What is Companies House Authentication Code?
Every time a new company is established and registered in the United Kingdom, they are given a special authentication code. This authentication code is known as a Companies House WebFiling code, containing a mixture of numbers and letters. This code is unique to your specific company and is a total of six alphanumeric characters. It is a very important security measure for authorized individuals for the purpose of updating/changing company details. In fact, this code is equal to a company officer’s signature.Subscribe Now
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Why Is the Authentication Code Important?
This code is vital to your company because it is required for all online Companies House tasks. The code is needed for the following…
1.File annual accounts for your company
2.File directors and secretaries for your company
3.File the annual return and/or conformation statement for your company File documents in order to appoint a new director
4.File documents to resign a current director File documents to update the registered office File to add new shares
5.File to change the accounting reference date
6.Update Companies House with any relevant information
When you register a new company with Companies House, it will take approximately five days to receive your authentication code. If you need to request a new code or replacement code, it will be sent to your company’s office address.
Your code should be kept safe and treated with the same care as a PIN. If an individual gains access to your code, they can alter your company’s details. If someone you do not trust has access to the code, change it immediately.
What Happens If You Lose Your Authentication Code?
If you have misplaced or lost your Companies House code, there are a few ways to retrieve it. The way in which you retrieve your code is dependent upon how you formed your company. You should request a new code right away. Do not wait until you are required to file.
If your company was formed through Companies House, these are your options for retrieval…
Assuming the company was formed via postal service or online web, request a new code by signing up online.
If you already have an online WebFiling account, log in. Next, select “request authentication code.”
Ensure to correctly enter the company name and where it was registered. Once displayed information is correct, select the option “request code.”
A new code will automatically be sent to your company’s office via post. You will receive it in 3 to 5 business days.
For security purposes, Companies House is unable to send an authentication code through email or speak it over the phone
If your company was formed through a company formation agent, these are your options for retrieval…
Request a new code by logging into the customer portal on your formation agent’s website. Once you log in, you will be able to see your company details and authentication code.
If web access is not an option, you can also email or call your formation agent to request the authentication code.
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