A Recognition Notice is a certificate issued by the Authority whereby an authorisation issued by another Member State of the EU or the EEA, or a State which is deemed by the Authority to offer safeguards largely equivalent to those offered by Maltese law, is recognised as having the same effect as an authorisation issued by the Authority for the purpose of providing a gaming service or gaming supply in or from Malta.
Applicants may submit an electronic request through the Licensee Portal.
Issued Recognition Notice Certificates are valid for one year and require annual maintenance reviews. For further information in relation to the submission of Annual Maintenance applications, kindly refer to this link. The Authority may revoke any such recognition notice, and the recognition notice applicant shall be subject to administrative fees as per the fees schedule.
How to Apply
Applications for Recognition Notice certificates can be accessed from the Authority’s Licensee Portal, via the Recognition Notice Application.
The Application needs to be accompanied by the following documents:
- A certified true copy of the original Gaming Licence, and a certified translation in English (where applicable);
- Signed Entity Declaration form available from the Enclosures section of the Application and submitted to the Authority as a hard copy;
- List of Directors and the relevant Contact Details (Contact Number & E-mail Address);
- List of URLs/Domains through which the Gaming Service is offered to players (required only in case of B2Cs);
- Letter of good standing from the licence-issuing Authority
- A legal opinion provided by a warranted professional proficient in the relevant jurisdiction and the applicant’s operations covering the following requirements:
The territorial scope of the licence; meaning whether the licensed operations may be offered in jurisdictions other than that of the competent authority. Additionally, confirmation that the issuing foreign competent authority conducts compliance checks and whether such compliance checks are applicable to the entirety of the operation.
Should different compliance checks be applicable to different operations (e.g. game vertical/game type), a description of the respective checks should be included;
An assessment that the gaming services and/or critical gaming supplies which may be offered by virtue of the licence and in terms of the relevant jurisdictions’ framework, are equivalent to the respective licensable services established under Maltese Law*;
The scope of the gaming services and/or critical gaming supplies which may be offered by virtue of the same licence, including a non-generic description of the products which should be comparable to the descriptions of the relevant game types and verticals under Maltese law;Confirmation that all gaming services and/or critical gaming supplies offered by the licensee are covered by the stated licence; and
Confirmation that the AML/CFT framework of the licence-issuing country is applicable to the licensee, and that the licensee is duly bound to fulfil AML/CFT reporting requirements, complying with recognised EU AML Directives.
*Notwithstanding such assessment, the Authority reserves the right to confirm, or otherwise, the equivalence of the services being offered by virtue of the licence, to the respective licensable services established under Maltese Law.
The Annual Recognition Notice Fee is that of Eur 5,000, payable annually in advance.