A service address is the name of the official correspondence address of a director, secretary, subscriber, LLP member or Person with Significant Control (PSCs). All of these individuals are legally required to provide a service address for the public record when they join a company during or after incorporation. Companies House and HMRC, and other UK government agencies, will send personal statutory mail to these individuals at their nominated service address.
You can use any physical postal address anywhere in the world, as long as it’s not simply a PO Box number. You may use a residential address or a non-residential address, including the firm’s registered office. There is no requirement to visit or work at your service addresses. It is simply required for official contact purposes.
A professional service address is a popular choice with many people. These types of services are usually provided by company formation agents and secretarial firms. The professional address is registered at Companies House and placed on public record. Official government mail is delivered to the professional mailing address and then forwarded to the director at an alternate contact address of their choosing, or scanned and emailed to them. This is the most effective way to protect your privacy and create a professional, corporate image.
- What is the difference between a service address and a registered office address?
- Can I use my home address as my service address?
- Can I use my company’s registered office as a service address?
- What mail is delivered to a service address?
- Can I use a PO Box as a service address?
- Can my service address be anywhere in the world?
- Do company secretaries require service addresses?
- Do company shareholders require service addresses?
- Do LLP members require service addresses?
- Will my service address be displayed on public record?
- Can I change my service address?
- 1st Formations Directors’ Service Address
What is the difference between a service address and a registered office address?
A service address is required by all company directors, LLP members, secretaries and subscribers, and any individual or firm registered as a Person with Significant Control (PSC) of the business. It serves as their official correspondence address. Their personal statutory mail from government agencies, such as HMRC and Companies House, is delivered there. It can be located anywhere in the world.
A registered office address, on the other hand, is the official address of a limited company or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). All official government mail and legal notices for the company or LLP are delivered to the registered office, and the statutory registers and records of the company should be stored here too (unless a SAIL address is used). It must be located in the same part of the UK where the company or LLP is incorporated.
Can I use my home address as my service address?
Yes. There are no legal restrictions that prohibit you from using a private residence as your service address, but many people wish to maintain their privacy by keeping this information off public record.
A popular alternative is to purchase a professional Service Address from a company formation agent like 1st Formations. The professional address will be disclosed on public record as your official service address. Your official government mail will then be delivered there in the first instance and forwarded to you at an alternate address of your choosing, or scanned and emailed to you.
Can I use my company’s registered office as a service address?
A service address is not the same as a registered office, but it is perfectly acceptable to use the same address for both purposes, as long as it satisfies the legal requirements of a registered office.
What mail is delivered to a service address?
Only official government mail and legal notices for the attention of the address holder are delivered to the service address, however, you may use the same address as a service address, registered office and general contact address.
Can I use a PO Box as a service address?
Yes, you can use a PO Box as long as you provide Companies House will the full postal address, including the postcode, and that someone is physically at said address (i.e. not a post office). Simply using a PO Box number is not acceptable.
Can my service address be anywhere in the world?
Yes, unlike a registered office, there are no restrictions to the geographical location of a service address. It can be anywhere in the world but you must provide the full postal address for Companies House.
Do company secretaries require a service address?
Yes, company secretaries are legally required to have one.
Do shareholders and guarantors require service addresses?
Yes, shareholders and guarantors who are subscribers to the company (persons who add their names to the memorandum and articles of association during the incorporation process) must provide an address for the public record.
Shareholders and guarantors who become members after company formation do not have to provide an address, unless they are also registered as a Person with Significant Control.
Do LLP members require service addresses?
Yes, LLP members must provide one for Companies House during the incorporation process or when they become members of the LLP after it has been formed.
Will my service address be displayed on public record?
Yes, Companies House places all service address details on public record. If you change it, you must inform Companies House as soon as possible. The public record will be updated to reflect the new details.
The only exception is subscribers who are not PSCs. If their service address details change after incorporation, they do not have to update this information at Companies House. But if they are PSCs, they must report the change of address.
Can I change my service address?
You can change the service address of directors, PSCs, and LLP Members it at any time but you must notify Companies House immediately using the appropriate Companies House form.
These forms can be filed online via WebFiling or 1st Formations’ free Online Company Manager. The new details will be registered at Companies House and displayed on public record within approximately 24 hours of filing the relevant form. It will not officially change until it has been registered.
1st Formations Service Address
1st Formations provides a professional and prestigious Service Address in Covent Garden, London. It is available to all persons and firms of UK-registered limited companies and LLPs for £26.00 (plus VAT) per year. Our London address is displayed on public record alongside the registered holder’s details. All official government mail delivered to the individual at this address will be scanned and emailed, within 1 working day, free of charge.