apply for a Class 2 license. The licensing process takes about 4-6 months.

The requirements for this permit are more strict than for the Curacao one. However, the Maltese license carries more weight among bookmakers and always instills confidence in players. You will not have to fly to Malta to obtain a license, as we will take care of preparing and submitting the necessary documentation. According to the rules imposed by the Malta Gaming Authority, to get the B2C license, you must submit:

  • An application in English;
  • Copies of company’s beneficial owners’ personal documents;
  • A certificate of no criminal record;
  • A detailed business plan;
  • A corporate charter;
  • A description of your company’s activities.

The sports betting license is issued for a period 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, the MGA makes a decision on issuing a betting license. Generally, the whole process takes about 5-6 months.

The main advantages of the Maltese jurisdiction include:

  • A great reputation among both operators and players;
  • A favorable tax climate for businesses;
  • Easy credit and debit cards payment processing;
  • Betting businesses are well-protected by the state.
With the help of GamingLicensing, you can obtain a B2C Malta license which will allow you to conduct gambling activities in countries where it is legal, and in those EU countries that do not have their own regulators.


Hopefully, a future sportsbook operator now has no doubts about the necessity of obtaining a license and working within the law. As of 2022, the best and the most cost-efficient option is obtaining approval documents from Malta or Curacao. GamingLicensing will assist you in getting a reputable betting license without any delays or paperwork. To find out the exact cost, please contact our consultants.

Feel free to reach out and ask us any questions about obtaining a license for online casinos, betting shops and poker rooms!

Dec 30, 2021