User Guide No. 1 Introduction Who can Form a Company Decisions Prior to Incorporation Step 1: Choose available name Step 2: Registered Office Step 3: Memorandum and Articles Step 4: Directors and Shareholders Applying to the Registrar Fees

BVI Financial Services Commission User Guide No. 1 - Incorporating a Company Limited by Shares

Step 2 – Decide where the company’s registered office will be

Every company must have a registered office. The registered office is where documents may be legally served on the company. However, if the Registry ever needs to write to a company, it will always write to its registered agent, not its registered office.

The registered office must be a real physical address in the BVI - a post box is not sufficient. The registered office of a BVI company may be, and usually is, the office of the company’s registered agent. This will ensure that any documents served on the company will be brought to the attention of the directors quickly, but this is not a requirement under the Act.

However, you should be aware that it is unlawful for any person other than a licensed trust company or a licensed company manager to make a charge to you or your company for providing the registered office for your company.