Person authorised to accept service of documents for an overseas company

You must complete the Companies House form OS AP07 to appoint a person authorised to accept service of documents for your overseas company in the UK. Companies House will contact the person authorised to accept service of documents for your overseas company’s affairs.

If you would like to appoint an individual director instead, then please use the form OS AP01.

Information required to complete the form OS AP07

You would require the following information about your overseas company to complete the form OS AP07.

Section 1: Overseas company details

Your overseas company number. your overseas company number shall start with a prefix “FC” followed by six digits.

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

Section 2: UK establishment details

You must provide your overseas company’s branch name and registration number. Your branch number shall start with a prefix “BR” followed by six digits.

Section 3: Date of appointment

You must specify the appointment date of the person authorised to accept service of documents on behalf of your UK establishment for your overseas company.

Section 4: The personal details

You must provide the person authorised to accept service of documents for your overseas company’s full names including his/her former names. This includes maiden or married names.

Section 5: The service address

You must provide a service address of your authorised person. The address needs not to be his/her usual home address. It must not be a P O BOX address. If you do provide his/her usual home address as the service address then this would appear on the Companies House register and available for public inspection.

Section 6: 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 AP07.

Where to send your OS AP07 form to notify Companies House of the person authorised to accept service of documents for an overseas company

Correspondingly, you may send your completed OS AP07 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.

Scotland:

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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