Find out how to send your information to Companies House online, how to sign up for email reminders, and the benefits of using our digital services.
Benefits of online filing
You can save your company time and money. By filing your documents online, you’ll:
- be less likely to get late filing penalties
- get confirmation that we’ve received your documents
- find out if they’re accepted or rejected
It’s cheaper to file online
It costs less to file most documents online compared to paper. For example, it costs £13 to file a confirmation statement online, but £40 to file a paper form.
It’s quicker to file online
Most of our online documents are processed within 24 hours. Documents sent by post might take a week or more to process. So it’ll be a while before you find out if they’ve been accepted or rejected.
Avoid rejects and late filing penalties
Online filing also has built-in checks to help you avoid errors and rejection. When we receive a document filed online, we’ll send you an acknowledgement almost immediately.
We’ll also send a confirmation once we’ve accepted your document. If your document’s rejected, you can correct it and resend to us.
Other online services
Online users also get access to additional services, including:
- protected online filing (PROOF) – this prevents attempts to change your registered office address or directors without your knowledge
- email reminders – a free and effective way to be reminded when your company’s accounts and confirmation statement are due
How to file online
It’s quick and easy to register for online filing.
Register your email address.
Choose a password.
We’ll send your authentication code to the company’s registered office address.
You can watch our video on how to register for online filing with captions on YouTube (1m 48s).
Sign in to online filing
Once you’ve registered, you can sign in to the online filing service to send us your company’s documents.
You can watch our video on how to sign in to online filing with captions on YouTube (1m 35s).
Software filing packages let you send information to us through our XML gateway.
If you file a lot of documents, you might find this fits into your workflow more easily. The more documents you file, the more beneficial this option is likely to be.
It’s also cheaper to file documents electronically using software. For example, it costs £13 to incorporate a company using software filing, but costs £40 to file a paper form. Same day incorporations are £30 using software filing, and £100 by paper.
You can submit all the same forms that can be filed using our online filing service, plus additional types of company accounts and incorporations.
How to file online using software
To develop your own software, you’ll need expertise in eXtensible Markup Language (XML). You can:
- request a copy of our technical specifications by emailing email@example.com
- subscribe to our software filing RSS feed for updates about the service
- visit our XML schema page for all transaction types and submission processes
Use software to file annual accounts
We can receive and process company accounts produced in Inline eXtensible Reporting Language (iXBRL) format, and more software package providers are making this available. If you’re developing iXBRL to file accounts online, you can test your submission using our validator.
Some of the benefits include:
- no more covering letters
- no postage costs
- faster, more secure delivery with immediate acknowledgement of receipt
- automatic confirmation of acceptance or rejection
- reduced risk of late filing penalties
Find out more about filing your company’s accounts using software.
Our email reminder service tells you when your company’s accounts and confirmation statement are due. Analysis shows email reminders are more successful than paper reminders.
Users who have switched to email reminders are more likely to file on time. So they’re less likely to get a penalty for filing their company’s accounts late.
Our email reminder service is free and has many advantages over the paper system. You can:
- choose up to 4 people to receive a reminder (including an agent)
- file your document immediately from a link within the reminder
- receive reminders more conveniently
- use less paper, contributing to saving the environment
We recommend all companies register for the email reminder service. We intend to withdraw paper reminders in the future as part of our aim to become a fully-digital organisation.
How to register for email reminders
Sign in to the Companies House online filing service.
Select ‘Activate e reminders’ from your company overview screen.
Click ‘Add an email address’.
Enter your email address (a maximum of 4 for each company).
Click the link in the email from Companies House to validate your email address.
Agree to the Terms of operation.
We’ll send you an email when you’ve successfully joined the reminder service.
New users will need to register to use our online filing service.
You can watch our video on how to register for email reminders with captions on YouTube (2m 6s).
Register multiple companies
You can register multiple companies in one go.
Prepare a password protected spreadsheet with a minimum of 15 company numbers and associated authentication codes.
Email your spreadsheet to BulkERems@companieshouse.gov.uk.
In a separate email from the same address, confirm the spreadsheet password and a single email address where we’ll send the reminders.
You can only assign one email address when joining in bulk registration. You can change an email address, or add additional email addresses using our online filing service (a maximum of 4 for each company).
