Re-Registration under the new Companies Act

Re-registration is where a company changes from one type to another. Under the new Companies Act, it is possible to change from any type to the other eg. Limited to Unlimited, from Private to Public or from limited by shares to limited by guarantee or vice versa.

In re-registrations to another company type, Form D20 must be submitted under section 1285 of the Companies Act 2014. There are additional requirements depending on the type of re-registration being initiated. Please see link to Forms CRO

Changes, such as from limited to unlimited or from a company without shares to a company with shares, may require the assent of members to the change and the disclosure of ownership. Form D20 is completed regardless of the re-registration type being sought and the new constitution of the company is submitted together with the resolution/court order as the case may be.


Conversion to a LTD company or DAC under Part 2 of the Companies Act is a separate procedure. Conversion for private limited by shares companies is a procedure which does not have filing fees. Re-registration under Part 20 of the Companies Act will have filing fees. Conversion to a Societas Europaea is also a separate procedure).


The special resolution shall alter the company’s constitution so that it states that the company is to be a company of the type that the company wishes to be re-registered as; make such other alterations in the company’s constitution as are necessary to bring it in substance and in form into conformity with the requirements of this Act with respect to the constitution of the resultant company type; and make such other alterations in the company’s constitution as are requisite in the circumstances.

The re-registration of a company as another type of company pursuant to this Part shall not affect any rights or obligations of the company or render defective any legal proceedings by or against the company, and any legal proceedings which might have been continued or commenced against it in its former status may be continued or commenced against it in its new status.

Change from simplified LTD company model to another type

Please note that if a company is re-registering from a LTD company (Private Company Limited by Shares registered under the Companies Act 2014), it must have at least two directors. All other company types have a minimum of two directors. A LTD company is the only type of company that can have only one director. As a result, Form B10 may be required to be filed together with the application to re-register to bring up the minimum number of directors to two. A LTD company does not have objects but where it re-registers as any other type of company, it will have to specify the objects for which the company is incorporated.

Conversion  Re-Registration
Available to private limited by shares companies registered under the previous Companies Acts only Available to all company types
Conversion has no filing fees Re-registration does have filing fees for each submission
Conversion may not be a change of company type - moving instead to the simplified LTD model.  Re-Registration is a change of company type, from one type to another eg. DAC to CLG, PLC to PULC etc.
Conversion is limited to the Transition Period  Re-Registration can be effected at any date post commencement 

Conversion to LTD model (form N1 submitted). Conversion to DAC (form N2 submitted)

Re-Registration (all types) (Form D20 submitted). Other documents may be required dependent on type change being effected.