Changing the name of an overseas company

The steps you take to 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 to reserve a new company name.

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 change of name with ASIC. They notify us of the change. We then send an email to your communication address advising you that you also need to register the change of name on the New Zealand Companies Register.

Change the name of an overseas company

To reserve and 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.

To change your company’s name, you must:

  • reserve the new company name
  • change the current company name to the new one.

1. Reserve the new name

Follow these steps.

  1. Search for your company using the company name, company number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). 
  2. From the search results, select the company that’s changing its name.
  3. Choose the My tools menu, then under the Save column, select Change company name.
  4. Next select the button, I would like to reserve a new company name.
  5. Fill in the details.
  6. Pay the fee of $10 (plus GST).
  7. Select Submit.

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

If your company is registered in Australia

At step 5, you’ll be asked to enter your ACN number, so that the system can retrieve your new name from ASIC.

Reserve a new company name

2. Change the company name

Follow these steps.

  1. Search for your company using the company name, company number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). 
  2. From the search results, select the name of the company you want to change.
  3. From the My tools menu, select Change company name.
  4. Next select Use an already reserved name.
  5. Choose the name you want to use from the list — even if there’s only 1.
  6. Select Submit.
Change company name

3. We confirm your company's new name

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

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