Companies Registration Office filings - requirement to provide Personal Public Service Number or Verified Identity Number with certain filings from 11 June 2023

With effect from 11 June 2023, the Companies Registration Office (“CRO”) have confirmed that the requirement to provide a Personal Public Service Number (“PPSN”) or a Verified Identity Number (“VIN”) when filing the following forms with their offices will be introduced:

  • Form A1 – for incorporation of a new company
  • Form B1 – annual return
  • Form B10 – for the appointment or resignation of a director, or change of their details
  • Form B69 – notice by a director of cessation of office where a company has failed to file a form B10

If an RBO Transaction Number was previously issued to a director for the purpose of filings with the Central Register of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Industrial & Provident Societies (the “RBO”) where a director did not hold a PPSN, this RBO Transaction Number will automatically be reclassified as a VIN by the CRO and it will not be necessary to obtain a separate number in such cases.

If a director does not presently hold either a PPSN or RBO Transaction Number, it will be necessary for such director to apply to the CRO to have a VIN issued to them, by means of a Form VIF (Declaration as to Verification of Identity).

In anticipation of this the CRO have recently introduced functionality for the submission and processing of the Form VIF.

Companies, and/or presenters, should start to take steps to ensure that all directors have either a PPSN or VIN available to provide in advance of the next applicable filing of any of the abovementioned forms with the CRO.

For further information please see our previous briefings here and the CRO FAQ, available here.

If you have any queries in relation to the above or would like to discuss further, please reach out to Ray Hunt or your usual member of the Company Secretarial and Compliance team.

This document has been prepared by McCann FitzGerald LLP for general guidance only and should not be regarded as a substitute for professional advice. Such advice should always be taken before acting on any of the matters discussed.