The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is managing the activities of the Companies Register Office, which contains centralized information regarding the Irish companies and business names.
The main functions of the Companies Register Office are : the incorporation of companies and the registration of business names, the receipt and recording of incorporation documents, the enforcement of the companies to respect the regulation from the of the Companies Acts regarding filing the annual accounts and providing information regarding the companies to the public.
All the companies established in Ireland have the obligation to register at the CRO. Also the limited partnerships and the foreign companies must be registered. The business names must also be recorded.
Any change in the company’s status, Memorandum of Association, capital, management scheme, name change must be reported immediately to the Companies Register Office.
The availability of the name of the companies created in Ireland may be checked free of charge for on the CRO portal. Also the reservation of the available names can be made for 28 days after paying a fee.
A company opened in Ireland that fails to submit the annual accounts can be raised from the Companies Register Office. After a company is erased from the Register, the members of it are personally liable for the business’ losses. The assets of the company are becoming State property.
The information registered in the Companies Register Office is available online for the public, some of them for free.
All the companies receive Registration Certificates after applying with the correct documents to the CRO.
The company registration is made very easily by depositing the company’s memorandum of association, articles of incorporation and a standard application. Also a fee must be paid before registration.
The basic information included in the CRO like the company’s name or address can be checked online on the Companies Register Office portal free of charge. For the other necessary information, a small fee must be paid and the requester must ask for the printout or copies of any document filed by the company. This can also be performed online.
Duplicate certificates may be received in a PDF form very easily and free of charge, just by submitting an email address and the company’s name.