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Annual Validation - Companies

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.

Please note that the deadline for filing company annual validation submissions was 31 August 2021. Companies that failed to file an annual validation by 31 August 2021 are liable to civil penalties - please see our guidance here for further information.

There are some changes to the information collected on annual validations for 2021. Further guidance is available below.

All Guernsey companies must file an Annual Validation with the Registry between 1 June and 31 August (except companies incorporated in May of that year).

The Annual Validation contains the details of the company as they were on 31 May. All Annual Validation submissions are made online at

The Annual Validation fee depends on the classification of the company. See here for the company fee schedule

You may wish to consider whether your company should be passing waiver resolutions exempting the company from the requirements to have its accounts audited and/or hold an AGM. Further information on how to pass and file these resolutions is available here: Resolutions & Waivers

Where a company fails to file an annual validation, the company will be guilty of an offence and will be liable to a Civil Penalty.

You will need the following to make the submission:

1.   Log in details for the Online Services Portal - click here for more information on how to register/log in

2.   Company registration number and Entity PIN - click here for information regarding PINs

3.   Payment method (cheque, credit/debit card, Registry credit account)

The guidance notes on this page give further information relating to Annual Validations. Should you need any more information please contact us.

Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Company annual validation guidance - 2021 [2Mb]General guidance on how to submit a 2021 company annual validation.
pdf icon Annual validation guidance for local trading and property holding companies - 2021 [2Mb]Guidance for local trading companies and local property holding companies on how to submit a 2021 company annual validation.
pdf icon Frequently asked questions - company annual validation [535kb]Frequently asked questions regarding the 2021 company annual validation form.
pdf icon PIN requests [2Mb]Step-by-step guidance on requesting a new Entity PIN using the Online Services Portal.
pdf icon Company annual validation form questions and options list [246kb]List of all possible questions and options on the 2021 company annual validation form.
pdf icon My Companies & Data Download [537kb]Guidance on how to use the 'Data Download' function to export the data held by the Registry for all companies added to 'My Companies'. This can be useful if you are filing annual validations for several companies and need to verify that the data is up to date.
pdf icon Limited companies - Civil penalties for failure to file annual validation [282kb]Information on civil penalties for failure to file company annual validations.

Annual Validation Amendments

If you need to amend an Annual Validation that has already been filed you can file an Annual Validation Amendment submission.

You will need to ensure that the relevant details have been updated (by making the relevant online submissions) before making the Annual Validation Amendment submission.

Guidance noteDescription
pdf icon How to make an Annual Validation Amendment submission [2Mb]Step-by-step guidance on making an Annual Validation Amendment submission online.