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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 following the passing of The Companies (Annual Validation) (No. 2) Regulations, 2020, the annual validation period for companies has changed for 2021. Instead of filing between 1 January and 28 February, annual validations will be filed between 1 June and 31 July 2021. 

There will also be some changes to the information collected on annual validations for 2021. Further information and guidance will be released early in 2021.

All Guernsey companies must file an Annual Validation with the Registry between 1 June and 31 July (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

Failure to file an Annual Validation will result in the company being listed for strike off.

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
-Updated guidance on making an Annual Validation submission will be issued during Q1 2021.
pdf icon PIN requests [2Mb]Step-by-step guidance on requesting a new Entity PIN using the Online Services Portal.
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.

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.

Relevant links & information

The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008