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FAQs for Statutory PROOF
1.What is PROOF?
PROOF is PROtected Online Filing. It enables companies to protect themselves from unauthorised changes to their company's record as it prevents the filing of certain paper forms. These include documents for an appointment/termination/change of particulars of company officers and the change of the registered office.
Once you have successfully joined the scheme, Companies House will reject any paper versions of these forms and send them back to the registered office address. This will help ensure that any changes made have been registered by the company itself.
2. How do I register my company for PROOF?
The PROOF scheme is now available online via the WebFiling service. To join, you simply need to agree to the Terms and Conditions and choose 'Join PROOF'. Following the confirmation screen, you can proceed to the WebFiling menu for filing documents.
Once your company is in the PROOF scheme, you can be assured that attempts to file the following forms on paper will be rejected:
It is, therefore, vital that anyone who is authorised to file on behalf of the company is notified about the PROOF scheme, to avoid unnecessary rejected paper documents.
If you have not signed up to the WebFiling service, please read further details.
3. Is there a charge associated with PROOF?
No. The PROOF scheme is free of charge.
4. Will I receive confirmation that I have registered online for Statutory PROOF?
Yes – you will receive an email confirmation as soon as your electronic application has been submitted and then a further email when we have processed your application to tell you whether or not it was successful.
5. I have submitted my application to join PROOF but have not received an email to confirm that it has been accepted. Should I re-submit?
No. Applications to join PROOF may take up to 48 hours to process. Please check the PROOF status marker on the main menu to confirm the progress of your request.
6. How do I know if my company is already registered for Statutory PROOF?
You can view your company's PROOF Status on the WebFiling Menu Screen. There is a new box on the right-hand side of the page which indicates whether your application is in progress or is/is not registered for PROOF. (Please note that applications to join or leave PROOF in the last 48 hours may not yet have been applied.
If you have previously registered for PROOF please see Q10 about transferring to Statutory PROOF.
7. What filings are covered by Statutory PROOF?
The following filings are covered by the PROOF scheme:
1985 Companies Act forms - for 'events' which occurred before 01/10/09:
The PROOF scheme will reject paper submissions of the above forms only; any other form type filed on paper can be accepted.
8. Can I file a paper version of a form if I need to even though I've joined Statutory PROOF?
Yes. A 'Paper Consent' form will need to be completed. To obtain a Paper Consent form, please call our contact centre on 0303 1234 500. Please note that the use of the Paper Consent form is limited as per the Terms and Conditions applicable to PROOF and should only be used if absolutely necessary.
9. What other documents outside the PROOF scheme can I file electronically?
The following filings can also be submitted using WebFiling:
1985 Companies Act form - for 'events' which occurred before 01/10/09:
10. If my company has already registered for PROOF, do I have to re-register for Statutory PROOF online?
Yes. The Statutory PROOF scheme has new terms and conditions in compliance with the Companies Act 2006. Existing customers will need to transfer to the new scheme on or after the 1st of October to take advantage of the benefits that this service has to offer. To transfer, simply log on to WebFiling service, tick the box agreeing to the terms and conditions and select 'join PROOF'.
11. What will happen if I don't transfer to Statutory PROOF?
Companies House encourages customers to transfer to the new Statutory PROOF scheme at their earliest convenience as the existing schemes will eventually be withdrawn. Those customers who do not transfer to the Statutory PROOF scheme may be removed from the scheme and be at risk of fraudulent filings.
12. How do I leave the PROOF scheme?
You can leave the PROOF scheme by selecting the 'Leave PROOF here' link in the PROOF Status box on the Menu screen. You will receive an email confirmation as soon as your electronic request to leave the scheme has been successfully processed by us.
Please note that leaving the PROOF scheme means that your company will no longer be protected against fraudulent filings on paper.
13. I don't want to join the electronic PROOF scheme. How can I stop the continual prompt that appears when I log onto the WebFiling Service?
The page is displayed as a reminder for those who have not protected their companies against fraudulent filings on paper. This prompt will be displayed each time the user logs onto WebFiling unless the user has already signed up to the PROOF scheme online.