How do I find the registered office address of a company?
All registered office addresses for companies in the UK are listed and are easily searchable on Companies House Service, a public register which is available online. It is also a legal requirement that the registered office address of a company must be displayed on a company’s stationery and website. This legal requirement is designed to protect the general public from illegitimate companies and to ensure the public knows who they are dealing with.
These transparency requirements are one of the trade-offs companies make to provide their owners with limited liability from their company’s debts.
Finding the registered office address of a company
Companies House Service is the first place you should look to check a company’s registered office address. Government bodies such as Companies House and HMRC use the information listed here to send statutory letters to the company at its registered office address.
To find the registered office address you are looking for, type in the company name on the ‘Search the register’ page, and the registered office address of that company will appear under the company’s name.
If you click the company name, you will also be able to find other publicly available information about the company, including:
- Names of directors and service addresses
- Confirmation statements
- Business activities
If you want to see all the registered office addresses a company has used from the date it’s date of incorporation, you should select ‘Filing History’ within the company’s listing on Companies House. This will show you each change of registered office address, including the previous registered office addresses listed.
Legal requirements regarding the registered office address
The Companies Act 2006 stipulates that each company in the UK provides a registered office address that is based in the legal jurisdiction the company is registered in (England and Wales, Wales only, Scotland or Northern Ireland).
The rules on where a registered office address should be displayed are set out in the Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Regulations 2015. Letterheads and other stationery such as invoices and order forms, must display the registered office address of the company. Websites should also display this information. Unfortunately, due to the lack of enforcement in this area, as well as general ignorance around this subject, not all companies abide by this rule.
Do not confuse different types of addresses
Companies can have multiple addresses or branches, and a business or trading address (i.e. where the business actually operates from) is often not the same as the company’s registered office address. There is no legal requirement for business addresses to be listed on public record.
The registered office address may also not be the owner’s residential address. Service providers such as Quality Company Formations offer registered office address and business mail forwarding services, providing their own address as the registered office address of a company to provide privacy for directors.
Quality Company Formations also provides an officer service address facility, which is the correspondence address listed on the public record for directors, secretaries, and people with significant control.
Use of these services is perfectly legal, as long as the directors of the company can receive all statutory mail sent to their registered office address.