Applying for a correction to the register

Step-by-step instructions for correcting your company details

If you've made a mistake in a document or in the details on the Companies Register, you can apply to have it corrected.

Authority to request a correction

To request a correction to the Companies Register you must have:

  • a RealMe® login
  • an online services account with the Companies Register
  • authority to act for your company.

Request a correction

To request a correction to the register, log in to your online services account, enter a company name, company number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) and follow these steps.

  1. From the Companies details page, select My tools.
  2. Select Lodge other documents.
  3. Select Request to correct the register.
  4. Use the comments field to tell us how the mistake happened and the correction you think should be made.
  5. Select Browse or Choose File to attach any supporting documents — for example a document that needs to be replaced.
  6. Select Submit.

Processing your request

We send an email when your request has been reviewed:

  • confirming if the correction has been made, or
  • advising you if we have to give public notice before the correction is made — this may happen if you've requested a correction to information on the register that was filed by another person.

Giving public notice

We must give public notice of our intention to correct the register on both our website and in the New Zealand Gazette. The correction will be processed if no objection is received by us within 20 working days of publishing the public notice.

If someone objects

If we receive a written objection within 20 working days of publishing the public notice, we won't be able to process the correction.

In this case we notify you and send you a copy of the objection. You then have the option to consider applying to the High Court for an order under section 360B of the Companies Act 1993. The correction will be made if the order is granted by the High Court.

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