Society/Union - Registry of Friendly Societies

Search for Society/Union Details

View RFS Search Facility - https://search.cro.ie/rfs/

Documents with no scanned images available on our search facility can be requested by contacting our office via the following email address: rfs@dbei.gov.ie. Documents for cancelled Societies/Unions are stored offsite and have to be retrieved from our offsite storage facility. As a result, such documents cannot be obtained on the same day they are requested. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Information on Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS)

The Registrar of Friendly Societies is responsible for the assessment and registration of applications and any subsequent amendment of rules which societies are obliged to render to the Registrar, and to ensure that registered societies meet their statutory obligations with regard to filing returns, which once registered are made available for inspection by the public. In this regard the following three classes of body come under the remit of the Registrar of Friendly Societies:

The Registry of Friendly Societies is based in Bloom House, Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1   Eircode: D01 F8W9 and shares the Location with the Companies Registration Office. The Registry is open between 10.00am and 1pm and from 2.15pm to 4.30pm.

Postal Address: PO Box 12858, Dublin 1.

Phone: 01-804 5499 , 1890 220 225*                         Email: rfs@dbei.gov.ie

*Please note that the use of 1890 (Lo Call) numbers may vary among different service providers.

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Online Search

The Register of Friendly Societies, Trade Unions and Industrial and Provident Societies is not fully available online and cannot be searched using the CRO website search. https://search.cro.ie/rfs/

It is possible to search online (by name) for a particular society or trade union. You are able to see a list of documents that have been filed against the society/union. Once you click on a particular society or union, you will see its number, address, entity type (whether friendly or industrial & provident society or a trade union), the date of registration, the last date of an annual return submitted to the RFS and the date of the last triennial return filed (where required). Should you click on View Submissions you will see listed the various submissions filed and whether they are processed and/or scanned.

It is possible to purchase online an image of a document for an Industrial and Provident Society. (Fee €2.50). (Payment by credit card only). However, at present, it is not possible to purchase online an image of a document for either a Trade Union or a Friendly Society. We hope to add this functionality in the future.

Documents with no scanned images available on our search facility can be requested by contacting our office via the following email address: rfs@dbei.gov.ie.  Documents for cancelled Societies/Unions are stored offsite and have to be retrieved from our offsite storage facility. As a result, such documents cannot be obtained on the same day they are requested. Please note that we are currently in the process of preparing to move premises. This may cause a delay in the retrieval of documents. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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RFS - Legislation change

Statutory Auditors Act 2018

Following changes introduced in the Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018, the citation for the Industrial and Provident Acts is now 1893 to 2018 and the citation for the Friendly Societies Acts is now 1896 to 2018. Changes that relate to these Acts are set out in Part 3 to the 2018 Act. References to "public auditors" have been replace by "statutory auditors". Section 1441 Companies Act 2014 has been repealed.

New Form Regulations

September 2018: Changes have been made in relation to Industrial and Provident Societies Forms, Friendly Societies Forms and Trade Union Forms. Some of the main changes are highlighted on RFS Form Changes page.

New Fees Orders

August 2018: Changes have been made to the fees provisions for all areas of The Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS). Changes have been made to the Industrial and Provident Societies fees as well as those for Friendly Societies and Trade Unions. Fees are being reduced for most forms.  Please see webpages for updated information: Industrial & Provident Society Fees, Friendly Societies Fees and Trade Union Fees.

The option to file certain RFS documents online will be introduced in the coming months and further ezines will issue in relation to this

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