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Directors Addresses

Company Formation Privacy

How to keep your home address private


What addresses are recorded by Companies House when you register a company?

When forming a private limited company in the UK you are required to provide personal information for the directors of the company and declare the registered address of the business.

Some of this information is held securely on Companies House records and only accessible by official government departments and authorised organisations.

However other details are readily available to the general public and can be accessed by simply searching for the name of your company.

 Search for your company name and select our address service to keep your director's home address private!  



  • On the Public Register
  • Used By HMRC and Companies House
  • Widely available on the internet
  • Free to access


  • Held on a Private Register
  • Not Available to Public
  • Used by Banks and Credit Agencies
  • Different to the Service Address



  • On the Public Register
  • Address found at Companies House
  • Available to Public
  • We do not recommend using your home address

registered office address

Should you use a home address as the registered office?

Directors of new UK companies often choose to use their home address as the registered office of the company as this keeps the start-up costs low which is important for a new business.

It is important to remember the registered office is used as a correspondence address for official government organisations and is freely available for the general public to view. If you choose to use your home address as the registered office address then these details will be available to the general public on Companies House website. In addition a basic internet search for your company will then show your home address in the search results.

If you would like to keep your home address private and out of the public domain you may wish to use our registered office address service. This allows your company to use our address on the public register which keeps your home address private and we will forward any official government notifications to your personal address which will be stored on our private records.

We can provide an address in Coventry or London for English and Welsh registered Companies or we have an Edinburgh address option for Scottish companies. When completing the formation application using our website you will be able to select one of our address options which ensures our address is displayed to the general public as soon as your company is incorporated. If your company has already been incorporated we will still be pleased to provide our address services. For further information please visit our registered office page.

Directors Address Details?

It is also possible to access the address details of officers appointed in the company by performing a director’s search. Due to changes implemented in the 2006 Companies Act it is now possible for a company director to display a ‘service address’ on the public register rather than their home address. This allows the director to provide an alternative address such as business trading location or virtual office to be displayed to the general public.

You are still legally required to provide your home address to Companies House but this information will be held on their private records and will not be available to the general public. If you have purchased our registered office service you may also wish to use our Directors service address, this allows you to display our addresses on the public data base to keep your details private. This service is available in addition to the registered office address you have purchased and is charged per director. Further information can be found on our Directors Service Address page.


Directors Address Privacy

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