Changes to Companies House protected online filing (PROOF) service will enhance security of company filings

Improvements to Companies House’s online services came into effect yesterday (2 June 2021) this will help prevent unauthorised company name changes.

PROOF is a free service which lets you protect your company from unauthorised or fraudulent changes to your records. It prevents the filing of certain paper forms, such as changes to your company’s registered office address or directors’ details.

From yesterday, 2 documents you need to change a company name will be added to the PROOF service. These are:

  • form NM01 (notice of change of name by resolution)
  • copy of resolution (change of name by special resolution)

A change of name by special resolution accounts for the majority of company name changes we receive, and is currently the only type of name change you can submit electronically.

You can join PROOF by using the Companies House online filing service. You’ll just need to be registered for online filing.