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Directors & Resident Agents

Please note: These guidance notes are not intended to be definitive legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. The interpretation of legislation is a matter on which the Guernsey Registry cannot advise and entities/individuals need to form their own independent view on compliance with the legislation. Independent legal advice is advised where there is any uncertainty.

All Guernsey companies must have at least one director at all times. A resident agent is also required (some exemptions apply, see resident agent guidance below).

All directors/resident agents must be registered with the Guernsey Registry before they can be appointed on the system. Once registered, this does not link the director automatically to the company; an online Add/Remove director submission must be made.

The guidance below gives further information on the requirements relating to directors/resident agents.

Director registration

Director registration
Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Director registration information [232kb]Guidance on director registrations and requirements.
pdf icon Director Registration form [147kb]Individual director registration PDF form. This form should be returned to the Registry by email or by post with a certified copy of your ID.
pdf icon Overseas Body Corporate Registration form [124kb]Overseas body corporate registration PDF form. This form is used to register overseas corporate entities as Guernsey directors.

Changes to directors or resident agents

Any changes to the directors/resident agent must be notified to the Registry using the online system within 14 days of the change occurring.

If any of your personal details (residential address, name, etc.) change you must notify the Registry using the online system.

You can check your current and past directorships at any time using the Online Services Portal - you will need your person ID and person PIN to do this.

Changes to directors
Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Add/Remove Company Directors submission [5Mb]Step-by-step guidance on how to add/remove directors using the Online Services Portal.
pdf icon Add/Remove Company Resident Agent submission [4Mb]Step-by-step guidance on how to add/remove a resident agent using the Online Services Portal.
pdf icon Change Personal Details submission [1Mb]Step-by-step guidance on how to change your personal details (residential address, occupation, etc.) using the Online Services Portal
pdf icon My Registry Relationships [1Mb]Step-by-step guidance on how to use the 'My Registry Relationships' tool to view your current and previous directorships and check your personal information.

Requirements relating to directors & resident agents

The resident agent of a company is required to keep details of the beneficial owners of the company.

Only a Guernsey resident individual director of a company, or a Corporate Service Provider may act as the Resident Agent.

In addition, there are certain requirements relating to the number of directorships held by an individual (see guidance below).

Requirements of directors
Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Resident Agent guidance [254kb]Information on what a resident agent is, why companies need a resident agent and the requirements relating to resident agents, including exemptions
pdf icon Multiple directorships guidance [171kb]Information on multiple personal directorships and the need to hold a personal fiduciary licence

Relevant links & information

The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008