What is a certificate of incorporation?

Definition of certificate of incorporation

A certificate of incorporation is a document that is sent to all companies that register with Companies House. The document contains a range of important information and is evidence that Companies House has officially registered the company.

A certificate of incorporation includes information such as:

  • the registered company name
  • the Company Registration Number
  • the part of the United Kingdom where the company is registered
  • the date the company was incorporated
  • the type of company (for example, whether the company is a limited company, an LLP or another company type)
  • the legislation the company has been incorporated under (for example, the Companies Act 2006)
  • the issuing Registrar

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