The company registration number, as the name suggests, is issued by Companies House when a new company is registered. All UK companies are given a unique company registration number (CRN), sometimes known as a company number or a registration number, which is used to identify a company and confirms its status as an incorporated entity.
As the number is only issued to businesses registered at Companies House, mainly limited companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), sole traders and traditional partnerships do not get a company registration number as they are not incorporated.
What does a company registration number look like?
The CRN is a combination of 8 digits, which for limited companies registered in England and Wales is 8 numbers. In some cases the format changes to 2 letters then six numbers, e.g. if the company is registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland, the number will start with ‘SC’ and ‘NI’ respectively. Similarly, all registration numbers for LLPs begin with ‘NC’ and are followed by 6 numbers.
Where can I find my company registration number?
Your company registration number can be found on the certificate of incorporation, which is issued when a company is formed by your company formation agent, or by Companies House if you registered your company directly with them.
It can be found on all official correspondence sent to you by Companies House during the lifetime of your company, and it is available to view online by accessing the public register, using Companies House Service.
If you are a customer of Quality Company Formations, you can login to your online client portal where you will find your registration number and all other company details, including pdf copies of your company formation documents to view or download.
When do I need to use my company registration number?
The registration number is designed to identify a business in many different circumstances and requires being quoted when doing the following:
- Making changes to a company at Companies House, e.g. changing the company name or the registered office address.
- Filing documents at Companies House, e.g. annual accounts or a confirmation statement.
- When issuing (allotting) shares.
- Dissolving a company.
- Registering the company at HMRC for incorporation tax, PAYE, or VAT.
- Filing VAT returns and annual accounts at HMRC.
- When opening a business bank account or in general correspondence with government bodies, shareholders and lenders.
Where should I display my company registration number?
The company registration number should be freely available to the public, therefore it is legally required to be displayed on a company or LLP’s website, documents and stationery, including letterheads, compliment slips, emails, faxes, invoices, order forms and receipts.
Legislation governing the stationery of limited companies and LLPs is included within The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2015.