What is the Point of a Service Address for a Director?
A residential address is required to be given to Companies House when a person is being appointed as either a director or secretary of a company. Companies House and other government bodies will not correspond with an officer using their residential address as they will use the service address instead. The residential address is not visible to the public and is only utilised by government bodies when they cannot make contact with an officer using their service address or the company’s registered office address.
The company’s registered office address is where correspondence is sent when it relates to the company rather than its individual officers. If post to the registered office is returned undelivered then Companies House may contact each individual director at their service address or residential address.
A service address enables the following to receive post and official notices from various government bodies:-
- A director;
- LLP members;
- Person with significant control; or
- A corporate entity fulfilling one of the above roles.
Service addresses go on public record and are available for anyone to see when they access information about a company and its officers at Companies House. Sometimes directors submit their residential address as their service address thus making it accessible to the public. Using a residential address as your service address can be dangerous due to susceptibility to fraud. Therefore, getting a service address that is different to a residential address is highly recommended.
A service address can be anywhere in the world and can be either commercial or residential. An officer does not need to visit the address or operate a business from it in order to use it. It can be changed at any time with Companies House needing to be notified within 14 days of the change. It can be the same as the company’s registered office address. If a director holds multiple positions and has the same service address for each, the address will need to be updated for each company separately at Companies House.
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