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Registration Methods

Applications to incorporate companies can be submitted under any one of three schemes, each of which has a different customer service standard


Ordinary: while there is no guaranteed service level, in practice it takes 15 working days.
Fé Phráinn: ten working days
Online A1: five working days

Documents are processed in chronological order and are subject to checks. Documents returned for correction are processed according to their date of re-submission to the CRO

Reserve Company Name

This service is only available online at www.core.ieLinks to external website. Registration with CORE is free. The name can be reserved for 28 days and the cost of this application is €25.00, which can be paid in advance by credit card or charged to your account in the CRO. If this is presented within the 28 days specified the incorporation fee will be reduced by the €25.00. See Reserve Company Name page for more information. You can check the suitability of a company name using this facility for free.

Fé Phráinn

The CRO operates a company incorporation scheme which streamlines the incorporation of companies required for immediate commercial use by company promoters. Under this scheme, the CRO guarantees to participants that they will be provided with a certificate of incorporation within ten working days of the relevant documents having been completed correctly and lodged at the CRO. The scheme applies to private companies limited by shares, unlimited companies and companies limited by guarantee.

Company promoters submit a draft memorandum and articles of association to the CRO for approval. When approved, the draft is printed by the applicant, to CRO specifications, and it becomes the standard text against which all future applications will be examined. A copy of the printed version of the memorandum and articles is retained by the CRO for comparison against applications received from participants. This is to ensure that the contents remain unaltered from one application to the next.

Companies lodged under the scheme do not require the usual intensive level of attention at the incorporation stage as they have, in effect, been checked previously which enables the issue of certificates within the ten working day limit. As the purpose of the scheme is to facilitate company promoters who require speedy incorporations, no amendments may be made to the approved text without the express prior approval of the CRO.

The conditions applicable are outlined on the application form.  pdf logo Fe Phráinn Application (0.12 MB, Adobe PDF) 

It should be noted that Membership of the Fé Phráinn scheme does not create a partnership, relationship or agency or joint venture of any kind between the CRO and the Member.  A Member of the Fé Phráinn scheme shall not hold itself out as being or representing or otherwise associated or connected with CRO. Without limitation to the foregoing, a Member of the Fé Phráinn scheme shall not use or refer to CRO and/or its logo in its website or in any advertising, marketing or promotional literature or press release or statement without the prior written consent of CRO

For further particulars of the scheme contact the CRO at 01 804 5384/5277/5381/5478. Information Leaflet No.1 deals with Company Incorporation.

Online A1

It is an electronic company incorporation scheme designed to facilitate those presenters who require speedy company incorporation.  Please Note: Regarding Single Incorporation - The scheme is open only to presenters who become members of the Fé Phráinn Scheme and also requires the set up of a deposit account. As a result, a period of time is involved prior to using the Online A1. The Online A1 system is not suitable for a once-off incorporation, but is instead used by presenters who file documents regularly.

Features of the system:

  • Certificate of incorporation issued within five working days.
  • No queuing to lodge documents in the cash office.
  • No cash handling. The charge for documents lodged is deducted directly from the customers deposit account.
  • User-friendly interface, emulating the current CRO form designs.

To avail of the scheme, presenters must have a Customer Account with the CRO. 

For further information, please phone: 01 804 5277 or (01) 804 5384, 804 5478 and 804  5381.

Reference Memorandum and Articles of Association

The Company Law Enforcement Act 2001 made provision for the registration of pro forma or "Reference" Memoranda and Articles of Association, in effect allowing the Fé Phráinn scheme to be placed on a statutory footing.  Pursuant to the new provisions, the memorandum and articles, once registered, may be referenced in future incorporations and need no longer be filed with each new incorporation.

Registration of Ref M&A

The CRO is now accepting for registration by presenters, copies of Ref M&A in respect of all company types allowable for registration under the Companies Acts 1963 - 2013.

A registration fee of €100 is being charged in respect of each Ref M&A registered with the Office. 

Application for registration of Ref M&A

The Ref M&A must be submitted to New Companies Section electronically i.e. as a "Word" document on a diskette or CD.  It should be in plain text with numbered paragraphs without footnotes or headers. Anybody with difficulty in producing a diskette or CD should contact the New Companies Section to make alternative arrangements.

Each Ref M&A will be checked and given a registration number and this registration number may be quoted when submitting an Online A1 application to the Office. The CRO will modify the document by assigning a header and footer that will include the reference number.  We will convert the document directly to a TIFF image to be stored on our imaging system.  Copies will be printed and furnished to the presenter electronically and on paper.

The presenter can then proof read the stored version to confirm that it is correct.  When satisfied that it is in order, the presenter may make final application to have the document registered.

Applications for incorporation

Upon registration, the incorporation documents and the Ref M&A will be merged into one TIFF image and when searched or retrieved later they will be displayed as a single document in accordance with the Act.

* 80.-(1)  The registrar of companies may accept for registration a document containing standard form text from the objects clause of a memorandum of association or from articles of association and shall assign a reference number to each document so registered.
(2)  Notwithstanding anything in the Companies Acts, a document filed pursuant to subsection (1) need not relate to a particular company or contain the registered number of a company.
(3)  A memorandum or articles of association may contain a statement that it is to incorporate the text of a document previously registered with the registrar pursuant to subsection (1), which document shall be identified by the reference number assigned to it by the registrar.
(4)  Where a memorandum or articles of association contains a statement as referred to in subsection (3), it shall be deemed for all purposes to incorporate within it the text of the relevant document filed with the registrar pursuant to subsection (1), so that it shall form and be read as one entire document, and where such a memorandum or articles of association has been registered by the registrar and is inspected by any person, the registrar shall also make available for inspection the related document filed with him or her pursuant to subsection (1).