The Polish Trade Registry/Polish Business Register is managed by the Polish Ministry of Justice. It provides information about companies, associations and other legal entities.
Any company formed in Poland
needs to be registered at the National Court Registe
r in order to receive a unique company ID number (REGON), NIP (Tax Identification Number) and statistical number. Legal persons, organisational units without the status of a legal person, natural persons that perform economic activities and any local units of the aforementioned entities must be entered into The National Official Business Register (REGON)
. The registration is mandatory.
Access to the Polish Register
The REGON register is open for public access. It can be accessed online and it contains both free information about the registered companies and information that is disclosed for a certain fee. In order to search for a Polish legal entity in the REGON register, the person seeking the information must enter the REGON identification number or the Tax Identification Number.
Information about registered companies that may be obtained from the REGON register for a certain fee includes the following:
- REGON identification number;
- name of the company, address and other identification details: phone and fax numbers, website (if the information is disclosed by the company);
- Tax Identification Number;
- legal form and form of ownership;
- the company’s main activity and dates regarding the commencement or suspension of such activity.
The National Court Register
When registering one of the available types of companies in Poland
, entrepreneurs must first notarize the company agreement and then register the company in the National Court Register
. The application for registration is submitted
at the Register of Entrepreneurs in the National Court Register (KRS).
The Polish Ministry of Justice also provides an online search option to look for existing companies in the National Register. The website (available in Polish) provides a public search based on the KRS number, other identification numbers and details regarding the location of the company. There is also an option to search the Registry of Insolvent Debtors.