The registered office: frequently asked questions
September 27, 2016
The registered office is the official address of a limited company at Companies House (the UK’s registrar of companies). We often receive many questions about international company formation and foreign bank account; and among them questions about the registration address are the most popular. So, we decided to combine frequently asked questions about the registered office in one article.
Can I use my residential address as the registered office of my company?
No, you can’t. Many people wish to use their home address as the registered office, and many people do it because they do not understand the difference and do not know how to use it correctly. Any address in the UK can be used as registered address if this address entered in the UK public register. This register means that you have a permission to use the registered address. Now you see that home address and registered office differ and can’t be used as the same addresses.
Does the business address need to be the same as the registered address?
Of course, it doesn’t. Any place where you conduct your business can be your business address, regardless of the location of your registered office.
Are the service address and the registered office the same thing?
No, the service address and the registered office are different. The service address means the official address for directors of a limited company, while the registered address is the official address of a limited company.
Does the registered office have to be situated in the UK?
Yes. If your company is registering in the UK, your registered office has to be in the UK. But you shouldn’t be there physically; you can be at any place worldwide.
Can I use the rented address as my registered office?
If you are renting an office, you can consult with a landlord and get the answer on the question about using the rented address as the registered office.
Can I receive the official government mail?
Yes. You can receive the official government mail with your registered office. This is the mail from special government structures: Companies House, HMRC, and Intellectual Property Office. The official government mail is on the public register and accessible for anyone.
Whether it is possible to change the registered office?
Yes, it is possible. If you wish to change your registered office, you have to file an AD01 form to Companies House. Usually they review it within several days. If you have additional issues, you can consult with us.
We finished our article about the registered office and we hope that it will be useful for you. If you have any other questions regarding a company registration or opening account abroad, don’t hesitate to contact us.