Registry Certified Copies of Official BVI Company Documents

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As company incorporation agents our experience with the Registry of Corporate Affairs in the BVI means we can obtain company reports, certified copies of official documents held by the registry on any registered company. A certified document is where the Registry of Corporate Affairs stamps the document to verify its authenticity.

The certified company documents from the BVI Registry can be Apostilled, which means they are signed and stamped by the BVI Registrar General to confirm the authenticity of the signature and registry stamp.

BVI Company Registry - Registrar of Corporate Affairs

The Registry of Corporate Affairs is responsible for ensuring that companies doing business in and from within the territory are registered.

The BVI Companies Act 2004 requires the Registrar of Corporate Affairs to maintain the following:

  • Register of Companies incorporated under the Act
  • Register of Foreign Companies registered under Part XI
  • Register of Charges registered under part VIII

Company Incorporations and post incorporation filings are made electronically, which leads to fast, efficient and accurate turnaround of documents by the Registry of Corporate Affairs.

We can obtain company information and documents on companies formed in the British Virgin Islands from the Registry of Corporate Affairs.

Public Records

The names of Directors and Shareholders do not appear on public record. The only documents that need to be filed at the Companies Registry are the incorporation documents, which include details of the Registered Office and Registered Agent - new companies in the BVI have to disclose their business activities.

An IBC company is not required to file accounts with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs. The documents which are filed and available for public inspection are the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the Certificate of Incorporation.

BVI Company Search

We can conduct searches at the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs on any BVI registered company.

The contents of a BVI company search report include:

  • Company Name
  • Foreign Character Name - if applicable
  • Previous Names History - Previous name,date from/cease date - if applicable
  • Company Number
  • Date of Incorporation/Registration
  • Type of Incorporation - Re-registration, New incorporation
  • Company Type: private, plc, nfp
  • Current Legal Status: in Good Standing, Struck Off, in Penalty, Inactive
  • List of Filings and attachments
  • Share Capital
  • Bearer Shares - if the company has ability to issue Bearer Shares
  • Authorised Share Capital
  • Class of Shares
  • Number of Shares Issued
  • Registered Agent
  • Registered Office Address
  • Last licence fee payment
  • Register of Mortgages/Charges filed at the BVI Registry (if filed at the BVI Registry)
  • Register of Directors (if filed at the BVI Registry)
  • Register of Members (if filed at the BVI Registry)
  • The date if struck off (if applicable)
  • Register of Charges, whilst no requirement to file in practice they may be available. (company often files details of charges as the lender normally requires it)
  • List of company filings - including date, transaction number, description of filing, status, general filing
  • Certificate History - including type of certificate, transaction number and date of filing

BVI Company Search Report - Timescale

The search report will be ordered from the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs and delivered by email in 2 - 4 days.

BVI Company Search

BVI Certificate of Good Standing

We can supply a Certificate of Good Standing from the Registrar of Corporate Affairs certifying the BVI company is on the Registrar of Companies, has paid all annual fees and penalties due, has not voluntarily liquidated and proceedings to Strike off the Company from the Register of Companies has not been instituted.

The Certificate of Good Standing is a document issued by the Registrar of Corporate Affairs of the BVI and the document certifies in pursuant of the BVI Business Companies Act 2004.

The Certificate of Good Standing includes the company name and company registration number.

The certificate is provided from the Registrar of Corporate Affairs with an official stamp, seal and with the signature of an authorised officer.

Click on the image to see what a British Virgin Islands Certificate of Good Standing looks like and what it contains.

Since 2014, certificates issued by the Commission’s Registry of Corporate Affairs bear an additional security feature which is a unique Certificate ID. The authenticity of a certificate issued by the Registry of Corporate Affairs can also be verified.

BVI certificate of Good Standing

BVI Certificate of Incorporation

We can provide a certified copy of the original Certificate of Incorporation for a BVI registered company.

The certificate confirms the date the BVI company was incorporated and the Registrar of Companies certify that in respect of the incorporation all requirements of the BVI companies Act were satisfied.

If the current company status is Struck/ Dissolved only a scanned copy of the document can be provided by the BVI registry.

BVI certificate of Inocorporation

Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association

The Memorandum and Articles of Association are statutory documents that must be drafted and filed with the Registry upon incorporation of the company. The documents govern how the company is to operate, its relationship with the outside world and the company's constitution. Certified documents copies cannot be issued by the registry for companies not in Good Standing..

BVI Memorandum of Association

BVI Company Namecheck

We check that your company name is acceptable and is not already incorporated or if incorporated what documents are available.

We can provide a BVI company namecheck service for clients incorporating a new company in the BVI. We check that your BVI company name is acceptable and is not already incorporated with the Registry of Corporate Affairs.

Companies regulated by the BVI Companies Act are required to use a corporate suffix. Limited companies must end their name with either Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Societe Anonyme, Sociedad Anonima, and their respective abbreviations such as Ltd, Corp, Inc and S.A.

To verify the details of an existing BVI company, we can provide BVI company search report and copies of official company documents filed with the Registry of Corporate Affairs.

Register of Directors

It is mandatory for a Register of Directors to be kept at the BVI registered office. There is no need to file the Register of Directors with the Registrar.

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities

Disclosure of the beneficial owners is not required and the share register may be inspected only by shareholders of the company.

Filing Requirements

In the BVI there is no requirements to file organisational or accounting information with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs.

Only the Memorandum and Articles are required for public records. The Registers of Directors, Shareholders and Mortgages and Charges may optionally be filed.

BVI Apostille Company Documents

We can supply Apostilled BVI company documents, they are certified by the Registry of Corporate Affairs and after which we obtain an Apostille certificate.

The Apostille certificate is issued by the Deputy Governor's Office, which certifies the authenticity of the document.

The following company documents are available Apostilled in the BVI, Apostille/Legalised by the BVI Deputy Governor's Office

  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Company Search/ Registry Extract - this has to be notarised before it can be Apostilled

This Apostille involves the addition of a certificate attached to the document which is called legalisation and certifies:

  • Country of origin of the company document
  • Name and identity of the signature - capacity in which a document has been signed
  • Official seal - Name of authority which has affixed a seal or stamp to the document
  • Place, date and company document number

Registry Strike off Letter

The Registry of Corporate Affairs can draft a letter confirming a BVI company was Struck off and Dissolved off the register.This includes the date the company was dissolved and details of the government notice: pursuant to section 216 of the Companies Act 2004.

BVI Company Documents

We can provide copies of official company documents and conduct searches for companies registered in the BVI.

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BVI Document Fees
  • Company Search Report - by email £96
  • Express Company Search Report - by email £148
  • Certificate of Good Standing - £120
  • Apostilled Certificate of Good Standing - £220
  • Apostilled Certificate of Incorporation - £220