BVI Company Registry
The BVI Companies Act 2004 requires the Registrar of Corporate Affairs to maintain the following:
Register of Companies incorporated under the Act
Register of Foreign Companies registered under Part XI
Register of Charges registered under part VIII
We file all applications for new companies, allowing companies to be incorporated and registered with the BVI Registry of Corporate Affairs within 2-3 days.
Registrar of Corporate Affairs
The Registry of Corporate Affairs administers the BVI Business Companies Act and is responsible for ensuring that companies conducting business in the territory are compliant. They also ensure that the Register of Companies is properly maintained.
The BVI has maintained its leadership position due to the flexibility of its legislation, the quality of its financial services, the efficiency of its Registry of Corporate Affairs, its commitment to privacy and its integrity and stability as a jurisdiction.
Registry of Corporate Affairs
P.O. Box 418
British Virgin Islands
The Government of the BVI is committed to implementing cutting edge legislation, making the BVI one of the world’s finest international financial centres.
BVI Financial Services Commission
The BVI Financial Services Commission is the territory’s financial services regulator. They are responsible for authorising and licensing companies in the financial services.
Through the Registry of Corporate Affairs, the BVI Financial Services Commission is also responsible for the registration of all companies formed in the Territory and for the creation of Limited Partnerships and registration of trademarks and patents.
Information available from Registrar of Corporate Affairs
The BVI uses VIRRGIN, a state of the art electronic filing system. Company Incorporations and post-incorporation filings are made electronically, which leads to fast, efficient turnaround of documents by the Registry of Corporate Affairs.
We can obtain company information and documents on those incorporated in the British Virgin Islands through the Registry of Corporate Affairs. Please visit our Company Search page for further information.
As company incorporation agents, our relationship with the Registry of Corporate Affairs in the British Virgin Islands allows us to obtain company reports and copies of official documents held by the registry on any registered IBC.
BVI companies have to now file directors register with the BVI registry but, they can select to keep this private. If filed and not kept private it would be included in the BVI company search report we provide.
BVI Company Search Report
The contents of a BVI company search report will include:
Name Change if applicable
Date of Incorporation
Company Type: private, plc, nfp
Current Legal Status: in Good Standing, Struck Off
Type of Incorporation: Re-registration, New Incorporation
Authorised Share Capital
Bearer Shares – if the company has theability to issue Bearer Shares
Class of Shares
Number of Shares Issued
Registered Office Address
Date of last licence fee payment
Register of Mortgages/Charges filed at the BVI Registry (if filed at the Registry)
Register of Directors (if filed at the Registry)
Register of Members (if filed at the Registry)
Register of Charges (if applicable)
The date if struck off (if applicable)
List of company filings – including date, transaction number, description of filing, status, general filing
Certificate History – including type of certificate, transaction number and date of filing
Timescale: 2 – 3 business days
BVI Certificate of Good Standing
We can supply a Certificate of Good Standing from the Registrar of Corporate affairs certifying that the company is in Good Standing.
The certificate resembles the Certificate of Incorporation and is required to formally confirm the company’s continued legal existence and that all administrative requirements were followed.
The Certificate of Good Standing will not be issued if there are overdue fees or penalties due and the status will need to be restored.
If the company is not in Good Standing and a Good Standing Certificate cannot be issued by the BVI registry they will instead provide a company search extract showing the current company status.
Certified Copies of Official Company Documents
We can obtain certified copies of official company documents direct from the registry for any BVI company, provided the company is in Good Standing.
Certified documents available:
Certificate of Good Standing
Certificate of Incorporation
Memorandum & Articles of Association / Company Statutes
A certified document is where the Registry of Corporate Affairs stamps the document to verify its authenticity.
Timescale: 2 – 4 business days
Apostilled Company Documents
A certificate is issued by the Deputy Governor’s Office, which certifies the authenticity of the document.
The following documents are complete with certification (legalisation) from the Deputy Governor’s Office:
Certificate of Good Standing
Certified copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association
Certified copy of Certificate of Incorporation
This involves the addition of a certificate attached to the document which verifies:
Country of origin of the document
Name and identity of the signature – capacity in which a document has been signed
Place, date and document number
Timescale: 10 – 14 business days
BVI Registered Agent
A BVI company is required to maintain certain
records and documents at the office of its Registered Agent, but
there is no public right to inspect these documents:
Register of Directors
Register of Shareholders
Copies of all notices and documents filed with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs in the last decade
A company must also keep other documents including:
Minutes of members’ and directors’ meetings and copies of resolutions
Financial records sufficient to show and explain the company’s transactions
Order Company Documents
To order company documents or a company search, please complete the form below. We aim to respond to you by email within a few hours of your request. If the document is not listed, please specify which document you require.