By law, mineral resources mined in Cambodia are banned from export. Only finished products are allowed for export, and these products must be originated from mineral resources mined in the concession area and manufactured or processed in plants local to Cambodia.

To be a concessionaire of any concession area, applicant must apply for and be granted mining license. There are various types of mining license, but two specific licenses that will be of concern to importer/exporter are: exploration license and industrial mining license, of which the former is prerequisite for application for the later.

However, before requesting for license from Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), applicant must register himself at the ministry, sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Geological Survey with MME, conduct feasibility study and have its reported approved by the ministry first.


This document shows the application process for Mining Business Registration Certification. This registration process may be done in parallel with the business registration process to be done at the Ministry of Commerce.

Place for submitting application

Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has no one Single Window. Applicant may go to the ministry’s administrative and general affair department for information relevant to various kinds of public service the ministry provides.

For all types of CLPs relevant to import of export of finished/processed mineral products, applicant would go directly to the Secretariat of General Department of Mines Resource which is the ministry’s technical agency in charge of issuing the certificate above. Applicant comes to the Secretariat to inquire about the service, get sample application forms, submit, pay fee, and collects the requested all types of authorization documents.


Address of the Secretariat of General Department of Mines Resource:


Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME)

Address: #79-89, St. 51., Sangkat Phsar Tmeiy 3, Khan Doun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: (855) 23 219574





Note 1

Applicant can get sample application form at the Secretariat of General Department of Mines Resource.

Note 2

Supporting Documents include:

  • Applicant Resume with photos, certified by competent authorities
  • Applicant’s identification documents such as ID Card or Passport
  • Company’s location documents, certified by local authority
  • Company's memorandum and articles of association
  • Documents issued by Ministry of Commerce


If applicant submits copied version of any supporting documents that is relevant to applicant’s identification including Business Registration Certificate and Tax Registration Certificate, it is normal requirement that these copied documents be certified by competent authorities first.

Note 3

Internal process starts from technical office inside the department and go through several consideration and approval process by relevant officers/offices in institutional hierarchy order.

During this internal process, applicant may be asked or advised (practically by phone call) by officer to provide further information and/or documents for the completeness of application.

This process would results in primary approval on the application and only then the Secretariat of General Department of Mines Resource may advise applicant about this primary approval and ask applicant to come to pay required service fee.

Note 4

Service fee in issuing the license is XXX.

Note 5

The registration certificate is valid for XXX years. Applicant may bring identification documents of himself and application filing receipt/payment receipt when he comes to collects the certificate. 

Certificate holder may now be able to request for approval from the MME to conduct the Feasibility Study and have its technical report approved by MME.