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What is a Registered Office Address?



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What is a Registered Office Address?
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A registered office address is the official address of your company. You may not necessarily operate from here, but it's the address that government bodies use to send you official communications.

It's a physical address, so it can't be a P.O. box or a website. It has to be an address where someone can actually receive mail and sign documents.

Why is having a registered office address important?

Having a registered office address is a legal requirement for a company in the UK. When you're forming a company, you'll need to give an address where official legal notices and reminders will be sent. It's also the address that's listed on your public record, so it's important to make sure it's an address that you're happy to be associated with.

This doesn't mean it has to be your main trading address - you can use a virtual address, such as those offered as a service by a company formation agent, as long as you are able to access the official communications that are delivered there. This is a great option if you're working from home or if you don't have a permanent office.

Just make sure that the address you choose is in the UK and that someone can actually receive mail there. You don't want to miss out on important information because your mail is going to the wrong address.

How should you display the registered address?

You should display your registered address on all official company paperwork, such as your company's articles of association, annual return, and tax returns. It should also be displayed on any contracts that you enter into with third parties, your company's letterheads and marketing materials. 

For example, you could display your registered address like this:

While there may be no specific rules on this, it’s a good practice to place your registered address on positions that are easily seen like the samples. Don’t forget to make it legible and visible to the naked eye!

Can a registered office be a home address?

Legally, there is no problem with using your home address as your registered office address, as long as it's in the UK - a reasonable choice if you're just starting out and want to save money. Your home can also add a more personal touch to your brand, especially if you’re a small business building relationships with your customers. If you’re thinking of using your home as a business address, we’ve created an article that will help you decide.

However, there are some downsides to using a home address as your registered office address. You could have a hard time separating your business life from your personal life, and may risk people showing up at your house unannounced. So, most companies take advantage of the benefits of a virtual address where they can get privacy and security.  

Can you change my registered office address?

Absolutely! Once you have your new registered office address, you’ll notify any directors, creditors or other relevant parties of the change of address. You’ll also have to file an  AD01 form with Companies House.

The process of changing a company's registered office address online can be completed in as little as 24 hours. Once approved by Companies House, your public address will be changed immediately. 

If you’re looking for help registering your office address, SUAZ can help. Buy a virtual office package from us today.

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