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A registered office address is a company’s official address that is used for all correspondence from government agencies such as Companies House and HMRC. It is a mandatory legal requirement for all companies in the United Kingdom.
This address must be a physical postal address, not just a PO Box number. The company’s address will be placed on the public record and must be displayed on all company stationery and websites.
The registered office address does not have to be where the business actually operates. Still, it is essential to keep the registered address up-to-date with Companies House to remain valid.
Learn more: What is a Registered Office Address?
You may choose as a Registered Office Address either:
All UK companies are required by law to have an official registered office address which is available on public record. If you purchase this service from us, it will cover the use of our address for official government mail only (from Companies House, HMRC, Government Gateway etc.).
The company’s directors, secretaries, shareholders, PSCs (Persons with Significant Control) and LLP members must provide a Service Address. It is an official address for individuals which is available on public record. The purchase of this service from us will cover the use of our address for official government mail only (from Companies House, HMRC, Government Gateway etc.).
This service is not a legal requirement but may be needed if you wish to use our address to receive non-governmental general business post (from banks, suppliers, customers etc.). If you purchase this service from us, we will forward all of your general business post to an address of your choice; otherwise such correspondence will be returned to the sender.
The law allows the use of a director’s or member’s home address as the Registered Office Address of the company or partnership as long as it is within the UK. A private residential address can therefore be used both as the legally registered office address of the company and as an address through which paper correspondence is received.
This means, however, that your home address will be shown on the public register at Companies House and will be freely and openly accessible to any third party. For this reason, using one’s residential address is not appropriate for business owners or managers who need greater privacy or confidentiality.
Therefore, it is common practice to use a separate address as the company’s registered address. This may be provided to a business by a third party, e.g. a company formation agency, to ensure that the business owners’ and/or managers’ home addresses are not publicly accessible.
The short answer is NO; you cannot use our address services for VAT registration.
It is not permitted to use our address services, such as Registered Office or Business Postal Address, to register for Value Added Tax. When you register for VAT in the United Kingdom, you must disclose the actual location of your business.
It must be a physical residential or commercial address at which HMRC can access your company’s VAT records to verify their accuracy. Please get in touch with your accountant or HMRC for more information on “when to register” for VAT.
Yes, you can use this address for your company's registered office. But, if you rent your home, you might need permission from your landlord, housing provider, or local authority first.
You should check your tenancy agreement to ensure that having a registered office at the property does not violate its terms and conditions.
Your official government mail will be scanned and e-mailed to you on the day that we receive it.
We aim to post all general business mail to your chosen forwarding address on the day we receive it.
The annual renewal of your address service – or services – is automatic, relieving you of any concern.
Thirty days before the end date a reminder will be e-mailed to you. There is nothing you need to do, however, since the renewal fee will automatically be debited using the card details that we hold for you.
You may, however, choose to cancel any such renewal for any address service that you use. This may be done at any time through your account on our website. Alternatively, you may get in touch, and we will cancel it for you as you instruct us.
An RP07 form (Application to change a company's disputed registered office address) is filed with Companies House when an address is used as a company’s registered office address without any authority to do so. Once this has been filed, Companies House will remove the unpermitted address as a registered office and put their default Cardiff address in its place. Once filed, only a paper AD01 form can be used to update the registered office address.
In most cases, after the RP07 has been filed, you can purchase our address services, but we suggest that you contact our customer services team beforehand, who will advise you accordingly.
Yes, you can change the address of your registered office at any time after setting up a company. Still, it must always remain in the same region or jurisdiction where the company is registered, i.e. England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
To change a registered office, the company directors need to approve the change. Companies House Form AD01 (for companies) or Form LLAD01 (for LLPs) must then be completed and delivered to Companies House. You can submit your changes free of charge via our Online Customer Portal.
A virtual company address is an address that can be used for business purposes but is not a physical location. Virtual addresses can be used to register a company or manage correspondence. It can help give your business a more professional image and make it more convenient for customers and clients to reach you.
Uniwide Formations provides three types of virtual address services in London, described on this website in detail: Registered Office Address, Service Address for company officers, and Company Business Postal Address.
For an existing company
If you are an existing customer who formed your company through Uniwide Formations then you should sign in your account. If you are a new customer then you will first need to create an account on our website and then import your company.
What to do next:
For a new company
Add this to your formation package.
Once you have chosen your company name and package you will be presented with a list of available services, including address services, bank accounts and other products.
Simply select the options needed and proceed to the checkout.
As a company formation agent we must follow “Know Your Customer” (KYC) requirements and obtain our customers’ proof of identity and address.
If you are a UK resident and open a limited company, we will use the information from your company order form to check your ID and address. In 90% of cases our customers successfully pass our digital ID checks.
If you are not eligible for our digital ID check, or for some reason you do not at first pass our digital ID check, then we will e-mail you a special request that you provide the necessary information and documents. For more information, see our ID requirements.
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