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UK Companies House register – new identity verification regime and ACSPs

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The UK Companies House register is soon to require that all individuals who register companies or file with the Registrar will have to prove who they are by verifying their identity.

The UK Companies House register is soon to require that all individuals who register companies or file with the Registrar will have to prove who they are by verifying their identity. This will apply to all new and existing registered company Directors, People with Significant Control (PSCs) and anyone else filing with the Registrar.

This process will apply to most existing companies that are registered on the UK Companies House register, as well as to new registrations going forward. The consequences of non-compliance with the identity verification requirements will depend on circumstances. An individual who fails to comply with the requirement to verify their identity with the Registrar could be subject to:

 

  • Criminal proceedings that could result in a Level 5 (unlimited) fine
  • Civil penalties issued by the Registrar of Companies
  • Prohibition from acting as a Director
  • Prevention from making statutory filings
  • Annotation of the public Register to show the individual’s status as ‘unverified’

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