What you can send to us online
|annual accounts||audit exempt small full accounts (with abbreviated option)|
|annual accounts||audit exempt abbreviated accounts|
|annual accounts||micro-entity accounts|
|incorporation (IN01)||private company limited by shares adopting their model articles in their entirety|
|AA01||change of accounting reference date|
|AA02||dormant company accounts|
|AD01||change of situation or address of registered office|
|AP01||appointment of director|
|AP02||appointment of corporate director|
|AP03||appointment of secretary|
|AP04||appointment of corporate secretary|
|TM01||terminating appointment as director|
|TM02||terminating appointment as secretary|
|CH01||change of particulars for director|
|CH02||change of particulars for corporate director|
|CH03||change of particulars for secretary|
|CH04||change of particulars for corporate secretary|
|CS01||confirmation statement (£13 charge)|
|AD02||notification of single alternative inspection location (SAIL)|
|AD03||change of location of the company records to the single alternative inspection location (SAIL)|
|AD04||change of location of the company records to the registered office|
|SH01||return of allotment of shares|
|NM01||notice of change of name by resolution & special resolution (RES15) (£8 charge)|
|DS02||withdrawal of application to strike off|
|MR01||particulars of a charge|
|MR02||particulars of a charge subject to which property or undertaking has been acquired|
|MR04||statement of satisfaction in full or in part of a charge|
|MR05||statement that part or the whole of the property charged (a) has been released from the charge (b) no longer forms part of the company’s property|
|PSC01||notice of individual person with significant control (PSC)|
|PSC02||notice of relevant legal entity with significant control|
|PSC03||notice of other registrable person with significant control|
|PSC04||notice of change of details for PSC|
|PSC05||notice of change of details for relevant legal entity with significant control|
|PSC06||notice of change of details of other registrable person with significant control|
|PSC07||notice of ceasing to be a PSC|
|PSC08||notice of PSC statements|
|PSC09||notice of update to PSC statements|
|EH01||elect to keep register of directors information on the public register|
|EH02||elect to keep directors’ residential addresses on the central register|
|EH03||elect to keep register of secretaries information on the central register|
|EW01||withdraw register of directors information from the central register|
|EW02||withdraw usual residential addresses information from the central register|
|EW03||withdraw register of secretaries’ information from the central register|
You cannot file ‘full audited accounts’ using WebFiling.
Charities should seek advice from the Charities Commission to find out if your accounts type will be acceptable to Companies House. The Charities Commission needs a full audited set of accounts and you may have to file the same at Companies House.
Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
|LL AD01||change of registered office address of an LLP|
|LL AP01||appointment of member of an LLP|
|LL AP02||appointment of corporate member of an LLP|
|LL CH01||change of details of a member of an LLP|
|LL CH02||change of details of a corporate member of an LLP|
|LL CS01||confirmation statement (£13 charge)|
|LL TM01||termination of appointment of member of an LLP|
|LL AD02||notification of the single alternative inspection location (SAIL) of an LLP|
|LL AD03||change of location of the records to the single alternative inspection location (SAIL) of an LLP|
|LL AD04||change of location of the records to the registered office of an LLP|
|LL AA01||change of accounting reference date of an LLP|
|LL DS02||withdrawal of application to strike off|
|LL MR01||particulars of a charge created by an LLP|
|LL MR02||particulars of a charge subject to which property or undertaking has been acquired by an LLP|
|LL MR04||statement of satisfaction in full or in part of a charge by an LLP|
|LL MR05||statement that part or the whole of the property charged (a) has been released from the charge (b) no longer forms part of the LLP’s property|
|LL PSC01||notice of individual person with significant control (PSC)|
|LL PSC02||notice of relevant legal entity with significant control|
|LL PSC03||notice of other registrable person with significant control|
|LL PSC04||notice of change of details for PSC|
|LL PSC05||notice of change of details for relevant legal entity with significant control|
|LL PSC06||notice of change of details of other registrable person with significant control|
|LL PSC07||notice of ceasing to be a PSC|
|LL PSC08||notice of PSC statements|
|LL PSC09||notice of update to PSC statements|
|LL EH01||elect to keep register of members information on the central register|
|LL EH02||elect to keep register of LLP members’ residential addresses information on the central register|
|LL EH04||elect to keep register of PSC information on the central register|
|LL EW01||withdraw register of LLP members’ information from the central register for an LLP|
|LL EW02||withdraw register of LLP members’ usual residential addresses information from the central register|
|LL EW04||withdraw register of PSC information from the central register for an LLP|