If you would like to form a company in the United Kingdom or use our registered office address and other services, then we must undertake proper measures to identify our customers. As a company formation agency we must follow Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and “Know Your Customer” (KYC) requirements and obtain proof of our customers’ identities and addresses.
If you are a UK resident then we will perform a digital check of your ID and address using the information that you have provided in your company order form. In 90% of cases our customers pass our digital ID checks successfully. Even if you do not immediately pass our digital checks we can nearly always resolve the matter for you by other means.
If you are not eligible for our digital ID check or do not pass our digital ID check, we will send you an e-mail asking you to provide the necessary information and documents. This mostly applies to non-UK residents.
Identification and proof of address should be provided by:
There are 2 ways to complete our ID verifications checks.
CREDAS is a mobile App that allows us to check digitally and verify your proof of ID in just 5 minutes. In a small number of cases where checks are more expensive to carry out, we may ask you to pay an extra admin fee to complete your ID verification via the App.
How it works:
For instructions on how to use the CREDAS App, please see the User Guide.
This option is available only for those professionals, such as solicitors and accountants, who are regulated in the UK in accordance with UK anti-money laundering regulations. You may provide us with duly certified copies of your client's original documents:
Documents must be certified by one of the following institutions or persons, who should not be a friend or a relative:
Each certified document must have the following statement written on it: "Certified as a true and accurate representation of the original seen by me" (the word "me" referring to the person who certifies the document).
The certifying person must date the certification, print their name, address, and occupation on the documents, and provide their handwritten signature.
Certified documents may be supplied via e-mail or post.
All documents should either be in English or else accompanied by an English translation by an Official Sworn Translator. We recommend using this online service: https://translayte.com/orders/create (the "Certified Translation" option must be used).
HM Treasury publishes and regularly updates the UK’s list of high-risk jurisdictions. Subject to our risk assessment policy, Uniwide Formations may not accept customers from high-risk jurisdictions. If you reside or are incorporated in any of these countries, please consult with our staff before placing an order through our website. You will need to inform us about your country of residence and your country of citizenship.
Yes, you can register a company for someone else under certain conditions. When registering a company, it is required to provide identification for the account holder (the one actually forming the company) and all company directors and PSCs (persons with significant control).
Special rules apply to “regulated” customers, i.e. solicitors, accountants, etc., who can easily register companies for third parties, i.e. their own customers, using our platform.
If you are a person or organisation supervised by a relevant authority or a member of an appropriate professional body, then you must follow the UK Anti-Money Laundering (AML) requirements. We may then rely on you to do the necessary checks.
Proof of ID
At least one of the following documents, which must be current and valid:
Proof of address
You must provide at least one of the following documents, which must show both your name and address.
These must be dated within the three months prior to our receipt of them:
The following documents must be dated as specified:
If you are not eligible for our digital ID check, or you do not pass our digital ID check, then we cannot proceed with your order unless you supply the requested documents and information.
We would therefore appreciate it if you could respond to our compliance request (if any) at your earliest convenience.
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