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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 and beneficial owners, managing officials of charities and NPO's, Foundation officials and LLP members must be registered with the Guernsey Registry before they can be appointed on the system. Once registered, this does not link the person automatically to a company, charity, Foundation or LLP; the relevant online submission must be made once they are registered.

Person registrations must be made online via the online services portal 

Person Registration

Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Director Registration guidance [232kb]Guidance on person registrations and requirements.
pdf icon Person Registration Guidance [988kb]Step-by-step guidance on how to file a person registration in the online portal. 

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 using the 'Add/Remove Director/Resident Agent' form under 'New Filing - Submit Entity Filings' tab.

If the directors/resident agent service address changes you must notify the Registry using the online services portal and filing a 'Change Director/Resident Agent Service Address' form. 

If any of your personal details (residential address, name, etc.) change you must notify the Registry using the online system and filing a 'Change Registered Person Details' form under 'New Filing - Create a New Entity'. 

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