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In this article, we will focus on company information that is publicly available for companies registered in Poland.

Where can you find company information?

In Poland, company information is held by 3 different bodies.

1) The Central Registry and Information on Economic Activity (CEIDG) holds information on entrepreneurs who are individual traders (independent) or partners in a civil partnership made up of natural persons.

The CEIDG is managed by the Ministry of Economic Development and can be accessed at the following link: https://wws.ceidg.gov.pl/. The website is free and available in Polish and English.

A search on the CEIDG will offer the following information: PIN and REGON numbers, date of incorporation, registered address and contact details, types of activities (based on the Polish classification of activities), status of economic activity, contact details of representatives (lawyers ) .

2) The National Court Register (NCR) is a centralized database maintained by selected district courts located in major Polish cities and consists of three separate registers:

The NCR provides the following information: KRS, PIN and REGON numbers, full legal name of the company, category of company, type of register, class of company (e.g. private, public), date of incorporation, registered address, contact details of administrators/signatories.

3) The Official National Business Register (REGON) contains information on the following entities:

  • Moral people,

  • organizational entities without legal personality,

  • natural persons engaged in economic activities (including private agricultural holdings),

  • local units of the entities mentioned above.

You can access the National Court Register website at: http://www.stat.gov.pl/regon/

Civil companies can be found in the REGON register if you cannot find data in the CEIDG.

The following information can be found in REGON: Company Category, Full Company Name, Registered Address, Registry Type, Incorporation Date, Company Category.

The REGON website is free and only available in Polish.

How to search?

To search for information on any of the above registers, you must insert one of the following information: company name, KRS number, PIN number or REGON number. For REGON however, you cannot search using only the company name.

At CEIDG, if a person was registered as an individual (independent) entrepreneur or as a partner in a civil partnership before 1 January 2012, to search for the person, you will need to enter the PESEL number of the person (a numerical symbol that uniquely identifies a specific individual recorded in the PESEL database).

NIP (Numer Identyfikacji Podatkowej) is a number for tax purposes

REGON (Rejestr Gospodarki Narodowej) is a number for national statistical purposes

KRS (Krajowy Rejestr Sadowy) is the national court register number

What are the different types of companies in Poland?

The main trading companies in Poland adopt one of the following structures:

  • A spolka z ograniczona odpowiedzialnoscia (sp. zo o) which means a limited liability company (LLC);

  • A spolka akcyjna (SA) which means a joint stock company (JSC);

  • A prosta spolka akcyna (PSA) which designates a simple joint-stock company (simple JSC);

  • A spolka europejska (SE) which means a European company (EC);

  • A spolka komandytowa (sp.k.) which means a limited partnership;

  • A spolka komandytowo-akcyjna (SKA) which means a partnership limited by shares; and

  • A spolka partnerska (sp.p.) which means professional partnership.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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