How to request your company’s authentication code from Companies House is easy.
The authentication code is a 6 character password made up of the combination of alphabets and numbers. The code is the equivalent of your company’s director or company secretary’s signature and it is linked to your company’s number. Please keep safe of the code.
You would require your authentication code to file your confirmation statement and company accounts using the web filing service.
Forgot your authentication code
Forgotten your code? not to worry because you can request Companies House to re-send your authentication code to your company’s registered office address.
Companies House would only send your authentication code to your registered office address. They would not send your code to anywhere else no matter how hard you beg them to because the company law says so and they follow the company law.
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You can request your authentication code to be sent to your home address if you cannot access to mails sent to your registered office.
How to request
- Sign in to Companies House web filing.
- Enter the email address and your password you registered for web filing service.
- Then, you will be directed to the sign in to a company page.
- You will see the link “request an authentication code” above the sign-in blue button. Click on it.
- You will be directed to Request an authentication code page.
- Step 1: Select where your company was incorporated. Enter your company number then click the continue button.
- Step 2: Review your company information displayed to make sure it is correct. Your company registered office will be displayed there. if it is correct then you click on the request code button.
How long does it take to arrive
It takes about 5 working days to reach your registered office address. If you did not receive the code after 5 working days, contact Companies House or contact us.
No access to your registered office
No access to your mails sent to your registered office address? Then you must change your registered office address immediately.
In this circumstance, you must file a Companies House form AD01 to change of your registered office address on paper. Then wait for the Registrar of Companies to approve and publish your new registered office address on the public record after that you sign in to Companies House’s web filing service to request your authentication code again. Follow the same steps above. This is a lengthy process.
Companies House propose to strike off
Companies House is proposing to strike off your company in this situation it is critical for you to avoid the dissolution and get your authentication code promptly before it happens.
Contact Companies House to explain your registered office situation in writing. Companies House would reply to you to say if they approve your request whether they have discontinued the proposal to strike off. They would specify the date your overdue company’s confirmation statement or company accounts must reach them.
Companies House would issue prosecution notice to your company directors if your company’s documents still not filed after the specified date.
Change registered office and get authentication code at the same time.
There is a way to change your registered office address and get your authentication code at the same time. Our accountants can help you.
Companies House has the discretion to allow this on a case by case basis. We will write to Companies House on your behalf to explain your situation together with supporting evidence and prepare the required documents and Companies House form for your director’s signature. You are to send the signed documents back to us then we will take care of Companies House administration for you from there.
Your company dissolved while waiting for authentication code arrived
It is possible for your company to be struck off while you are waiting for your authentication code to arrive. You can avoid this by writing to Companies House as discussed above.
Companies House would dissolve your company without hesitation if you do not communicate with them of your intention to keep your company.
Once your company is dissolved, you can restore your company through administrative restoration. You must apply to Companies House for this.
Application for administrative restoration with Companies House is straight forward. Companies House would require you to bring your company’s filings up to date. This includes your company accounts and your confirmation statement.