Great Britain

Check a com­pany in the UK busi­ne­ss register

From March 2019, with the preparations for Brexit, makes parallel verifications of British busi­ne­sses in VIES and the UK government's com­pany register (Com­pa­nies House). retrieves the title, address, sector, VAT ID, registration number and date, the status of the registration and valid VAT rates.

Collection of addi­ti­o­nal in­for­ma­ti­on (shareholders, signatories) is planned for the future.

As of 1st of January 2021, when the Brexit transition period ends, VIES validations for UK com­pa­nies will no longer work. Use to verify British VAT IDs:

Daily monitoring and JSON API also avai­la­ble.

Notification samples

When a change with a particular com­pany is noted, a notification with registered changes will be sent to you. Once per week, sends a status report(XLSX file) with all avai­la­ble data on com­pa­nies you are tracking.

Unique com­pany identifier

UK com­pa­nies have multiple unique identifiers,:

  • com­pany registration number (CRN), issued when the com­pany is formed and registered in the Com­pa­nies House register,
  • VAT ID, issued when a com­pany is registered for VAT. checks com­pa­nies using the VAT number in VIES (com­pa­nies in Northern Ireland only) and CRN in the Com­pa­nies House register. Here is a list of valid number formats:

TypeNumber formatDescription
VAT IDXI123 4567 899 digit code - stan­dard (com­pa­nies in Northern Ireland only)
VAT IDXI123 4567 89 01212 digit code - branch traders (com­pa­nies in Northern Ireland only)
VAT IDXIGD123GD and 3 digits - government departments (com­pa­nies in Northern Ireland only)
VAT IDXIHA123HA and 3 digits - health autho­ri­ties (com­pa­nies in Northern Ireland only)
CRN123456788 digit code - stan­dard
CRNAB1234562 letter prefix and 6 digit code - letters defining vari­ous regions or statuses
CRNA12345671 letter prefix and 7 digit code - older codes

Covering more than 40 coun­tries verifies com­pa­nies in more than 40 coun­tries, EU and beyond - from Portugal in the west to Russia in the east and from Norway in the north to Cyprus , Israel and South Africa in the south. 
Daily monitoring and JSON API also avai­la­ble. coverage is constantly expanding and needs new data sources. Do you know any? is used by:

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