Guidance

Filing your company's confirmation statement

Find out what a confirmation statement is and how to send your statement to Companies House.

Every company, including dormant and non trading companies, must file a confirmation statement. It confirms the information we hold about your company is up to date.

You must file a statement at least once a year, but you may choose to file more often.

What is a confirmation statement?

You can watch our confirmation statement video with captions on YouTube (1m 42s).

How to file your confirmation statement

You’ll need your password and authentication code. If you do not have these, you’ll need to register for online filing.

You can watch our video on how to file your confirmation statement on YouTube.

Updating your company’s details

Before filing your confirmation statement, you should check your company’s details. You must update your records if any information is incorrect or out of date.

You’ll need your password and authentication code. If you do not have these, you’ll need to register for online filing.

Changes you must make before sending your confirmation statement

Before confirming your records are up to date, you must tell us about changes to your:

  • directors and secretary
  • people with significant control (PSC)
  • company’s registered office address

Changes you can make when you file your confirmation statement

The confirmation statement has an additional information section. You can complete this if there have been changes to your:

If nothing has changed

You must file a confirmation statement even if there have not been any changes to your company during the review period. This confirms that your records are up to date and the information we hold is correct.

Review period

You must file at least one confirmation statement every 12 months. Your 12 month review period starts on either:

  • the date your company incorporated
  • the date you filed your last confirmation statement

You must file your statement within 14 days of the end of your review period.

Example Your new company is incorporated on 1 January 2018.

Your review period will start on 1 January 2018 and will end on 31 December 2018.

If you file a statement early

You can file a statement at any time during your review period. If you file a confirmation statement early, it will start a new 12 month review period.

Example Your new company is incorporated on 1 January 2018.

Your company files a confirmation statement on 30 September 2018. Your next review period will start on 1 October 2018 and will end on 30 September 2019.

If you do not file your statement within 14 days of the end of your review period, your company and its officers may be prosecuted. Your company may also be struck off the register.

Annual fee

It costs:

  • £13 to file your confirmation statement online
  • £40 to send us a paper form

Payment period

Your payment period is separate from your review period. It tells you when your annual fee is due.

A payment period is every 12 months from:

  • the date your company incorporated (newer companies)
  • the date you last paid the annual fee (older companies)

You only have to pay the annual fee with your first confirmation statement in the 12 month payment period. You can then file as many confirmation statements as you want in this payment period.

A new fee will be due when your company gets to the anniversary of your 12 month payment period.

You cannot change your payment period.

Example Your company’s payment period starts on 1 January 2018 and ends on 31 December 2018.

If you file your statement on 30 September 2018, you must pay the fee. If you file another statement on 1 December 2018, you do not have to pay again.

If you file a confirmation statement on 5 January 2019, you must pay the fee as it’s a new payment period.

Confirmation statement: review periods and payment periods explained

Restoring a company

If you’re restoring a company to the register, you can only file a paper form CS01.

When restoring a company, you must put the statement date that was due before it was struck off. If you’re not sure of the correct date, contact us before filing your statement.

Published 15 January 2018
Last updated 19 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added video on 'How to file your confirmation statement'.

  2. Welsh translation added.

  3. Guidance updated with more information about filing and payment periods.

  4. Video added.

  5. Added translation