The majority of companies formed in Ireland are Private Company limited by shares. To form this type of company you need two directors, one secretary (who can be one of the directors) and a registered office address.
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To form this type of company you need two directors, one secretary (who can be one of the directors) and a registered office address.
- Minimum of two directors (one director needs to be an EEA resident):
Anyone can be a director of a company and you do not need any particular qualifications or experience. A person does not need to work for the company or own shares in it. One of the directors is required to be resident in a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA). If you don’t have a director who is based in the European Economic Area (EEA), you need to take out a Section 43 insurance bond. We require one proof of identity and one proof of address for all directors, secretary and shareholders (read below for more information).
- Minimum one Secretary:
Anyone can be a secretary of a private company limited by shares and you do not need any particular qualifications or experience. A person does not need to work for the company or own shares in it. The secretary may be one of the directors of the company. A body corporate may act as a secretary to another company, but not to itself.
- Shareholders (members):
Anyone can be a shareholder or member of a company and you do not need any particular qualifications or experience. A body corporate may act as a shareholder to another company. In a multi member company there has to be two or more shareholders and they will own 100% of the shares split whatever way they prefer.
Example Shareholder A: 75%, Shareholder B: 25%.
In a single member company there will be only one shareholder who will own 100% of the shares.
The maximum number of Shareholders (members) is 99. We require one proof of identity and one proof of address for all shareholders (read below for more information).
- Registered office:
It is a requirement that all companies formed in Ireland must have a registered office address based in Southern Ireland. The registered office of a company is where all CRO correspondence and all formal legal notices addressed to the company will be sent.
The address must be a physical location, not just a post office box number, because people have the right to visit the company’s registered office to inspect certain registers and documents and to deliver the documents by hand. A letter addressed to the company at its registered office address must be capable of being delivered by An Post.
If you do not have a registered office address in Ireland we will gladly provide you with this service for a fee of €250.00 per annum (Registered Office information).
In order to prevent money laundering and to meet legislative requirements, we need to collect ID that confirms who each director and shareholder is. In order to confirm your identity and your address we require two separate items, e.g. a passport and a driver’s license. We will not accept one item to cover both requirements. As a guideline we need one item from each table below.
To verify the Directors, Shareholders details we need ONE of the following photo ID’s from the list below:
• Copy of current valid signed Passport
• Copy of full Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland/UK driving license or provisional license
• Copy of Garda Identification (ML10) form and photograph
• Copy of Public Service Card
• Copy of Pension Book
• Copy of National Identity Card – must show photograph.
To verify the Directors, Shareholders details we need ONE of the following proofs of address from the list below:
• Original bank, Building Society or Credit Card statement – Less than 6 months old
• Original utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, Mobile) – less than 6 months old
• Original mortgage summary statement – Less than 12 months old
• Original notification of determination of tax credits – valid for the current/next tax year
• Original balancing statement for Revenue Commissioners – issued within 6 months of account opening
• Original benefits Book – includes Child Benefit and Disability Benefit
• Original local Authority/County Council Services Bill – issued within the last 12 months