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Licenses, Permits & Contracts

Apply for Business Licensing of Printed Press

  • Fees- QR500,000
  • Last Updated 11 Jan, 2021
  • Service Type : E-Service
  • Service Mode : Online
  • Service Provider : Ministry of Culture
  • Service Classification : G2B
  • Topic : Business and Finance
Intended Audience
Visitor: Business Owner
Citizen: Business Owner


This service, provided by the Ministry of Culture and Sports (MCS), enables companies to submit a request online to apply for a license of newspaper, magazine or publication issued with the same name periodically at regular or irregular times comprising news, press reports and media and has a chief editor.

Online Instructions

  • Go to MCS e-portal, and enter your username and password if you were previously registered in the National Authentication System.
  • Select Request Business Licenses under Publications and Artistic Classifications Department - Licensing Section.
  • Choose the Facility Type, and the Activity “Press Printed Release”, and fill out its respective online application form.
  • Attach the following documents:
  • QID copy of the licensing owner, partners and responsible manager
  • Copy of commercial registration or trade name reservation certificate
  • Signature’s authorization proof certificate in case of applying as a representative or authorized signatory
  • Lease copy of the place where the activity is to be held
  • Bank guarantee for issuing printed press of QR3000 for daily newspaper and QR2000 for the others
  • Submit the application.


Daily Newspaper

  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR500,000
  • Renewal: QR50,000
Weekly Newspaper
  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR250,000
  • Renewal: QR25,000
Weekly Magazine
  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR50,000
  • Renewal: QR10,000
Half Monthly Magazine
  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR25,000
  • Renewal: QR10,000
Monthly Magazine
  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR15,000
  • Renewal: QR10,000
Seasonal Magazine
  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR10,000
  • Renewal: QR5,000
Yearly Magazine
  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR10,000
  • Renewal: QR5,000
Online Magazine
  • New Issue/ Re-Issue: QR25,000
  • Renewal: QR10,000

Additional Information

It takes 15 working days to obtain the license.

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