Changing the name of an overseas company

What’s required when you change an overseas company's name

To change the name of an overseas company, follow the same online process as for a New Zealand company. When you change your company's name, you need to pay a fee of $10 (plus GST).

Changing the name of a company incorporated in Australia

If your company is incorporated with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), you must first register the name change with ASIC. Once ASIC has notified us of the change, we’ll ask you by email to register the change on the New Zealand Companies Register.

Authority to update a company name

To change the name of a company incorporated overseas, you must have:

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

Check if a company name is available

The name you choose cannot be identical or almost identical to that of another company. There are some names that aren't acceptable under the Companies Act 1993.

Change the name of an overseas company

This is a 2-step process.

Step 1

Log in to your online services account, and search for the company by company name, company number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) then follow these steps.

  1. Choose the My tools menu, select Change company name.
  2. Next select one of the following options:
    • I would like to reserve a new company name, or
    • I would like to swap names with another company.
  3. Select 'Continue'
  4. Check the name you want to change to is available to use.
  5. Pay the fee of $10 (plus GST).
  6. Select Submit.

If the name is acceptable, we'll send an email confirming that your new name has been reserved. You can then register the name change.

Step 2

Log in to your online services account, and search for the company as above, then follow these steps.

  1. Choose the My tools menu, select Change company name.

What happens next

We’ll send you an email confirming that the name of your company has changed, and attach a Certificate of Registration.

Change company name

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