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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.

Person Registration

Guidance NoteDescription
pdf icon Director Registration guidance [232kb]Guidance on person registrations and requirements.
pdf icon Person Registration Form [146kb]

Individual person registration PDF form. This form should be returned to the Registry by email or by post with a copy of a current utility bill, dated within the last 3 months, and a certified copy of your passport.

Please note that CSPs should register persons using the online Register Entity Officials form at

pdf icon Overseas Body Corporate Registration form [124kb]Overseas body corporate registration PDF form. This form is used to register overseas corporate entities to act as a director on a Guernsey entity.

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.

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