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Every company registered in the U.K. is legally required to file a confirmation statement annually. Avoid late fees, file online today!

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How to Complete your Confirmation Statement?

File early to allow plenty of time in case your confirmation statement is rejected. The easiest way to file your confirmation statement is online and we provide:

1. Search for your company on Companies House register
Find the company for which you want to submit the annual Confirmation Statement and select the add-ons that's right for you.

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2. Fill out our short simplified application in less than 5 min
Verify the information held at Companies House about your business is correct. You’ll need to provide your company authentication code to authorise the information filed online. If you do not have your code, you’ll be able to request for it to be sent to you.

3. Your Confirmation Statement completed in 3 hrs
Once you’ve confirmed and submitted your company details, Companies House will take on average 3 hours to process your application and update the register. You’ll receive an email confirmation to notify you when your filing is completed.

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7 Questions About Filing Confirmation Statements, Answered

Once your limited company is up and running, you’ll need to stay on top of all your filing requirements: self assessments, annual accounts, VAT returns (if you’re registered), and of course, your annual confirmation statement.

But what is a confirmation statement, and why do you need to file one? If you’ve wondered this, you’re not alone, so read on to find out everything you need to know before you file your first confirmation statement.

1. What is a confirmation statement?

Confirmation Statement (n.)

An annual filing submitted by a limited company director that confirms the information Companies House holds about their company is correct and up-to-date.

The confirmation statement replaced the ‘annual return’ in 2016, which served a similar purpose.

You file confirmation statements to inform Companies House about certain changes to your company, like your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, shareholder names, and more. You must file one even if nothing has changed, as this will tell Companies House that you’ve reviewed your information and confirmed it is correct.

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2. Who must file confirmation statements?

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All limited companies must submit a confirmation statement every 12 months, whether they are dormant or active. Dormant or non-trading companies may have a different internal structure from those that are trading, so if you’ve stopped trading recently, make sure the information on Companies House register is up-to-date.

Directors, in particular, are responsible for filing statutory documents, including confirmation statements, with Companies House by their respective deadlines. This is the case even if administrative tasks like filing have been delegated to the company secretary.

3. When should I file my confirmation statement?

Limited companies must file confirmation statements every year, no later than 14 days after the end of your 12-month ‘review period’. This starts on the date of your company formation or ‘statement date’ of the previous confirmation statement. It ends the day before your formation anniversary or previous statement date.


Susan formed a company on 26 April 2022.

Her 12-month review period would start on 26 April 2022 and end on 25 April 2023.

The statement date for her confirmation statement is 25 April 2023, and the filing deadline is 14 days later on 9 May 2022.

4. What do I need before I file?

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You’ll need your authentication code to submit your confirmation statement. This is the 6-digit code issued by Companies House to each company and it is used to authorise information filed online, essentially operating as a company offer’s signature. You’ll have received it when you incorporated your company.

If you don’t have an authentication code, OnlineFilings™ can request one on your behalf. We are authorised by Companies House to file confirmation statements, so we can apply for your authentication code as part of our simplified filing service. Click below to get started.FILE NOW

5. What company information do I need?

When you’re ready to file, you’ll need to review all your company’s information. This includes:

  • Your registered office address and/or Single Alternative Inspection Location (SAIL) address
  • Current company officers (directors, company secretary, partners, etc.)
  • Shareholder names & the shares held by each (including class, quantity and details of any transfers)
  • People with Significant Control (PSCs) or an exemption from keeping a PSC register
  • Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes, essentially if the company’s principal business activities have changed
  • Statement of capital, which outlines the details of all company shares (total number, aggregate nominal value, total per class, etc.)

You can only report certain changes to your company data on a confirmation statement, like your SIC codes, shareholder details, statement of capital, the trading status of shares, and an exemption from keeping a PSC register.

To change other information, like officers' details or registered office address, you’ll need to use specific Companies House forms. Alternatively, add these to your OnlineFilings confirmation statement order to save time and hassle.

6. How do I file?

You can choose to either file online or by post using the CS01 confirmation statement form, but online is advised as it’s the most convenient, secure option. You can file directly with Companies House WebFiling by logging in and manually entering all the necessary information about your company.

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Alternatively, choose OnlineFilings™ and benefit from a pre-populated and simplified confirmation statement form, making it easy to update information and file efficiently. You can do this straight from your phone and you’ll even get access to our exclusive partners' offers to grow your business. Use the button below to get started.FILE NOW

7. What if my confirmation statement is overdue?

Confirmation statements are one of the quicker filing requirements you’ll have as a director, especially if you use OnlineFilings™, so it’s unlikely that you’ll forget. If you do, file it as soon as possible.

You won’t accrue a financial penalty if your confirmation statement’s overdue, but failing to file at all is considered a criminal offence. Your company could be struck off the register and dissolved by Companies House as they’ll assume you’re no longer trading.

Serious consequences are rare, but it is important that you file on time so Companies House register remains accurate and up-to-date. To help with this, OnlineFilings™ will send you annual reminders around the time of your company’s incorporation date, helping you file confirmation statements on time.

8. Should dormant companies file confirmation statements?

Yes, even if your company is dormant you are still required to file a confirmation statement every year.

However, if you are planning on dissolving your company, you can simply file for dissolution without filing a confirmation statement. You can also dissolve your company through OnlineFilings should you no longer intend to trade as a limited company.

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In conclusion, all limited companies must file confirmation statements annually to confirm their information on Companies House register is correct.

As a director, you can file your confirmation statements quickly and easily using OnlineFilings™. We are authorised by Companies House to file confirmation statements on your behalf. Benefit from our fully managed same-day processing and personalised support throughout your business journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a confirmation statement?

Every year, companies are legally required to confirm that the information Companies House hold on the register about the company is correct. This includes the company name, company registered office address, company director(s), shareholder(s) and Persons of Significant Control (PSCs).

What happens if you don’t file a confirmation statement?

Failure to file the confirmation statement before the due date is a criminal offence which can result in directors being fined personally in the criminal courts. In addition, not filing the confirmation statement risks the company being struck off the register of Companies House.

What is an overdue confirmation statement?

If you receive a letter from Companies House stating that your confirmation statement is overdue, you will need to file immediately.
- Your company will be struck off if you don’t send the confirmation statement.
- You can get an unlimited fine.
- Your credit rating will be affected.


When do I need to file a confirmation statement?

You must file at least one confirmation statement every 12 months. This has to be filed no later than 14 days after the anniversary of your company incorporation.

Can you file a confirmation statement early?

Yes you can! Companies are legally required to file one confirmation statement a year. However, you can choose to file your confirmation statement early, or more than once a year. If you decide to file early, it will start a new 12 month ‘review period’ and your next statement will be due at the end of this period.

How long does it take to file a confirmation statement?

Once your confirmation statement has been submitted to Companies House, it is typically filed within a few hours and no more than one business day.

What details do I need to provide to file a confirmation statement?

In most cases we can prepare your confirmation statement without requesting any information from you. If you wish to make any changes to your company (e.g. change name or add a director), you will need to amend your details before submitting your confirmation statement.To file your confirmation statement you will need to provide your authentication code. The authentication code is a 6 digit alphanumeric code issued by Companies House to each company. The code is used to authorise information filed online and is the equivalent of a company officer’s signature. If you do not have your code, we will be able to request for the code to be sent to your registered office address within 2 to 5 working days.

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