What is a directors’ service address? This is the question most people would ask when they are about to start a company. There are certain formalities that have to be met in order for a company to exist. There are different types of offices that you have to have in place for your company’s correspondence to take place. Not to mention, the law relating to companies in your country would require you to have addresses like directors’ service address and registered office address in order for you to start your company – you can’t start a company without them.
The biggest confusion for people on what is a directors’ service address is between this and the registered office address. There is a huge difference between both but there are instances when both the offices can be the same, and that’s where the confusion comes from. Registered office address is the address that you will have to have in the same jurisdiction as your working place. All the correspondence done in the name of your company will take place using this address. This address will also go on all correspondence documents, public records and Companies House.
When it comes to the directors’ service address, this particular address is more personal to the director of the company. It is the address that the director of the company must have whereas registered office is more of a company’s address. All the correspondence that is done in the name of the director of the company would go to directors’ service address. An important thing here is that directors’ service address can be director’s personal address. However, this is not recommended since it could be a big hit on the personal life and privacy of director’s life.
It is in the hands of the directors to choose the registered office address as their service address too. Just like the registered office does not need to be visited, service address can be treated the same way. The director does not have to go to that office and there is no formality that he/she must visit it at least once in a month or a year. When directors set a separate service office address other than their residential address, this address goes on public records whereas their personal residential address is with the Companies House but it remains undisclosed to public entities.
Directors can have a service address and still have their corresponding mails and parcels delivered to their personal address without disclosing the personal address. This is done by using third party services that allow directors of the companies to set up a service address that not only goes to the Companies House but also the public records and correspondence. However, any mail coming to this address is forwarded to the director by the third party company in the chosen manner. These third party companies have a pre-specified address that directors can use as their service address to appear on public correspondence.