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Require proof of identification to register a company with Companies House

Submitted on Friday 11th November 2022

Rejected on Thursday 17th November 2022

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: already-happening (see below for details)

Petition Action

Require proof of identification to register a company with Companies House

Petition Details

To register a company with Companies House requires no proof of Identification. It is registered based on good faith. In current times where crime and identity fraud are prevalent it is important to safeguard the safety of the public by requring documents as proof of identity.

Additional Information

I have been a victim of this. Instead of a simple call to dissolve the company it requires forms to be filled in and a review process that will take considerable time before it is resolved. This scenario wouldn't happen if proof of identity was required, just as it is required for opening a bank account. Companies can be created without the person ever knowing it has been made using their name. Requiring proof of identity will remove this vunerability that fraudsters are capitalising on.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There is already legislation going through the Commons (the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill) that would introduce compulsory identify verification for company directors and some shareholders.

You can follow progress of this Bill here: bills.parliament.uk/bills/3339

And you can read a House of Commons Library briefing on this Bill here: commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9625/

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