All UK limited companies are assigned a company authentication code upon their incorporation.
In this blog post we’re going to look at what the authentication code is and how you can locate yours.
What is the company authentication code?
It’s a code made up of numbers and letters that allows a company director – or whoever else has access to the code – to carry out online duties for a company.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Filing a confirmation statement
- Filing dormant company accounts
- Appointing a new director or resigning an existing director
- Changing the company’s registered office
The code enables significant changes. Because of this, it should be treated in the same way that you would look after a pin number for a credit card.
We recommend only passing it on to trusted individuals in your company, your accountant, and your company formation agent.
It is possible to change your company authentication code if you wish to update it to something more memorable.
Locating your company authentication code
If you formed your company directly with Companies House, the code will have been mailed to your registered office shortly after the company incorporation.
You can request a reminder letter by logging in to Companies House WebFiling (or registering if you haven’t already done so) and selecting the ‘Request an authentication code’ link. The code will be mailed to you and should be received within 5 days.
If you formed your company with a company formation agent, they will normally have an online manager facility that will show the code.
If you formed your company with us, you can retrieve your code in the following way:
- Log in to 1st Formations
- Select the ‘My Companies’ option from your dashboard
- Select the ‘View’ magnifying glass icon or click on your company’s name
- You will find the code next to ‘Auth. Code’
So there you have it – how to find your company authentication code.
We hope you have found this blog post helpful. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.