Appoint corporate director for an overseas company

Complete the Companies House form OS AP02 to appoint a corporate director for an overseas company. This form is different from the form of AP02. The AP02 is for the appointment of a corporate director for a limited company.

If you would like to appoint an individual director for your overseas company, please complete the form OS AP01.

Information required to complete the form OS AP02

You must complete the following sections of the form OS AP02 to appoint a corporate director for an overseas company.

Section 1: Overseas company details

Provide your overseas company number. your overseas company number shall start with a prefix “FC” or “SF” or NF” followed by six digits.

Write your overseas company full name or alternative name currently registered with Companies House.

Section 2: Date of corporate director appointment

You must specify the date of your new overseas company’s corporate director being appointed.

Section 3: New corporate director information

You must provide your new corporate director’s details such as full company or firm name.

Additionally, specify the registered or principal address of your corporate director. This address must not be a P O Box address. It must be a physical location.

Section 4: If your corporate director is an EEA company

If your corporate director is a firm or company registered in the EEA, please provide the company name and number.

Section 5: If your corporate director is a non-EEA company

Provide the following details if your corporate director is a non-EEA company.

  • legal form of your corporate director or firm
  • Governing law
  • Where it was registered
  • Its registration number if applicable.

Section 6: Your director’s authority

You must disclose if your new corporate director has limited or unlimited authority. If you have indicated your corporate director’s authority is limited, you must provide a brief description in the box provided in the form.

Concurrently, you must also disclose if your corporate director can act alone or must act jointly. If your corporate director is not authorised to act alone then you must provide names of the persons who are authorised to act jointly.

Section 6: Overseas company’s branch in the UK

You provide your UK establishment name and registration number. Your branch number shall start with a prefix “BR” followed by six digits.

Section 7: Signature

You must sign the form. You must hold the position of either as the overseas company director, secretary or a permanent representative in order to sign the form OS AP02.

Where to send your OS AP02 form

You may send your completed OS AP02 form to one of the following Companies House offices.

England and Wales:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Crown Way, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ.
DX 33050 Cardiff.


The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Fourth floor, Edinburgh Quay 2,
139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9FF.
DX ED235 Edinburgh 1
or LP – 4 Edinburgh 2 (Legal Post).

Northern Ireland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Second Floor, The Linenhall, 32-38 Linenhall Street,
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8BG.
DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature. You can easily upload your documents to Companies House online platform.

You are also encouraged to use the WebFiling service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

For this purpose, you would require your company’s authentication code to file online. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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